Come reflect on what or whom you honor on Memorial Day, what this holiday means to us and what it asks of us as Americans.
Have you ever felt powerless and limited in your ability to do more? Of course, at some point in our lives we all have felt this way and unable to meet even our own requirements. Yet, what if we are faced with resisting injustice and faithless policies, what if we have declining health, are advanced in years, or have family responsibilities? We may be somewhat discouraged because such circumstances may prevent us from doing all that our heart yearns to do in the face of humanity.
How can we be encouraged?
When our government bans Muslims, goes after immigrants, normalizes violence against people of color, weakens environmental protection; threatens to defund the United Nations, we hear, “That’s not America.” Who are we and who do we dream of becoming? How do UU principles awaken us to American dreams for a future we help create?
Join us as we explore the role of our personal religious authority in our search for what is true and meaningful in our lives. How might our collective religious community encourage and support this ongoing spiritual journey? How do we then embody our values in a world thirsty for justice?
As the political and social climate shifts away from liberal religious values, liberal faith communities need to hone their message and strengthen their connections.
(Inspired by the 2012 Berry Street Lecture From iChurch to Beloved Community Rev. Fredric J. Muir
She is affiliated with the UU Church of Kent, Ohio.
Followed by at Congregation Discussion @12:15pm
The congregation will have a chance to discuss priorities and values for staffing and supporting the Oberlin RE program to support the Board in it’s work to assess the program, vision for the future, and hire a permanent Director of Religious Education.