10:30am Sunday Worship Service (streaming online)
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THIS WEEK’S TOPIC
“Fathers I have Known”
This Sunday, I will reflect on fatherhood in anticipation of Father’s Day on June 20.
I will talk about my father, what he meant to me, what I learned from him, and how our relationship evolved over time. I will also talk about how, during the years from 19 to 40, I looked for men to be ‘fathers’ to me – perhaps some would use the word mentor, and what I learned from these experiences. I will talk about four men who were father figures to me in various ways and how that influenced me. I will also talk about and traveling the distance between experiencing a father and becoming a father myself.
In some sense, experiencing a father is a process of learning what it means to be a man. The issue of being a man transcends the issue of sexual orientation. No inherent conflict between masculinity/manhood and sexual orientation exists. People of different sexual orientations claim the label of ‘man.’ What then is ‘maleness’? This issue is fraught because we live with an awareness of toxic masculinity and white supremacy, both of which have thrown the idea of masculinity into question. It is no secret that men bring far more destruction and mayhem into the world than women. Is there anything redeemable about ‘maleness’? If so, what is it? One of my mentors taught that men’s highest aspiration was to be a ‘male mother,’ by which he meant being a male who can nurture others.
While I tell these stories of ‘fathers I have known,’ I am also asking the question, ‘what does it mean to be a man in our times?’
After the service, AJ Mazaris will join me for a discussion in a chat room about the theme of the service. I look forward to seeing you Sunday!
Speaker: Rev. Ed Brock
Worship Leader: Laura Byrd