Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Sundays at Gimli Unitarian Church

Sunday, July 5 - UNBELIEVABLE! – When Alice, of Alice in Wonderland fame, proffered that “one can’t believe impossible things,” the Queen responded, “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” While reading Norman Mailer’s mistitled last book, On God, I was reminded that even the most brilliant minds are capable of believing many impossible things. Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson

Sunday, July 19 - MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT—STILL RELEVANT TODAY? – Mary Wollstonecraft, arguably the first feminist, wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792. Her ideas were, for that time, impetuous yet determined, coming from her choice to live a lifestyle frowned upon—a single woman attempting to survive by writing and teaching. Do her words ring true today? Or have we met all the challenges she outlined? Sylvia Sigurdson

Sunday, August 2 - COMING TO HOLM – During our 2005 visit to Iceland, one of the best memories we brought back was from a Holm visit—a Bill Holm visit that is. Holm's sense of place was rooted in his love of landscape and country. His poetry and essays were deeply connected to the mystery and wonder of those things he saw outside his window—wherever in the world he happened to be. Rev. Wayne Arnason & Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

Sunday, August 16 - FROM GENEVA TO TEHRAN – Following the recent electoral charade in Iran, I watched events unfold in that country with a mixture of hopefulness and horror, resignation and revulsion. No good can come of it when a country’s government is subject to a religious hierarchy rather than its citizens. I will reflect on the folly of theocracy and the inestimable value of secular, democratic society. Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson

Sunday, August 30 - SETTING SAIL – Oliver Wendell Holmes observed that “we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it—but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” Most people seem content to drift through life, or anchor themselves to yesterday’s opinions. Are we not called to sail with the winds of fortune? Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson

Sunday, September 6 - SEVERAL MORE LIVES TO LIVE – Henry David Thoreau left his one-room cabin by Walden Pond on this day in 1847, declaring he still had “several more lives to live.” In earlier times, some believed that cats had nine lives, while a modern soap opera suggests we have but one life to live. How many lives have you lived? Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson