An Anthropologist’s Journey to Unitarian Universalism

Dr. Amy Nichols-Belo – December 4, 2016

What is religion from an anthropological, rather than theological perspective? How might theory shape personal belief and experience? Using examples from my fieldwork in Tanzania and other personal experiences, I will use the anthropology of religion to frame my personal journey to High Street.

Amy Nichols-Belo is an Assistant Professor of Global Health Studies and Anthropology at Mercer University. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Virginia. She has conducted research in Tanzania on malevolent witchcraft and traditional healing in Mwanza, Tanzania since 2004. 

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Blessed Is The Match

Rev. Cassandra Howe – November 13, 2016

Hannah Senesh writes, “Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.” What is the cost of one flame? Do we ever honor the match consumed by the lighting of our chalice? What about the larger meaning of our “chalice?” What about the sacrifices made in order to do the work of justice? Come hear the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp who, under the direction of the Unitarian Service Committee helped save hundreds of Jews from Nazi Germany, and what their lives might mean for us today.

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To Be In The Dark

Rev. Cassandra Howe – November 6, 2016

Our clocks have been turned back. We are more aware of light’s limited hours. What does it mean to be in the dark? Is it a place where no one wants to be? A place of ignorance and helplessness? What if the dark is not only necessary for living, but is a dear, old friend? What if being in the dark might help us to stay awake, not yet grown sleepy by the illusion of certainty?

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Day of the Dead Service

Beth Collins – October 30, 2016

Long-time member Beth Collins will lead us in our annual celebration of life and death. Bring pictures of loved ones who have passed on, especially those lost in the past year. Chrysanthemums, pumpkins, candy skulls, and other traditional Dia de los Muertos decorations for the altar are also welcome.

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A Simple Change of Heart

Rev. Cassandra Howe – October 23, 2016

Singer, songwriter Carrie Newcomer writes that the greatest revolution is a simple change of heart. In striving to lesson our environmental impact much energy has been spent on green technologies. But what about something more basic: our very love and care for the earth? Join us as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Parks and our visceral and vital connection to this beautiful place called home.

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Looking Beyond November 8th

Rev. Cassandra Howe – October 16, 2016

Plato said “Let us be kind, one to another, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” It is tempting to think there is some fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. It sure feels that way right about now. Our country is at its peak on the polarization index. But deeper wisdom reminds us that really we are all human. We are all part of the same human family. We all have the same fears, needs, desires (at least the basic ones). What might healing look like in terms of our relationships across the political divide? How can we move beyond the “right versus wrong” towards a search for understanding of one another, all of us, in this great complex web of humanity?

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Journey Towards Forgiveness

Rev. Nana’ Kratochvil – September 25, 2016

The death of Nana’s daughter initiated many changes. Among them was a years long struggle to understand forgiveness in the context of Unitarian Universalism. How does one forgive the unforgivable?

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Annual Water Communion: What Will You Bring to the Feast?

Rev. Cassandra Howe and Congregation – September 11, 2016

Neither covenant or community would exist without promises. At the beginning of this church year we ask, what are your promises? What would you like to give to this community this year? Bring these intentions as well as water you have collected for our annual Water Communion. We will also bless our Religious Education teachers and Choir members and the gifts they have chosen to give.  one thread changed? What does it mean now? How does it challenge us as we live in an ever more isolated and individualistic world?

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