These individuals will be sharing personal insights, thoughts and perhaps some deeper feelings with respect to the topics and conversations shared in Soul Matters groups this past year.
We are story-tellers by nature; telling stories about ourselves, our communities, and our congregations as we do our best to make sense of a world we are simultaneously discovering and inhabiting. In the face of change or uncertainty, our stories can comfort us and guide us. Over the years, our stories change. What stories are emerging? What is the future we are imagining into being?
This talk was first given in a hurried five-minute, 20-slide power point at Ignite Bend in October 2015. On this Sunday Chela will take a little more time and ease to lay out connections between habitual patterns of thought and attitude and pernicious traces of racism within us. She will highlight examples of institutional racism that once were government-sanctioned. Lastly, Chela will present a simple practice to help further our inner work of transformation. A Dance of Universal Peace will be shared in the Pete Seeger Gathering Hall after the service.
~ Lay Speaker: Greg Byrne
There are many dimensions to stewardship. Listen to one member’s personal view, developed over many years of reflection. Stewardship in three acts, with a short quiz. Don’t worry: Answers provided.
~ Lay Speaker: John Horwich
We’re all at least generally familiar with the statistics and trends regarding the escalating inequality of income, wealth and opportunity in the U.S.. The gap between rich and poor is ever-widening, and the proportion of the population living in poverty is increasing, even as the economy continues to grow. But, many of us are sadly unaware of just how expensive it is to be poor. As the poor work to climb out of poverty, the ladder they have to use has rungs that are 6 feet apart. Let’s reflect this morning on this circumstance, which makes the American Dream a cruel mirage for so many, and consider what we can do to balance the scale of inequality.
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