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"No, What Makes You Think I Am Attached to That?"
Date: Oct. 4, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Rev. David A. Miller. Music: Houseband. Religious Exploration: RE classes for age 2 to Grade 12. Grades 1-6 begin in the Chapel. All others begin in class.
"The History That Never Was"
Date: Oct. 11, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Rev. David A. Miller. Music: Chorale. Religious Exploration: RE classes for age 2 to Grade 12 (except Grade 8 OWL). Grades 1-6 begin in the Sanctuary for Together Time and then return to the Chapel for the RE Workshop: UU Identity. All others begin in class or Nursery.
by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Have you heard? This year, UUCF is partnering with more than 100 other Unitarian Universalist congregations around the continent to develop shared monthly congregational themes. This month we’ve been exploring this question: “What does it mean to be a people of Invitation?” As part of the UU “Soul Matters Sharing Circle,” each month we pool our best ideas about the theme and come up with a shared packet full of inspiring readings, provocative questions and “spiritual exercises” to help you really dig into what each theme means to you. In this month of Invitation, I found myself drawn to one exercise in particular. Here’s what the packet says: Is This a “UU Invitation Song?” Watch and listen to this video. On the surface of things, the answer is simple: This is NOT a UU invitation song. But are you sure? Your exercise, if you are willing to do it, is to listen to it over and over until you find, not only you, but us in it. … What invitation is it offering that you want us to hear? Will you give it a listen today? What do you think? OK, I’ll admit I kind of like Christian praise music even if the theology isn’t always an easy fit. I love the open-heartedness of it, the earnestness and willingness to be touched and changed by spiritual experience. Of course, most UUs will need to do some rapid “translating” of others’ religious language to our own. But actually, that kind of translating is something I’ve grown to enjoy. I’ve discovered I love the process of putting myself in someone else’s shoes and trying to feel myself into the heart of what they’re saying, looking for that place of shared humanity where I can connect to the feelings and experiences, whether or not I share the ideas. And I must say, when I listened to this song with the expectation that there would be something in it for us, it moved me. “We hear you knocking/Make this house your home.” You don’t have to hear God in it, though you’re welcome to and certainly the musicians do. What if the “you” in the song is a very human other? A neighbor, a refugee, a friend? Who do you wish you could invite more fully into your life and the life of this community? Whose spirit needs to “come and fill this place?” Is there one thing you could do today to live more fully into a spirit of welcome and invitation? We hear you knocking, We hear you knocking Make this house your home, make this house your home We are the temple of your spirit Make this house your home, make this house your home We prepare a place, eagerly we wait, we wait Come in, come in, the door is open; Spirit come and fill this place Come in, come in, our hearts are open; we’re inviting you to stay Stay here with usRead More >>>