January 3rd Pastor Marty Pelham
What Is the Direction of Your Imagination?
Much of the world we exist in now – individually, congregationally, globally – was imagined before it became reality, and the process continues. Do we have options in how we imagine and does that make a difference?
January 10th Frances Mercer
Separation of Church and State:
Is It a Mutual Responsibility?
The first amendment of the Constitution of the United States says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” E. J. Dionne Jr. in the “Foreword” for Melissa Rogers’ recent book, Faith in American Public Life, comments: “…Embedded in these words is a “freedom from” and a “freedom to.” Government cannot promote religion or favor one faith over another. And government must leave citizens free to pursue their ultimate concerns as they see fit.” The question for me is not simply should the Government stay out of religion, but also should religion stay out of Government. Moreover, isn’t our spiritual life or journey actually shaped by many interacting concerns—social, economic, political, governmental, legal, ecological as well as religious? Do we as Unitarian Universalists want a Government that protects religious freedom or one that reflects the ‘goodness’ of our religion?
January 17th Robert South
MLK of the Imagination
We know that Dr Martin Luther King Jr had a profound positive impact on America and the world. But what if he had not existed? Would someone else have stepped up to fill his shoes? Who? Are Great Men essential to progress, or are they all just puppets of inevitable waves of cultural change?
January 24th Eleanor Allen
Imagining a More Just World Through Grassroots Solutions: The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
While considering my end of year charitable donations this past December, I learned some things about the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) that I didn’t know before. And since the 80th anniversary of their founding has just passed, I think this is an appropriate time for sharing what I’ve learned about their history and current work. I will use materials prepared for online worship by the UUSC as well as my own words.
January 31st Pastor Marty Pelham
Being the Imaginations of Ancestors
It is said that we are our ancestors’ imaginations. Did we turn out as they imagined? How is our experience reflected in what are our children – tomorrow’s ancestors – are imagining for their future?