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.
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Zen and the Art of Surviving an Election
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.
Online at: https://zoom.us/j/98462008943
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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.”
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.
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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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.
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.
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.