Come visit a martial arts club in Barack Obama’s old South Side neighborhood, which is my old neighborhood, too. How can the diverse peoples of our country start to bridge the gaps between us? (Hint: take a look at your fingers and what you find between them.) Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Please join us for our 2nd Black Lives of UU Teach-In Service, organized in response to a call last April from the BLUU organizing collective. Many Wy’easters have worked together to understand the materials recommended by them and to create a service that answers their mandate to lift up black voices. Together, we’ll listen to those voices as we contemplate what it might mean to show up for black lives, both within our congregation and in the wider world.
India’s Mahabharata is the longest epic poem in the world, more than ten times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined. Eklavya may be only a “minor” character in this long account of a great civil war, but those who hear his story can never forget it or the message that it teaches. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
From Morgan Evans, the Volunteer Program Coordinator at the Sexual Assault Resource Center: “For the past five years, it has been my honor to be a part of survivors’ journeys through healing. I am continually moved by the stories I hear, the resiliency I see, and the spirit of those who come together in an effort to eradicate sexual violence and social injustice in our community. I look forward to meeting all of you and sharing my experiences learning from these incredible individuals.”
The second source of the living Unitarian Universalist tradition that we share is: “Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” Prophets of every time and place share this task, but the means they use to get our attention must be updated constantly. From Muhammad to Martin Luther King to a Buddhist nun named Jun, let’s explore some of their strategies today. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro
“Improvisation and Unitarian Universalism have more than a little bit in common. Both require an open mind and the willingness to explore past a predetermined path, for example. What wondrous possibilities might there be when faith and improvisation intersect?”
Idolatry is the only classic “sin” that’s mentioned by name in our statement of UU Principles, Purposes and Sources. That should get our attention, but what exactly does it mean? Can any form of worship that uses images instead of sticking to words alone be called idolatry? Can written texts—scriptures—be used in idolatrous ways? Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
At this winter time of the New Year, there is nothing so warm and cozy as a service where we sing hymns together, particularly those that bring us joy and hope for the days ahead. We will have some hymns picked out ourselves for sure, but you might also come with some favorites and requests. This is led by our member pianist, Debra Tomsen.
This service has been canceled due to icy weather.
Some years back, a nationally syndicated columnist recoiled in disgust at a computer-generated reconstruction of what Jesus’ face might have looked like. Her comments reveal an ugly mindset about the “Other” that we’ll interrogate this morning. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.