It’s the beginning of another new year, and this service will examine these questions: What are you inviting into your life? What do you have to let go of to make room for it? How might you orient yourself to head in the right direction to find the life you seek? (Speaker: The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz)
(KIKI is a party for calming the nerves. We celebrate the last Sunday of 2012 with a variety of stories, myths, and legends about who we are and how we came to be at this Fellowship. Speaker: Ron Fittro)
Some people think Christmas should be outlawed. Christmas celebrations were actually illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until the mid-19th century. What did Unitarians have to do with traditions such as the Christmas tree, and how does it all relate to the movement to abolish slavery in the U.S.? (Speaker: The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz) (Note: This sermon was preached on the Sunday after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.)
Hanukkah is the tale of a small community of resistance standing on the side of love and light against overwhelming odds. Though this story of liberation and rededication is ancient, it holds truths for today. (Speaker: The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz)
In 1961, Unitarians and Universalists merged and became Unitarian Universalists. They vowed to honor the important elements of each faith group as they came together. Over the course of the last nearly 50 years, though, Universalism has been nearly edged out of the room. We seldom talk about Universalism’s looming presence or its traditions and stories. What might be gained by noting its presence? What might be lost if we don’t? (Speaker: The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz)
Forgiveness of self and others is part of the basic foundation of human relationships. Forgiveness enables people to give and receive love in enduring ways. With the approach of Yom Kippur nigh, this service will lift up the possibility of coming to terms with shortcomings—ours and others’—and beginning again in love. (Speaker: Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz)
This presentation centers on three major points: 1) inner-personal peace, 2) communicating and relating peacefully, and 3) peacemaking with all Earth’s inhabitants. The information comes from a variety of sources, including information gleaned from the works of Marshall Rosenberg, William Ury, the 14th Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mahatma Gandhi, and the Unitarian Universalist Peacemaking Congregational Study Action Issue (CSAI) program materials. I became interested in developing this topic called “Creating Peace in Our Lives” several years ago when I reviewed the UUA study/action materials for the social justice committee at the UUFMC when I lived in Florida. Information about that study can be found on the UUA website. (Speaker: Ann Barefield)
Dr. Lynn Huber, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University and Acting Director of the Elon Center for the Study of Religion, delivers our annual LGBT Pride Sermon. Dr. Huber’s research centers on apocalyptic literature and gender.
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In Unitarian Universalism, skeptics and believers unite ... sometimes in the same person! As weundertake the adventure that is our human spiritual quest, sometimes we encounter struggle and sometimes joy. But on a genuine spiritual quest, we always encounter something beyond what we could have imagined when we set out on the journey. Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will rummage through the spiritual knapsack in this sermon.
Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz, Ministerial Candidate