Saturday, December 18, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, October 17 at 11:00 a.m. – ISLAM: BEYOND THE HYSTERIA – Between the recent threat to burn the Qur'an by an obscure and delusional pastor in Florida and the public furor over the building of a Muslim community centre near "Ground Zero" in New York City, much public discourse about Islam has tipped decidedly in the direction of bigotry and irrationality. While I find the teachings of Islam to be no more compelling than those of other orthodoxies in religion, the anger and antipathy of too many people is grounded in ignorance and fear. Our aspiration for global community and world peace demands that we seek to understand Islam, whether or not we are convinced by its teachings. Rev. Stefan Jonasson will preach.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Sunday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. – THE CASE FOR RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY – Theodore Parker called upon the church to be "a means of reforming the world." While he challenged nearly every religious assumption and convention of his day, Parker held that religious communities could be invaluable institutions in nurturing the spiritual life of individuals and promoting the welfare of society by examining each in light of conscience, reason and universal ends. Rev. Stefan Jonasson will preach.
Monday, June 28, 2010
July 4: Looking Earth in the Eye – “A lake is … earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. In ancient times, many people believed they could look into others’ souls by gazing deeply into their eyes, while today some people believe they can measure another’s health in the same way. If we gazed into the world’s lakes and oceans, what would they tell us about Earth’s health? And what might change if we gazed upon the earth as its lovers? Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson
July 18: Deep-Sea Unitarians – An active Unitarian lay leader and incurable lover of ocean cruises (not to mention a few lakes and canals), Don McKinnon will reflect on what he has learned while on the high seas and while safely anchored at port. What inner yearnings lead a person to sea? Or to church? Don McKinnon
August 1: Living on the Volcano – Although the Icelandic volcano has been off the front pages for a while now, it lives as an archetype and ever-present reality in the consciousness of Icelanders. The unpredictability of the natural world, which is our home, has long caused Icelanders to ask "on what can we depend?” Rev. Wayne Arnason & Rev. Kathleen Rolenz
August 15: Half Measures – We’ve been taught to think of half measures negatively, as though they are always of a “cup half empty” variety. But what if our half measures were a reflection of abundance and generosity? In their book The Power of Half, Kevin and Hannah Salwen invite us to consider our power to change the world if we invest half of something we treasure—anything!—for the benefit of others. Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson
August 29: The Restless Imagination – “The imagination is always restless and suggests a variety of thoughts,” wrote John Locke. Advocating the quest for knowledge, mass education, and loving truth for its own sake, Locke saw how we make incoming knowledge our own by reflecting on what we learn with restless imaginations. Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson
September 5: Living Along the Back Roads – The poet of the autumn spirit, Robert Frost, spoke for all who travel the back roads of life when he wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by.” In travel and in life, leaving the superhighway to stroll along the side streets and back roads can indeed make all the difference. Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson
Friday, June 4, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Sunday, March 21 at 11:00 a.m. - METRE-MAKING ARGUMENTS – In his essay, “The Poet,” Ralph Waldo Emerson declared that “it is not metres, but a metre-making argument, that makes a poem,—a thought so passionate and alive, that, like the spirit of a plant or an animal, it has an architecture of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing.” On World Poetry Day, we will reflect upon the nature and value of the poetic spirit, from the ancient psalmist to the modern lyricist. Rev. Stefan Jonasson will preach.