Our first service in March features members and friends of our UU Jazz group. Many forms of jazz begin with a tune, played straight, as originally written. After the tune is played through, the musicians take turns making something new out of this basic structure. We might think of the original tune as a statement of truth, and the improvisations as responses to the question, “But is that all there is?”
The second service, on March 11, is a 10 AM service for all ages. It will be built around an improvisation on the classic myth about Pandora. Is it possible to hide truths about life’s difficulties? What would happen if we could?
On March 18, I’ll base my reflections on the film, “For the Bible Tells Me So,” a documentary the Big Ol’ Gay Committee will show on March 16. In that film, parents and their adult gay and lesbian children share journeys colored by literalist biblical “faith” that taught them that homosexuality is a sin. They are gripping stories of struggle, and varying degrees of coming to terms, with different kinds of truth.
Finally, on March 25, our youth will lead us in worship, giving us a glimpse of their own searches for truth and meaning as they explore impermanence and transformation.
I look forward to discovering what will emerge, as spring officially makes its entrance. Here is one of my already-discovered truths: I am blessed and grateful to be your minister.
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“Because I Can”
Lynne Marie WanamakerThoughts on spiritual practice and forgiveness. Music by Leah Dunham, Alice Wanamaker and John Gaustad.
August 9“Coming to the Pond: Surrender and Prayer”
Karen G. JohnstonWhat do we ask of prayer? What does it ask of us? It does not matter if we identify as humanist or theist or something wholly else. When life presents us with something more than we can manage, can surrender and prayer make new things possible? With reflections from Karen’s experience as a hospital chaplain intern and her own explorations of prayer as a non-theist.
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