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Tuesday Blog: Rev. Eric Meter - Wants and Needs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 14:15

There are times when not being raised learning the Bible brings me up short.

treasureYes, there was a class in Bible studies in the Unitarian Fellowship my family attended when I was young, and I was given a red letter King James leather bound Bible for a confirmation present (this was long before Coming of Age classes were the norm). Which was a sweet, but odd gift. Beyond that one class, we never talked about the Bible.

So, when one of the religious education classes in a previous congregation I served took a look at Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” I mistakenly thought they had the quote wrong. But the teacher was correct. And maybe because I was wrong, that passage has stayed with me ever since. It helps keep me both humble and honest.

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Tuesday Blog: Rev. Eric Meter - Coming 'Round to Yes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 12:17

resistanceflag2When I think of resistance, two images come immediately to mind.

The first is the catacombs of Paris, which those resisting the Vichy regime used to stage their operations, moving throughout the underground passageways out of sight. The notable feature of the catacombs is that many passageways and rooms are filled with the interred bones of countless Parisians.

When the graveyards across the city filled up, the remains that hadn’t been visited as often as most others were systematically “relocated” to the catacombs, leaving space the the remains of others. To this day, as I understand it at least, families can hire professional grave visitors in order to keep their deceased loved ones 6 feet under as opposed to much deeper. In any case, during the last world war, the French partisans did not have to look far for reminders of who they struggled for or for reminders of their own mortality.

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Tuesday Blog: Rev. Lane Campbell - Welcome to the Resistance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Lane Campbell   
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:52

MLKimageThe opening reading for our recent justice-based, youth-led service reads:

In his 1963 book, Strength to Love, Dr. King wrote, “The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific, and religious freedom have always been nonconformists. In any cause that concerns the progress of mankind, put your faith in the nonconformist!” We Unitarian Universalists strive to be not only counter-cultural but radically transformative of culture as well. Welcome to the resistance: here we insist that all are welcome, all are inherently worthy and equally filled with human dignity. Here we buck conformity and call each to live as a human being not as a market niche, not as a label, not as an illness, not as a stereotype. Welcome to the resistance. Stand up and be counted among those who are human in community. Together we can change the world. -- Rev. Douglas Taylor

Welcome to the resistance, dear friends, welcome.  As we consider resistance this month, I am grateful for the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all of the people standing behind him who fought for freedom in the 1960’s up to the present day.  As I know this month is not just about celebrating one individual, it seems important to lift up the stories of many freedom fighters who stood alongside Martin Luther King Jr.

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Tuesday Blog: Rev. Jennifer Brooks - Hands Across the Sea PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 15:14

jb blog airplaneI’m on an airplane at 30,000 feet, musing over why I’m winging my way to Africa.

There is resonance in my passage from Columbus, Ohio to Monrovia, Liberia—from the Land of the Free to the country founded by liberated American slaves. Monrovia, named for US President James Monroe; Liberia: named for Liberty. More resonance—I’ll be away over the Martin Luther King weekend, trading participation in First UU’s Weekend of Service for participation in the United Nations Mission in Liberia.

More resonance: This month’s worship theme is “Resistance.” It doesn’t escape me how inextricably my voyage is linked to resistance. There’s my initial resistance to doing this at all; it’s 30 hours of travel (each way) and six time zones. Then there’s the non-violent resistance of the Liberian Women’s Peace Movement that empowered a nation to end a bloody civil war.

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Tuesday Blog: Rev. Lane Campbell - Growing As We Go PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Lane Campbell   
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 12:56

 

What Winter is Telling Us

winter birdIn this season where the natural world begins to slow down and prepare for rest, where leaves have gone from the trees and the earth is frozen for a time—anticipating Spring—I'm reminded of the anticipation we live with. The winter months are often a time of looking forward, of getting through the difficult weather, of huddling inside until it is warm again.

I wonder, this month, what it would look like to slow down a bit, to follow the example of the Earth. Rather than looking ahead to the Spring, to the time when this weather is over, when we can go back outside and not have to worry about the bitter cold, I wonder what it is like to stay in the present and appreciate what winter has to teach us.

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