Notes from Nerdvana

Kim Lynn – September 17, 2017

A UU’s look at a SciFi/Fantasy Convention. Kim will have recently returned from the North American Discworld Convention. She will share stories from her experience and how our principles can be applied and interpreted in such a setting.

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Blessed Are the Killjoys

Dr. Karen Bray – September 10, 2017

Our Service will explore the prophetic work of not going along with the emotional flow. It will a ask what it might mean to not be in the mood to be happy in the face of suffering. We will explore together how “negative emotions” might have work to do in transforming the world.

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Don’t Go to Bed Angry

The Rev. Dr. Scott Dillard – September 3, 2017

We have all heard this adage as a bit of wisdom to ensure that our relationships remain loving and stable. However, this bit of wisdom can actually be found in the Bible. This bit of scripture is Ephesians 4:26. This Sermon will look at this declaration and will apply it to our relationships.

 

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Present Moment Joy

The Rev. Cassandra Howe – August 27, 2017

If there is one thing I’ve heard over and over again from people who have had more than one kid it is this: every child is different. It is tempting for me to think that I know what my second maternity leave will be like, but wise words from others remind me otherwise. Join us as we explore surrendering of expectations, being present to the moment, and joy on my last Sunday before maternity leave.

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Your Life Matters: Advocating for Incarcerated Persons

Dr. Christina Charette – August 6, 2017

Drawing on personal experiences from her work in correctional facilities, as well as resources such as Just Mercy, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in American Prison, and 13, Dr. Charrette will discuss the state of and emerging trends in criminal justice, including racial inequality, in Georgia and the nation. She will encourage confronting the tension between the UU First Principle and the need for accountability and consequences when horrible crimes are committed. She will offer ways the congregation can show mercy and act as “stone catchers” and advocate for the inherent worth and dignity of incarcerated persons. Dr. Christina Charrette has been attending High Street with her family since 2015. She earned a Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed as a psychologist in Georgia. She has worked with individuals involved in the legal system for the past 17 years, and specializes in working with youth involved in the justice system.

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The First U

Earl Daniels – July 30, 2017

 

What do we mean by “Unitarian?” In a gentle theological exploration, we will examine the history of the idea, how Unitarianism informs our faith today, and what the future may hold.

Earl Daniels is a member of High Street who is studying to become a UU Minister.

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I Am Part of the Rainforest

The Rev. Cassandra Howe – July 23, 2017

For the most part our seven principles are adapted language from the original principles that were drafted in 1961. Except for our seventh principle. UU women are responsible for this addition, which speaks to our sense of oneness with the earth as well as supporting a collective identity—both sorely lacking in the first six. Join us as we celebrate the web of life and the mysteries of the universe that can teach us how to better live today.

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Why Not?

The Rev. Cassandra Howe – July 16, 2017

 

Our sixth principle stands out in one important way: it’s aspiration. Instead of simply, “We affirm and promote world community with peace, liberty and justice for all,” it reads, “We affirm and promote the goal of world community…” Perhaps this sixth principle should be our first—for nothing is possible without first being a dream.

We are a far ways away from actualizing this sixth principle. If we are paying attention we might be tempted to despair. Today we look at the gift of vision in our commitment to building a more free, more just and more peaceful world

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Thoreau’s Conscience

The Rev. Cassandra Howe – July 9, 2017

 

July 12th marks the two hundredth anniversary of Thoreau’s birth. Born into the Unitarian church, a transcendentalist, lover of nature, and ardent abolitionist, Thoreau greatly influenced our UU principles, not the least being our fifth: the right of conscience and democratic processes in our congregations and society at large.

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