Toward a Better Way Forward: Fashioning an Imaginative Transformative Vision

Sunday, 11.11.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Many say that what the world most needs today is imagination, new dreams, new vision in response to the difficulties of our times. How might we fashion a vision that is big enough, transformative enough to forge a better way forward that holds the well-being of us all? Guest speaker Rev. Jacqueline Brett is the Minister of Congregational Engagement at Eno River UU Fellowship in Durham, NC. During her schooling at Meadville Lombard she was the recipient of the Charles Billings Prize in Preaching and the Faculty Prize for Religious Leadership.

Us vs. Them

Sunday, 11.4.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
It’ll come as a surprise to no one that recent research shows “substantial evidence of deep polarization and growing tribalism” in the United States, and that this new level of polarization is deeply rooted in our core beliefs about things like race and religion, gender and sexuality, immigration and national security. Is the United States headed for another Revolution…, or another Civil War?

Owner of a Broken Heart

Sunday, 10.21.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
From the locker room to the board room, recent revelations about the near universal experience of sexual harassment and sexual violence by people in power have roiled our society. Many folks are feeling sad and shaken (and mad, and disgusted) as we collectively awaken to the suffering, and the conventions of silence and complicity which has allowed abuse to continue unchecked. Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz explores the topic with passion and compassion.

Pride, ReImagined: The Radical Potential of Queer Liberation

Sunday, 10.14.2018
Speaker: 
Angela Mazaris, Ph.D.
What would it look like if we thought of LGBTQ Pride not just as a celebration, but as a tool for re-imagining our world? Dr. Angela Mazaris leads us on an adventure to envision a world in which queer liberation is a road to everyone's salvation. Dr. Mazaris is a Fellowship member, and the founding director of the LGBTQ Center at Wake Forest University, where they also teach in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.

Pride, ReImagined: The Radical Potential of Queer Liberation

Sunday, 10.14.2018
Speaker: 
Angela Mazaris, Ph.D.
What would it look like if we thought of LGBTQ Pride not just as a celebration, but as a tool for re-imagining our world? Dr. Angela Mazaris leads us on an adventure to envision a world in which queer liberation is a road to everyone's salvation. Dr. Mazaris is a Fellowship member, and the founding director of the LGBTQ Center at Wake Forest University, where they also teach in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.

Indigenous Wisdom, Modern Science

Sunday, 10.7.2018
Speaker: 
Mariela Pérez-Simons
Celebrate Indigenous People's Day! Ministerial Intern Mariela Pérez-Simons will explore the intersection of indigenous wisdom and modern neuroscience. What can we learn from indigenous cultures (particularly from the Taino people who Columbus first encountered) about connection, belonging, and the flourishing of humanity and all living things?

The Courage to Be Countercultural

Sunday, 09.23.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
“What are they worth?” The question might be asked of neighbors, friends, or family members, and reflects a common association of financial wealth with a person’s value. Some have called the current era “The New Gilded Age,” in which displays of wealth often masquerade as demonstrations of worth. People of faith are challenged to disentangle “value” and “assets,” and assert our countercultural claims about how to live a meaningful life.

Stay Woke

Sunday, 09.16.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Sherman Z. Logan
The results of the last Presidential election awakened many people to the plight of those who felt marginalized, neglected and ignored. While some people are reaping benefits from the policies of this current administration, two years later there are still thousands of voices that are not being heard. There are many who are feeling hopeless and are in deep despair. The good news there is still hope for things to get better in the beloved community, only if we “Stay Woke”! Guest preacher Rev. Sherman Z. Logan, Jr. currently serves as the Executive Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, VA, where he has been on staff for a decade. Rev. Logan earned a BA degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Divinity from the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. He holds dual ordination in the Baptist and Unitarian Universalist traditions.

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