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MARCH & APRIL SERVICE TOPICS

 

March 4:  Judith McLean. Patriarchy Through the Ages and Its Influence on Women. The majority of written history shows that most cultures espoused a patriarchal mode of organizing societies and their religions. Looking at the known origins of the Judeo-Christian and Muslim faiths and cultures, one sees a pronounced patriarchal leaning. Originally patriarchy developed either due to the masculine role in a society or due to the culture’s conception of God and his maleness. How did this impact the women in these cultures and religions and their roles in society?

A Family Service where the children join the adults in the sanctuary for the first part of the service

 

March 11: Rev. Kenton Stone. Flaming Chalices of the Heart.  Three stories from members of the online PTSD support group  Rev. Stone leads, which are examples of light and hope for everybody, not just support group members, but for everyone who lights a chalice flame, too.

 

March 18: Rev. Dr. Paul Britner. Poggio Finds a Book, Saves the World.  Inspired by the book The Swerve, which tells the story of how one intrepid scholar of the ancient world found a long-lost text that arguably gave rise to the Renaissance. That’s an overstatement, but it does help explain how faith came to be informed by reason, which makes it critical to the Unitarian Universalist tradition.

Offering in Action for UU College of Social Justice.

          Potluck lunch and UUCH Book Table after the service

 

March 25:  Rev. Ron Crawford.  Our Father? Oh Brother!    Ron introduces us to some of the work and ideas of 20th century theologian Neil Douglas-Klotz from his 2006 book, Blessings of the Cosmos.

 

April 1: Rev. Kenton Stone. Beyond Bitterness.  In difficult times, we tend to stick to what we know, the negative. But in meditation classes, I learned that there are ways to use my PTSD symptoms, incredibly enough, in what Buddhists call tonglen, a training in altruism that can transform bitterness into compassion.

A Family Service where the children join the adults in the sanctuary for the first part of the service.

 

April 8:  Marcus Jaiclin. Finding Humanity Among the Robots. How robots and robotic decision-making are used in today’s society and how we can preserve our essential humanity in the future.

 

April 15:  Rev. Bruce Cleary’s sermon, Fuzzy Questions, Fuzzy Answers addresses the common assertion that “Unitarians have no beliefs.”  (Rescheduled from February.)

Offering in Action for UU College of Social Justice.

          Potluck lunch and UUCH Book Table after the service

 

April 22:  Rev. Dr. Paul Britner. When Prayers Aren’t Wanted.  Comforting persons from traditional faith groups comes with a manual of sorts—just read a favorite passage from the Bible, the Gita, the Tao, or other appropriate text. For others, it’s not so easy. This message offers guidance on caring for people all across the spectrum of faith and belief.

 

April 29:  Rev. Ron Crawford.  Mysticism and Meaning. Someone once said “Problems have solutions; mysteries don’t.” While most UUs take pride in their rationalism, there is also a strong strain of the irrational in our heritage as well. Spirituality, transcendence and mysticism come to mind.

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