Save or Savor?

Audio File:   Opening Words  Author E.B. White once wrote of the dilemma that faces us all:  “If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning, torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor…

Evolving Understandings

Audio File: Opening Words  Tomorrow is International Darwin Day- on the 209th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, people all around the world are reflecting on his legacy, which is, primarily but certainly not exclusively, the theory of evolution.  Darwin’s insight offered us an important piece of the vast and complex puzzle that answers, ‘Who are we? …

Inviting Epiphanies

Audio File:   Opening Words I’m actually not entirely sure it’s appropriate for us as Unitarian Universalists to celebrate a traditional Christian Epiphany.  There are actually two different understandings of the historical roots of the holiday…some Christians lift it up as the anniversary of the day the wise men arrived in Bethlehem, having followed the Star. …

Hanukkah

Opening Words  In the year 167 BCE, the Greek king Antiochus Ephiphanes attempted to Hellenize Jerusalem.  Jewish practices, including the observance of Shabbat, were forbidden.  The Temple in Jerusalem was co-opted and used to worship the cult of Zeus. A small band of guerilla fighters known as the Maccabees rose up to fight the Greeks,…

Dark and Light, Light and Dark

Opening Words    When I work on crafting a service, one of the first steps I take is to look through my files to see what I’ve said on that topic before.  I wouldn’t want to bore you.  I’ve been here for five years now, and for most subjects, I find one or two other…

Waiting…with Hope

Opening Words  Today is the first Sunday of Advent- a season of expectant, hopeful waiting.  For Christians, expectations and hopes for peace, love, joy, and justice live in the story and the person of Jesus of Nazareth.  While Unitarian Universalism grows from Christian roots, our hopes and expectations have gotten bigger and messier through the…