Service June 30, 2024

Why are You a Unitarian Universalist?   With several UUFCF members

10:30AM

June’s Fifth Sunday Service will feature members of our fellowship, whom Ernie has invited to share their personal spiritual journeys and how they landed in our liberal faith tradition. Some are predicable; some will surprise you. Such stories explain why we have such a rich and varied denomination, one that doesn’t rely on strict adherence to religious dogma or allegiance to a supreme leader. Of course, on June 30 we’ll be back in the WWGallery.
See you there!

Service June 16, 2024

My Numinous Encounter with a Timber Rattlesnake  Rev. Ernie Mills

Service will be at the screened shelter near the Harmon Field cabin and children’s play area at 10:30AM.  Pot luck lunch and annual meeting will follow.

10:30AM

 

Serpents, especially snakes, and specifically of the venomous kind, were worshiped by our ancestors. Snakes evoked what Rudolf Otto called the ―numinous (mysterious) or what we today refer to as the ―holy or ―sacred.
The word, sacred in its original meaning, referred to both the ―awesome‖ and the ―awful and had nothing to do with morality or ethics. Venomous serpents had the power to give life and deal death. One example is the bronze serpent. In Numbers 21, a serpent made of bronze was mounted on a cross as a healing symbol.
My encounter with a rattlesnake was both awesome and awful, but the experience was truly holy.

Service June 2, 2024

Justice and Wholeness      Rev Ernie Mills

10:30AM

I learned from Martin Luther King, Jr. that justice is wholeness; it encompasses both the outer and inner life. In King’s letter from the Birmingham jail, written in 1963, he wrote, ―Any law that uplifts
human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust…segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality.
In essence racism is a form of fragmentation, not only of society but of the racist. Social justice and wholeness go hand in hand. We will explore this deep connection.

Service May 19, 2024

The Power of Music.      Rev Ernie Mills

10:30AM

Modern neurological research into the art of music has revealed the extent of its power, way beyond what was known in the past. One thing we have learned is that music is much more than just entertainment; it has medicinal qualities that we have just begun to understand. Music has healing powers and it is the highest expression of the human spirit. In this reflection we will sing as much, if not more, than I talk

Service May 5, 2024

The Dignity of Human Life  Rev Ernie Mills

10:30AM

“Why?” asked Ling Yutang, “If there was no God, people would not do good and the world would go topsy-turvy.” “Why?” answered his Confucian friend. “We should lead a decent human life simply because we are decent human beings.”

 

This quote from Ling Yutang’s book, “The Importance of Living” highlights the importance of living with a sense of dignity and self-respect. Our first UU principle invites us to affirm and promote this very ideal. We will explore this principle and how it contrasts with the doctrine of original sin.

Service April 21, 2024

Eve, The Founder of Science

Rev. Ernie Mills

Could it be that the mother of science was just that, a mother? Yes, I believe it could be and indeed it was, in my opinion. It all depends on how you interpret the role of Eve in the Genesis myth of the Fall. Instead of bringing sin and death into the world, as orthodox interpretations would have it, I believe Eve was willing to think outside the box, wonder, reach out beyond the established boundaries, even if it meant angering the gods and get the science ball rolling. Eve gets blamed for the Fall, but really should get the credit for being the true mother of science.

After all, who wrote the Book of Genesis?

Service April 7, 2024

“Did I Do That?”   Exploring the Over-Soul

Rev Ernie Mills

Those of you who were fans of “Family Matters” may recall the main character Steve Urkel asking from time to time,“Did I do that?” Steve was an unassuming nerd, who quite often engaged in behaviors that had unintended consequences. This brings to mind Emerson’s idea of the “over-soul” of which he says, “I am constrained every moment to acknowledge a higher origin for events than the will I call mine.” Perhaps you can recall a moment or moments in your life, when you asked “Did I do that”? If so, you can relate to the over-soul.

Service Mar 31, 2024

Fred Flintstone as a Role Model?

Rev Pat Jobe

Rev. Pat Jobe, who serves the Unitarians of Lake Norman, has had  many Fred Flintstone moments. After two divorces, going broke in business three times, and being fired from four jobs, one of his congregants around Lake Norman said, “You must be difficult!”

Rev. Jobe will walk us through some of his personal disasters and then evoke the forgiving spirit of Wilma Flintstone who could always be heard to say, “Oh, Fred,” as she forgave Fred, embraced him and they recovered together from his latest scheme, battle, bump or rattle. Unitarian Universalists know what it is like to fall flat on our faces and get back up and start all over again.

Service Mar 17, 2024

Jung’s Myth of the Cave

Rev Ernie Mills

Carl Jung tells the story of a man who went in search of the truth.  He found a cave and there he decided to stay until the truth was revealed to him.  After a few days, he was suddenly overcome by the urge to draw circles on the cave walls. “This is it,” he thought to himself and so he drew more circles. He left the cave and shared his discoveries with others who later discovered the same cave and the circles on the walls.  “This is it,” they exclaimed, and so they started drawing circles. Jung comments “This is the way it was then and the way it is now. We anticipate results in hopes that the process that led to those results will repeat itself.” Joseph Campbell calls it “eating the menu.”

Service Mar 3, 2024

Jesus was a Unitarian, which is the reason I’m one

Rev Ernie Mills

“Orpheus,” wrote Jane Harrison, “halted halfway on the ladder between earth and heaven, a ladder up which many mortals have gone and vanished into the remote unreality of complete godhead.” Jesus was not as lucky as Orpheus (his Greek prototype) in spite of his efforts to avoid going up the ladder and vanishing into “the remote unreality of complete godhead” he was pushed up the ladder by the emperor Constantine. The Trinity makes absolutely no sense at all, and why would it? It is the only dogma in Christian history created outside of ecclesiastical authorities. Jesus was a unitarian and his teachings are the reason I became a Unitarian.