Principle #4 affirms the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We are living in a crossed up world where truth and lies, facts and falsehoods and especially fear are being traded for profit – and religion is caught in the middle of it all. As people of a liberal faith tradition, what are we called to in times like this? If we promote tolerance, what is asked of us now?
Exploring Native ways of life can lead to new understandings of solidarity and survival, allowing us to learn much from the wisdom of the original peoples of this land. In this sermon we’ll consider the wisdom gleaned from crossing boundaries into Native cultures.
When in doubt, find a metaphor! Rev. Antonia riffs on rivers as a favorite muse and spiritual guide in confusing times.
Risk is not only our theme in March, but is also highlighted on the cover our monthly "Soul Matters" packet. In our super hero styled culture, we think of risk in both individual and polorized terms -- either exhilarating or terrifying. What does it mean to be a community of risk? What do religion and risk have to do with each other? What's right for me?
For something a little different, Rev. Antonia and Music Director, Virlene Arnold and the choir team up to bring you a selection of significant songs in our Unitarian Universalist history and theology. Come, sing a song with us!
Guest Speaker: Richard Groves
The walls of many formal religious institutions in the West seem to be crumbling. We are too close to this event to see clearly what is emerging to take their place. However, there are clear indications that, as the American mystic Thomas Merton predicted, "Religion of the future will be mystical or won't be at all." In this talk, world religions professor Richard Groves helps us to consider three key elements that define the emerging spiritual-mystical phenomenon of our times: 1) A Return to Nature, 2) The Cry for Compassionate Justice and 3) Listening to the Wisdom of the Unconscious. The results will encourage, challenge and inspire you.
Speaker: Rev. Antonia Won
Knowing who we are is a dialogue we have with ourselves as we travel through life, occasionally circling back to memories and values that anchor us in the present. What gives us strength? What keeps inspiring us? What is revealed in our stories?
This month’s theme is ‘identity,’ a topic that can intrigue us for life, proving it’s indeed a riddle and a mystery! Today, cultural identities take center stage as we contemplate ‘the immigrant’ in religion and in politics. Who’s a stranger? Who’s native? Can we find common ground with our faith neighbors in Central Oregon?
A prophecy is a vision of the future. As people of faith, we hold a vision of a better world grounded in liberal values. We seek to realize it through our UUFCO covenant and mission. What does this require of us? How committed are we individuals to our collective vision? What does stewardship really mean? As we launch our annual stewardship initiative, join Rev. Antonia and Michael Carr in exploring the connections between generosity, commitment and hope.
"The Only Problem to Solve"
Rev. Cat Cox, Guest Speaker
Whatever challenges exist in our families, community life and the larger world, there is really only one problem to solve: the problem of how we solve problems! Discover the spiritually grounded, covenant-based way of working with different perspectives and strong feelings that opens up solutions that strengthen and unify a community.
Rev. Cat Cox is a UU minister and a consultant to UUFCO leadership