Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This Saturday, October 24, is the International Day of Climate Action (see www.350.org for more details, including a list of local actions that you might join). If you live in
For better or for worse (depending upon who you ask), the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover does not have bells to toll. However, we will honor the occasion in our own way. On October 25, I will preach a sermon entitled “Save Your Planet, Save Your Soul”, talking about the spiritual nature of the current ecological crisis. At the end of the service, in lieu of tolling a church bell, I will invite you to join me in making our own holy noise. I will bring various drums and shakers and horns (see photo above, for a start), and I invite you to bring your own if you have them. If we have 35 people present, and everyone makes 10 sacred sounds, we will have created our own 350. But the more the merrier, truly. Let us make a joyful noise!
After the sacred sounds, during our fellowship hour, there will be a petition for your consideration. This petition will ask Senator John Kerry “to continue to fight for a fair, ambitious and binding global deal” on the climate change crisis (a petition of the Mass Council of Churches, of which the UUA is a member denomination). We will also have a laptop available for people to sign the 350.org interfaith call to action petition online. (Or, sign it RIGHT NOW by clicking this link.)
Click on this link to see our event listed on the 350.org website and to RSVP online.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
At 10:30 a.m., come to the UUCiA and hear Harvard Divinity School seminarian Erik Resly preach his sermon "Befriend Thyself". That's treat number one. (Click here to see Erik's blog.)
In the afternoon, there are two amazing talks... sadly, they are happening at the same time, so you will have to choose.
One of these is the "Climate Convocation", featuring best-selling author of The End of Nature Bill McKibben. This talk will be a "warm up" of sorts for the International Day of Climate Action. It will be on the 18th at 2:00 p.m. in the Memorial Church of Harvard University. The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the UUA, will deliver the interfaith prayer. Click here to download a flyer. Go to 350.org to learn more. (McKibben is pictured to the left in this post.)
The other amazing talk that afternoon is by UU minister and theologian Thandeka, who will speak at the UU Urban Ministry headquarters in Roxbury on the 18th at 2:30 p.m. This is a Jack Mendelsohn Forum Special Event. Thandeka will give an interactive presentation on Unitarian Universalism and social justice. Click here to see more details. (Thandeka is pictured to the right in this post.)
Finally, end your day back where the day started, at 6 Locke Street in Andover (back at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover). The 15th Annual Women's Spirituality Series presents "Unveiling the Mystery of Divine Birth", featuring Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D, author of The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece. The presentation starts at 7:00 p.m., and admission is $15 (though no one will be turned away). (Rigoglioso is pictured to the left in this post.)
From the event flyer:
"Join us this year to expand our understanding of women's mysteries to include the ultimate female priestly power: miraculous conception. Marguerite Rigoglioso will present her groundbreaking new book The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece, exploring the "rape by gods"and supernatural conception stories from Greek history and myth in a startling new way that places virgin priestesses at the core of Western civilization.
Sounds like a great day, doesn't it?
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
This past Saturday, I participated in a Habitat for Humanity “build day” along with several members of the UUCiA (I was there for a half day; the others for the entire day). It was my very first Habitat for Humanity experience, and I was very impressed. In addition to being impressed by the skills and generosity of the volunteers (our own, and the others there that day), I continue to be impressed by the organization itself.
The site for the “build day” this past Saturday was a site that had been destroyed in a January 2008 fire. The Habitat volunteers are rebuilding it, hopefully to be finished by the end of this year. No structure is permanent, no matter how well-built...
Of course, we are in the midst of the Jewish holiday known as Sukkot. A sukkah (singular of sukkot) is a temporary structure, a kind of a tent or “booth”. During the holiday of Sukkot, our observant Jewish sisters and brothers build these temporary structures. This is to remind them of the time when the Jewish people were wandering in the desert for forty years after leaving
Just as no structure stands forever, no one lives forever. But to my way of thinking, acts of generosity and loving-kindness are eternal. Acts of generosity and loving-kindness live forever in the memories of those who experienced them, and passed on that love in their own way. My Habitat for Humanity experience was inspiring.... I am grateful for the kindness of people all around me who continue to pass on the love.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
This (October 4) Sunday's service is "Why ACT (
Please join us!
A link for the Andover Community Trust: click here
This Saturday, October the 3rd, the UUCiA will have its "build day" for Habitat for Humanity. The link for the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity: click here