April 13, 2014: “Failing Forward” - Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris
As people who believe in the possibility of human progress, how do we greet the inevitable set-backs we encounter personally and in our collective work for the world. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris as she reflects on the nature of progress and how we keep moving forward in faith towards our goals. We will reflect on what we can learn from caves, from other nations, and from our own lives.
March 23, 2014: "Mattering" - Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris
How does what we do here transform our lives and touch our communities? Listen to the stories of members of this congregation, Bob Hanson, Ruth Hirano, Sally Edgerton, Rodney Lemery and Errol Reyes, who share their own experiences of support and change. Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris coordinated this service.
April 6 2014: “This Being Human is a Guest House” - Intern Melissa Thomson
The poet Rumi names the transitory nature of being human, meeting with hurt and pain and finding a path to wholeness and peace in his poem, “The Guest House.” How do we take the difficulties in our lives and find meaning? MDUUC Intern Melissa Thomson will speak about how this poem inspires her.
March 16, 2014: “Salvation for UUs” – Intern Minister Melissa Thomson
Hosea Ballou, Clarence Skinner, and Rebecca Parker are some of the wise UUs who have preached and written about the concept of redemptive suffering. If we do not believe in the Christian doctrine of atonement, how can we be “saved?” In her sermon this Sunday, Melissa Thomson will speak about a UU salvific theology of belonging in community.
March 30, 2014: “Not Like Those Peopleʺ - Rev David Takahashi Morris
Sometimes it's hard to respect the inherent worth and dignity of people who believe or behave in ways we think are wrong, distasteful, or dangerous. David Takahashi Morris explores how the need to create "others" can challenge our commitment to our First Principle. This will be David’s last sermon before his sabbatical!
March: 9, 2014: “More Than Memory”
Please join us in welcoming a special guest, the Rev. Dr. Lee Barker, president of Meadville-Lombard Theological School who will speak to us about the legacy we leave through our life together. As president of MLTS, Rev. Barker is on the front edge of thinking about the future of our faith and what we need to do to claim it.