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July & AUGUST SERVICE TOPICS

 

July 1:  Rev. Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings’ sermon, Resilience, delivered by Jerry Harness. There is a lot going on now environmentally, politically, and socially that demands our attention. But it also saps our energy and adds to our stress and anxiety. Rev. McDaniel-Hutchings suggests a plan to cope with “disaster fatigue” when prolonged exposure to news coverage or political change causes us to lose motivation.

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

 

July 8: Rev. Peter Friedrichs’ sermon Do What You Can, delivered by Donna Catling. The sermon focuses on the late Rev. Forrest Church’s message to focus “our minds on what is possible, no more, no less, thereby filling each moment with conscious, practicable endeavor.”

 

July 15: Rev. Kenton Stone.  The End of Suffering.  Is compassion compatible with activism to end sexual abuse, domestic violence, and the wars that lead to combat trauma? My PTSD support group has supported members in their activism of pressing charges and witnessing in court to bring their abusers to trial and conviction, with compassion all the while.  They teach us that compassion is courageous, not soft.  It’s essential to coming to the end of suffering.

Offering in Action for the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Potluck Lunch & UUCH Book Table after the service.

 

 

July 22:  Rev. Dr. Paul Britner.  Why Be Normal?  UUs pride themselves on their radical individuality. Yet, as humans, we want to belong and connect with others. This sermon explores how we navigate the tension between being ourselves and being with others.

 

July 29:  Ginny Cook. A Letter From God.  Presented in the first person, this sermon explains what God has meant to different people through the ages. For example, God has taken many forms, e.g., a goddess to some Greeks, a god of war to many ancient Hebrews, and a human being to many others. The common consensus is that God is undefinable, yet most always seen as the source of life.

 

August 5: Jane Peatling and Marlin Barnes. Mostly Music. Filled with music and meditation, this service will be an experience in listening with heart and soul as well as ears.

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

 

August 12: Rev. Kenton Stone. After Atheism. Too often atheism is seen as a destination, not a point of departure for developing a humanist spirituality. In my experience of UUism and 12 Step programs, atheism has been a wonderful starting point for me to develop an adult, mature notion of a Higher Power that is actually my own.

 

August 19:  Rev. Dr. Paul Britner.  Stealing Hope.  At its most basic level, hope is the belief that things can be better. Yet, we put many obstacles in the way of our own hope, including inappropriate roles, rigid rules, and unrealistic expectations.

Offering in Action for the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Potluck Lunch & UUCH Book Table after the service.

 

August 26:  Rev. Ron Crawford. You Are Like Salt, You Are Like Light!  Ron takes a short flight from the King James version of the Bible to present-day UU operations.

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