Service on August 21, 2022

On Dignity: Unitarian Universalism’s First Principle

August 21, 2022

Lyndon Harris

The first principle of Unitarian Universalism is “The inherent worth and dignity in
every person.” But what does that mean? One way to find clarity regarding the word and
experience of dignity is to consider its opposite: humiliation. Humiliation is a visceral
reality that is much more recognizable in human experience. Movies and popular media are much more adept at conveying humiliation than dignity. But claiming and working for human dignity, in accordance with our first principle, is essential for manifesting peace in the world. The first sentence of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Join us Sunday August 21st for a conversation about the importance of dignity for world peace. We will borrow ideas from Dr. Evelin Lindner, the founding president of the Nobel Prize nominated Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies research institute (www.humiliationstudies.org).

Service on August 7, 2022

Where Have all the Flowers Gone?

The case for Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Sunday August 7, 2022

Lyndon Harris

 

Russia increases its attacks on Ukraine. Finland and Sweden apply to NATO for

protection from invasion. China threatens military action if a US diplomat even

visits Taiwan… has the world gone mad? The logic behind nuclear proliferation

mirrors that of amassing assault weapons for self-defense… patently absurd. But

how do we fight such insanity? This Sunday, Lyndon takes up the subject with a

resident expert, our own Ellen Thomas, who participated in a Washington, DC vigil

for nearly two decades.

Service on June 19, 2022

How Best May We Serve? Discerning Our Role in Community Service

Sunday, June 19, 2022 10:30AM – Lyndon Harris

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St, Landrum, SC

On June 19th, in concert with our annual meeting, we will continue our exploratory journey about our hopes and dreams as a fellowship for serving our community and the wider world. We will use UU principles 2 (Justice, equity and compassion in human relations), and 7 (Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part) as our guides. In our joys and sorrows, we find out who we are, and from these experiences, we find our joy in serving. And maybe we’ll have some tomato sandwiches!

Service on June 5, 2022

Who Are We?  Discerning Our Identity as a Fellowship

Sunday, June 5, 2022 10:30AM – Lyndon Harris

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St, Landrum, SC

During the month of June, I propose that we take part in a two-fold process of discernment, a kind of “spiritual inventory” drawing upon the Third Principle of Unitarian Universalism: “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.” I’ll lead us in a guided process that will inspire us to get to know one another better. We’ll explore questions like “What is my story?” “How did I get here?” “What obstacles have I overcome?” and “What brings me the greatest joy?” It will be fun! With a little bit of humor and an extra helping of community wisdom, we will delve into the 3rd Principle.

Service on May 15, 2022

A Celebration of Earth Day with special guest performer Spook Handy

May 15, 2022  10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St, Landrum, SC

Spook Handy performed alongside Pete Seeger at festivals and concerts more than 50 times from 2003 – 2013, learning firsthand many of Pete’s songs and the stories behind them. Even more, he learned who Pete Seeger was and what he stood for. Spook is now traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada with his “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour, keeping alive Pete’s tradition by sharing a few songs by Woody Guthrie (Pete’s most notable mentor), plenty of songs by Pete Seeger and a healthy handful of new songs Spook wrote under Pete’s tutelage.

Spook’s sixth studio album, “Pete, Woody & Me, Volume II” reached the No. 3 position on the International Folk Radio Charts in May, 2019. In 2016 his original song, “Vote!” reached the No. 2 spot.

Spook was named Best Folk Artist by Upstage Magazine, Gannett New Jersey, The Courier News, The Home News and About.com. His song “Whatcha Gonna Do?” was used in the BBC documentary film “Doomsday Code.”

All are welcome!!

Service on May 1, 2022

The Power of Hope with special guest speaker Michael Carter

May 1, 2022 10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St, Landrum, SC

Friend and once minister to our fellowship Michael Carter returns with an inspirational message for our time. In the chaos of disease, political division and war we need to remember

that it doesn’t always have to be this way. Michael reminds us that we have power to influence our future. Join the conversation on May 1 and share your hopes for a better world.

In years past, the Reverend Michael J.S. Carter served as minister to the Thermal Belt UU Fellowship, our congregation’s former name. Today he serves the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley in Black Mountain, NC. Before moving to Asheville in 2007, he was an actor in New York City, and while there earned his BA Degree in Letters from the College of New Rochelle, graduating cum laude. He received his Masters In Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York, class of 2000. Today, Michael is an expert on UFOs, and has written several books on the subject.

In Person Service April 17, 2022

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Easter: Expressions of Easter within Unitarian Universalism

Sunday, April 17, 2022 — Lyndon Harris

10:30AM at Whimsical World Gallery, Landrum, SC

Do Unitarian Universalists celebrate Easter? Can you think of a religious holiday that Unitarians don’t celebrate? Of course, we do. But what to the Unitarian is the celebration of Easter? For a community of spiritual people who are more inclined toward a horizontal, humanistic expression of spirituality (instead of a transcendent theistic expression,) what meaning does Easter hold? Join us as we explore these issues together.

In Person Service April 3, 2022

The Spiritual Legacy of John Coltrane

Sunday, April 3, 2022 – Lyndon Harris

10:30AM Whimsical World Gallery, Landrum, SC

Down on his luck after being fired by Miles Davis, jazz artist John Coltrane found deep within himself the courage to make a comeback, using his composition, and improvisational skills, he crafted a four- part jazz suite, A Love Supreme, that continues to captivate listeners today, over 50 years later. Dr. Stephon Alexander, jazz musician and professor of physics at Brown University suggests in his book, The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe, that Coltrane’s musical brilliance illustrates a creative thinker akin to Einstein.

In-Person Service March 20, 2022

Courageous Aging and a Life Well Lived: Embracing the Gifts and Challenges of Later Life

with Lyndon Harris

Sunday, March 20, 2022  10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St., Landrum, SC

According to The New England Journal of Medicine, the most productive stage of human life is between the years 60-70. The second most productive period is from 70 – 80! Incredible. So how do we prepare ourselves to thrive in these times, if we are blessed to live that long? What resources have been developed and discerned over the years (centuries) to inform how we might live our “best life?”  Join us for some thoughts and lively conversation on what it means to age courageously!

In-Person Service March 6, 2022

Dorothy, Toto and the Heart’s Desire with Ernie Mills

Sunday, March 6, 2022  10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St., Landrum, SC

In Frank Baum’s children’s fantasy novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a young girl, Dorothy, and her dog Toto embark on a journey without distance to the Emerald City. Along the way they meet three characters who represent powers Dorothy will need to confront the greatest challenge of her journey, the Wicked Witch (the “dark side”.) When Dorothy is told that she has had the power all along to find her heart’s desire she returns home and discovers that it has been there all along, in her “backyard.” We will explore this novel through the lens of Jungian psychology and find out what it reveals about our own personal journeys.