Virtual Service December 20, 2020

Let’s Celebrate!  with Lyndon Harris

The holiday season is often eclipsed by the desire and drive to find just the perfect gift, at the perfect price, for our imperfect but loveable family and friends. This year the holidays appear against the backdrop of extreme political polarization and an ever-present worry of the dangers of a pandemic. What are the kernels of truth, the sparks of inspiration we might draw from these timeless holiday traditions for our present time? What are the gifts we might give to others – and to ourselves – that will help us navigate our journey ahead? Join us as we celebrate this time of light and illumination even as it flickers courageously against the dark.

Join us at 10:30AM!

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Meeting #993-185-04524

Virtual Service December 6, 2020

…and a Spirituality of Longing,  with Lyndon Harris

When we gather on December 6th, it will be for many in the faith world the second Sunday of Advent. But for Unitarian Universalists, Advent is not a time of preparation for either the birth, or the second coming, of Jesus. It is a season of yearning, a yearning for the birth of a new humanity. We long for the emergence of a new world order spoken of by the Hebrew prophets, but also intuited by our humanistic spirituality: a spirituality that honors the dignity of every human being, seeks a path of justice for all, and embodies a sacred path open to all quests for the truth. Join us on December 6th to experience Advent from a Unitarian Universalist perspective.

Join us at 10:30AM!

https://zoom.us/j/99380600066

or by phone at +1 646-876-9923

Meeting #993-806-00066

Virtual Service November 15, 2020

Gather the Spirit

with special guests and musicians Helen Wolfson and Eric Thomas

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The word “spirit” is often bandied about in UU congregations, but it seems to mean different things to different people. In this musical service, Eno River UU Fellowship members Helen Wolfson and Eric Thomas visit the concept of spirit from a humanist perspective and illustrate that the word embodies a core concept that can be meaningful to the humanist – and to others as well.

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online at:   https://zoom.us/j/92930924845

or by phone: 646-876-9923    Meeting # 929-3092-4845

Virtual Service November 1, 2020

Zen and the Art of Surviving an Election

Lyndon Harris

 

How many of you remember Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? Robert Pirsig’s 1974 novel has little to do with orthodox Zen meditative practice, and even less, as he states it, with motorcycle maintenance. But nevertheless, his novel (rejected by publishers 121 times!) remained on the NY Times bestseller list for years. What might Pirsig say to us as we brace ourselves for the 2020 presidential election, happening in just a couple of days? What might we learn from Zen practitioners about how to navigate these trying times? With a bit of wit, a few insights from meditative practice, zero knowledge of motorcycles, and a strong dose of hope, Lyndon will seek to offer some thoughts about facing the next few days (years?) with grace and civility, balanced with hope and expectations for the future.

 

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Online at:   https://zoom.us/j/98462008943

or by phone:  646-876-9923   Meeting # 98462008943

Virtual Service October 18, 2020

This I Believe: Sharing Our Core Values

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From 1951-1955, radio host and luminary, Edward R Murrow, offered a popular series of five-minute broadcasts entitled, “This I Believe.” These captivating interviews and stories were based on the core beliefs of everyone from political leaders, to powerful social critics, to the perspectives of everyday folks. The mantle of this movement has been taken up by an international organization called “This I Believe” (www.thisibelieve.org) and their website currently has catalogued over 125,00 statements/essays of belief. This foundational sharing of motivating beliefs has become popular in Unitarian Universalist fellowships. Join us when participants from our own fellowship will share their own statements of “This I Believe.”

Virtual Service October 4, 2020

The Feast of St. Assisi and Virtual Blessing of Animals

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St. Francis of Assisi, a much beloved Franciscan monk from the 12th century, is known as the patron saint of pets and animals. Jim Minshew, retired Episcopal priest, will join Lyndon in a conversation about the joys of the animal blessing celebrations, as they share memorable experiences and theological perspectives. Our service will conclude with a “virtual” blessing of the animals.

Virtual Service September 20, 2020

Who Was Jesus?: Current Scholarship and the Quest for the Historical Jesus and Why It Matters Today

Rarely has there been a greater, more widespread Rorschach test of interpretation, than the wide range of perspectives on the historical figure, Jesus of Nazareth. “Son of God”, “God Incarnate”, teacher, revolutionary, prophet, magician, messiah? All of these widely varying understandings, and others, are alive and well today. Is there any hope of understanding who the original Jesus was? Many currents of contemporary scholarship are working to do just that. Come join us for a lively discussion about the current state of discussion about “The Quest for the Historical Jesus.”

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Phone #    646-876-9923

 

Virtual Service September 6, 2020

Read Sermon Here:   Interfaith cooperation 09.06.2020

A Sacred City?: Religion and Co-Existence in the post 9/11 Period

As we meet on September 6th, we will be just a few days shy of the nineteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. One of the lessons from that fateful time has been that religious and interfaith relations are a matter of urgency. If we are to move forward as an inclusive, egalitarian society, co-creating a better future, then religious co-existence and respectful dialogue are vital. As we anticipate the 19th anniversary of 9/11, join us for a presentation and discussion about the necessity and benefits of interfaith cooperation, mutuality and co-existence.

Virtual Service August 16, 2020

Values for the Journey Ahead

August 16, 2020 10:30 AM     https://zoom.us/j/95376128272

Values help us steer through challenging times. Values are guides that influence our behavior and our responses to difficulties. As we navigate our way forward through this time of COVID-19 – or as some have called it, the “coronacoaster” – we can find strength and momentum by examining and becoming clear about what our values are. Our values give life meaning and keep us on track. Our conscience is troubled when we are not true to our values. The ancient stoic philosophers referred to values as “virtues.” Wisdom, Justice, Courage and Moderation are the cardinal virtues of the stoic – an excellent selection. Are there others? What are yours? In the early 2000’s the VIA Institute (VIA = “Values in Action”) started a science-based values inventory to help people identify and strengthen their values and character strengths. We will explore the meaning and impact of our values, especially as we face the challenges of our time. If you’d like to take the free values assessment survey (not required, but recommended) in preparation for our conversation on Sunday, please go to: www.viacharacter.org.

Virtual service August 2, 2020

Beauty Will Save the World

Some thoughts on Beauty in Vexing Times   – Lyndon Harris

August 2, 2020 10:30AM     https://zoom.us/j/93224989290   Mtg # 93224989290

Do we have an obligation to beauty? If so, what is it? Isn’t that just another form of escapism to take our minds off of the crisis du jour?  Being present to beauty – the beauty of a flower, the beauty of a child, the beauty of a loved one – is an antidote to despair. The poet and philosopher, John O’Donahue, wrote, “The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere – in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion and in ourselves…When we experience the Beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming.”     Join us for a homecoming, and a conversation about the healing power of beauty.