Living Sanctuary

The Rev. Cassandra Howe – October 14, 2018

Our historic, wooden and stained glass sanctuary is important for more than just aesthetic reasons. It offers guests of the sanctuary a lived experience of what sanctuary might feel like: Peaceful. Safe. Grounding. The question our physical sanctuary asks us is not just how to preserve the physical sanctuary, but how to create living sanctuary for and with one another! What kind of space do we want to create together as a community seeking to better ourselves, our community and our world? Perhaps in searching for the answer we will find that sanctuary is not just about comfort. It is also about calling and being a living sanctuary in the world.

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A Blessing of the Animals

Cynthia J. Alby – October 7, 2018

In-door Multigenerational Service As the world gets faster and noisier it can be harder and harder to hear the sounds of the animals. And yet their needs are just as real as ours: needs of habitat, of food, of sanctuary, of home. Today we celebrate the tradition of Saint Francis of Assisi and bless our animals. If you have a pet animal you’d like to get blessed, bring them, or if it’s easier, a photo or stuffed animal, and be ready for a Service filled with lots of animal noises!

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The Most Segregated Hour

Dr. Doug Thompson – September 23, 2018

Though largely credited to Martin Luther King Jr., the phrase “the most segregated hour in America is 11 O’clock on Sunday morning” came from sociologist Liston Pope. I’ll look at how the hour became segregated and why it is not as simple to desegregate as we might think. In the process, I will talk about the projects that have brought the two First Baptists together in recent years.

Dr. Doug Thompson is associate professor of history at Mercer University. He and his wife Kerri along with their sons and daughter (whom they adopted in 2012) have lived in Macon since 2001. In June 2017, Doug published Richmond’s Prophets and Priests: Race, Religion, and Social Change in the Civil Rights Era. He is currently working on a project about Martin Luther King Jr. When not teaching, researching, writing, or traveling with his family, he is also an avid runner.

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Our Eighth Principle

The Rev. Cassandra Howe – September 16, 2018

An 8th principle of our 7 UU principles has been written and promoted since 2013. But it has not been formally accepted as part of our UU principles. It reads, “We, the member congregations of the UUA, covenant to affirm and promote journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” One of the tripping points in working for positive change is language and how we frame what we are for, and whether or not we need to be against anything. Come hear why we need to be both against racism AND for multicultural community, and how we can be a part of this vision in the making.

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So Our Light Shines Out

The Rev. Cassandra Howe – September 9, 2018

This evening at sunset marks the beginning of Rosh Hashana, the Head of the Jewish Year. Jews around the world devote much thought, prayer and practice in seeking amends with people they have wronged and hurling away past sins or transgressions. While UU’s might not often use the more traditional religious language of sin or repentance, we can probably agree that we all mess up every once in a while. We all might be carrying some burdens that we’d like to get rid of in order to be our best self. Instead of a traditional Water Communion this year we begin with the Jewish ritual of Tashlich, the casting away of all that burdens us. Practical note: Please bring any water you have gathered over the summer (as is traditionally done for Water Communion) and add it to the vessels in either entryway when you arrive which will be poured into the Fountain of Cleansing Waters during the Service.

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We Must See Clearly Now

The Rev. Cassandra Howe – September 2, 2018

What are the stories we Unitarian Universalists have told about ourselves in regards to race? While we are a historically white denomination we have a rich black history. This history has not often been told. Today we’ll hear a bit of it so that we can have a more accurate vision of who we are and who we can become.

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Immigration Up Close and Personal

Janet Causey – August 26, 2018

Today I will share my experiences and impressions as a Volunteer at El Refugio in Lumpkin, GA. El Refugio (which in Spanish means ”The Refuge”) is a small hospitality house where families of detainees can stay for a night on a weekend when visiting their loved ones who are detained at one of the largest detention centers for men in the United States. I will also be telling you about some of the detainees I have visited, which to me has put a face on the current immigration issues in our country. This ministry is near and dear to my heart in our efforts to heed the call to help the stranger in our midst.

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This Thread We Weave

The Rev. Cassandra Howe, Bretta Perkins, Tom Patrick, and Leon Jackson Jr.- August 19, 2018

Participants in this year’s General Assembly reflect on their experiences and our “work” to come. If you think about a thread or a strip of fabric as a metaphor for our personal gifts, then Unitarian Universalism asserts that we are all weavers weaving new patterns of justice and truth. Come hear how General Assembly affected High Street members and their part in creating that beautiful tapestry of love otherwise known as beloved community.

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We Would Be One

The Rev. Cassandra Howe – August 12, 2018

Belief/disbelief in God is only a fraction of the many ways a person lives their religious identity. Conservative Christians make a big deal about “atheists” so it could be tempting for UU’s to do the same: over-emphasize this category of belief, about whether or not one believes in God. But the deeper question, one that brings us together is: “How does your belief in God/ belief in no God help you to live?” That’s where we come together as humanists and theists alike. Come hear about UU’s theistic perspective and what it shares with humanism.

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