Rev. Sarah will speak about an ongoing challenge so many of us face in life. How can we be released from worry and move on? When do we step forward and renew our dedication to a plan or idea? When do we let go?
Read the text version from Rev. Schurr.
Rev. Sarah Schurr is the minister at West Hills UU Fellowship in Portland. She has previously served our farthest north UU congregations, in Juneau and Fairbanks Alaska.
October 25 is also the date of our New Member Ceremony, and October’s Greater Community Collection, to be received for the Central Oregon Social Justice Center.
This month’s theme is renewal. In our hectic era and fast-changing times, what is it deep within and timeless that we lose touch with? What things of old might we need to reconnect with to be renewed?
Our culture is dysfunctional when it comes to the emphasis we place on “work”. Even traditional holiday breaks are eroding. What would happen if we as a congregation planned “time-out” for ourselves? What would that look like?
Often the most powerful motives for keeping a promise arises from the guilt or shame of a lesson well learned. Shame is a painful experience and as UUs, avoiding shame is part of our theological history. Does that mean we should exempt ourselves from ever having to face it? Or is it possible to find spiritual wisdom there?
In stormy times, we promise children that things will “be all right”, while prophets often prophesy that things will go wrong. What we promise depends on whose view of the future we listen to, what we hope for, looking ahead, and what we commit to.