This past Sunday I preached on Original Sin. If you get a chance to read Danielle Shroyer's book on the topic, Original Blessing: Putting Sin in its Rightful Place, I would recommend it. While it comes at the topic from a very Christian perspective, I think UUs can get a lot out of it. This is a topic for another post, though.
I have been wanting to do a form of Communion at my congregation for awhile. I finally got to this past weekend. I was a little apprehensive on how it would be received, but really feel that Communion is way a of connecting with each other. It went wonderfully. As I realize that a lot of folks have baggage regarding taking Communion, I made sure that it was in the weekly email and Facebook page. I didn't want anyone caught off guard. I am really grateful that they approached it with an open mind. I cobbled together a variety of sources and thought that it came across as very ecumenical and UU focused. I made the Communion bread myself (we are a small congregation, so it wasn't a problem) and borrowed those little cups from my sister-in-law's church. I am appreciative that the congregation went with it and I hope that I can perform it again. Does your congregation every do this (and I don't mean the annual Bread Communion)?
Friday, January 20, 2017
I am still in disbelief that this megalomaniac is going to be our President. I am still in disbelief that so many people believed his lies. I am sick with worry for our country as I see one terrible Cabinet choice after another nominated. For all those people who voted for him and finally realize that he doesn't care about you at all, don't come to me. I will have done all that I could to fight for rights that you threw away.
Monday, March 28, 2016
I am sooo excited to see that my sermon "Jesus: What is He Good For" was published in the Easter edition of the Good News Journal that the UU Christian Fellowship puts out!!! Thank you for including it. If I can find a link to it, I will share it. If you are a liberal Christian looking for a religious connection, I encourage you to check out the UUCF site.
Friday, February 27, 2015
I just received by UU World today. Not surprisingly it is about racial justice. It got me to thinking about where do most UU's live. To me, one strong way of bringing about racial justice is to live together. Not necessarily in the same house, but in the same neighborhoods. I live in the suburb next to Ferguson. Many of my friends live in Ferguson and I am in that community all the time. My own community is reaching the white as minority threshold. In fact, many long time St. Louisans who have left my area (white flight) wonder why we still live here. Why? Because I want my kids to grow up in a diverse area. I want them to see all facets of the human race, both in terms of ethnicity and socio-economic status. I like where we live. I like the diversity. I have no desire to join my fellow "flighters" and live in all white/upper-middle class conclaves. This is why we have racial injustice. My children will grow up knowing that not all stereotypes are true, because they have experienced it themselves. They will not grow up conditioned to be afraid of African-American men because those men were once boys they went to school with and to birthday parties and to Boy Scouts, etc. Living together shows us all that we are each unique and not to subscribe to racial prejudices that may be consciously or unconsciously passed down through society. We are all just humans. I would encourage fellow UUs to look around their neighborhoods. Helping is one thing, but living together is another.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
I am usually pretty excited for the New Year, for all the standard reasons: new start, clean slate, possibilities, etc. This year I am just "meh". So what? - the calendar has continued its natural course and moved forward. Nothing really changes. Life continues on. I used to make resolutions for big plans in the next year, but why bother? I usually fail, and if I do succeed, not much really improves. 2014 was not a bad year for us. Thankfully, we were mostly healthy and happy. We visited family and took a couple of fun trips. There was time for us and hobbies. Husband has a good job and the kids are doing really well in school and in life. There is nothing to complain about. On one level, life is cruising along. On another level, I want more and feel guilty about it. I want a fulfilling job outside of the house, but after sending tons of resumes out, haven't even gotten an interview. I want to move. I am so tired of St. Louis. I have lived here for twenty years and from the day I moved here, I have been trying to leave. Unfortunately, Husband can't find a job (and doesn't really want to) outside of Missouri. I would love another child through adoption. The family doesn't. I would like to lose weight, but the medication I need, makes it incredibly difficult. So why make resolutions? Despite my best efforts, the things I want will not happen. The things I want are superfluous. I have everything and more then I really need. Making resolutions for more seems like a fool's errand.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Today was a beautiful day for St. Louis' People's Climate March. While I couldn't make it to the big one in New York, it still felt great to be part of the movement in some way. I was there as a representative of Missouri Interfaith Power & Light (and UU :-). While there were a few people of faith there, I was saddened that not more had turned out. We did quite a bit of outreach to the religious communities (Unitarian Universalists included), but very few came. I am not sure why. What does it take to motivate religious people? The weather was perfect, the march in a convenient location, and it is a social justice issue. Yet, there seems to still be disconnect and distinct lack of activism. I was heartened, though, by the faith representation in New York. Perhaps that will spread out to the rest of the country!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I can't tell you how frustrating it is to here people pontificating on the circumstances of Ferguson when they don't even live in the area. Ferguson, and the St. Louis metro area as a whole, is complicated. I have lived here twenty years and I am sure I don't have a full grasp of all the nuances, especially in terms of race and class. It is irritating to listen to pundits dissect our city like they *know* what is going on/is wrong. They don't know. There is SO MUCH misinformation swarming around the interent that is impossible to know the true story. As I have said before, Ferguson is a great community full of well-meaning folks. I am there all the time. A tragedy has occured and people want answers. We aren't going to get the answers with every one distorting the truth - especially from those who aren't from the area. I can only pray that the agitators back down so that the true work of justice can begin.