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Beginning February 11th, the same day as our first Vision Drive event, we’ll begin our new sermon series called What Has to Die for You to Be Reborn? This will bring us through Palm Sunday, which is the week before Easter, for those of you who were raised Unitarian Universalist, like me. We’ll be looking at what it means to sacrifice, what it means to willingly give something up so we can belong to something greater. We’re building on some of the ideas we talked about in the previous sermon series that explored what it would mean to take a spiritual risk. What would it mean if we followed the voice calling out through us?
The unfortunate part is you cannot become something new and still do things the same way you’ve always done them. If you want different results, you have to do things differently. But this is difficult when we live with low levels of trust, and I don’t know if I’ve ever lived through a time with such a low level of trust, culturally speaking. The water we’re swimming in is polluted with suspicion. It permeates everying. But I am a believer, and I believe that one of the church’s missions is to inspire hope and remind people there is another way. But if we are serious about getting to that other way, we have to look at what is no longer serving us so we can let it go and make room for the new way of being.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Upcoming sermons in this series:
Do Unto Others…Unless You Can Get Away With It
Trust in our social contract has been growing weaker for decades. The impact of increasing social inequalities, the deepening political polarization, and the challenges posed by environmental degradation are bringing us to a crisis. Or maybe we’re already there? What is our role in restoring faith in our collective social commitments?
In 1975, as Muhammad Ali delivered the commencement speech at Harvard University, a student called out for a poem. Ali responded, “Me, We.” This poem is sometimes given the accolade of being the shortest poem in the English language. Still, in its brevity, it underscores the single most essential shift asked of humanity at this moment: the shift from selfishness to altruism. Join us for this multigenerational interactive service that explores Me, We
Do You Know the Secret Handshake?
The show Cheers once sang about being a place “where everybody knows your name.” But being a member of a “friendly” community can often mean we’re friendly to each other, not to guests. We’ve all had the experience of going someplace new because we were excited to grow or meet new people or have fun, only to stand around watching as old friends greet each other and laugh. It is very isolating.
What Has to Die for You to Be Reborn?
We face character-defining moments every day, both small and large, and what you do every day becomes what you have done. And the shape of our character determines our life’s trajectory. By choosing to engage with these challenges, we are able to grasp the importance of sacrifice and commitment. This process is not only personal but also communal, reflecting a larger transformation in humanity.