Christmas is an entire holiday season devoted to the expectation of a child’s arrival. In our own lives, though, the long-expected child doesn’t always arrive. Or at least not on our terms. How do we deal with the parts of our lives we cannot control?
Second in the series of Resting in the Dark, Awakened in the Light: Evening Vespers Services in the Holiday Season. These midweek Taize-style services use singing, meditation, silence, reflection, and spiritual practice to help us re-center and find respite from the busy holiday season. Each service touches on a theme from a global religious tradition. Childcare available.
Albert Schweitzer said, "The highest knowledge is to know that we are surrounded by mystery." But how do we build a spiritual life around a Reality that remains shrouded in mystery?
First in the series of Resting in the Dark, Awakened in the Light: Evening Vespers Services in the Holiday Season. These midweek Taize-style services use singing, meditation, silence, reflection, and spiritual practice to help us re-center and find respite from the busy holiday season. Each service touches on a theme from a global religious tradition. Childcare available.
Spending the holidays with loved ones can surround us with love and comfort, but can also remind us of loved ones lost and wounded relationships. How can we move forward when we find ourselves returning, yet again, to the pain of broken or lost relationship? What would it mean for us as individuals, communities, and society if we found a way to heal the wounds we carry with us? This morning we will join together in thanksgiving for the love that makes healing possible.
The election is over, but the work continues. It’s not the responsibility only of those in corridors of power to build a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world; it’s up to communities of the committed and the faithful. Communities like ours.
Many of us have read about or know someone who’s lived through a “near-death experience”—surviving an auto accident, a heart attack, or even a hurricane. Such an experience can forever change people’s understanding and appreciation for life. All Souls Day can do that, too. Join us as we reflect on the significance of our lives in the context of our mortality, and remember those who’ve died in the last year.
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,” 19th century Theodore Parker is famously paraphrased. How do we know that the arc really bends towards justice? How do we know that we’re bending it in the right direction? How can we sustain our spirits as we roll up our sleeves to mess around in the muck of change-making? As the election approaches, in the midst of war, environmental and economic crisis, we’ll wrestle with the contradictory nature of “fighting” for justice filled with love and joy.
On this Generosity Sunday, we count our blessings as we kick off the 2013 Annual Giving Campaign.
In just under a month, Americans go to the polls to choose the next leader of our nation. It is a choice of great consequence. But so are many of the choices we make. This morning we explore the spiritual and ethical power of choice.
A lady at the grocery store tells me: “Have a bless’t day!” Jesus said “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” What does it mean to be blessed? How do we both give and receive blessings?
No one is ever happy when something they cherish breaks, tears, or is destroyed—it could be a watch, a relationship, or a dream. Do broken things serve a purpose in our lives? Definitely!
We’ve all been lost at one time or another in our lives. Sometimes getting lost is the surest way to find ourselves again.
Some folks talk about being “born again.” My experience of human hearts and souls is not that they’re born anew, but that they’re broken and mended . . . over and over again. Let’s explore the remarkable healing powers of the soul.
We live in a disposable culture. Everything from laptops to cell phones to our children’s diapers is made to be tossed. But much in our world is too precious to dispose of . . . and it is the church’s job to repair it.
We return to our two-service schedule, and we celebrate the success of the past year's capital campaign while looking forward to next steps as we prepare for our third century.
Sometimes, life’s challenges feel so overwhelming that we may want to say “no” to the world; to close ourselves off, or shut our surroundings out. When our energy feels completely drained, where do we find the strength to answer our life’s deepest call?
All creatures, large and small, are welcomed into the Sanctuary for a special blessing from Rob and Susan.
This year, rather than answering questions of faith, Rob and Susan will hold a conversation about race and All Souls' work towards building the Beloved Community.
Often we are put in situations where we wish to say more, say what’s right, say what everyone else is thinking. Goodbyes are times we may think of it more than others. For my final service let us consider how to say it all, in all the ways that we can and do in our farewells.
Interdependence is the only game in the Universe, and it is a team sport! How do we experience our connectedness with All that Is?
The Young Souls join Lex Cade-White in an exploration of uncertainty.
Just how comfortable are we in our own skin?
All souls transform. What might the community that consists of people who break gender boundries have to teach us about that?