Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Standing on the Side of Love for Valentine's Day

This coming Sunday is Valentine’s Day, February 14. During our worship at the UU Congregation in Andover, we will celebrate our real Valentines – our “funny” Valentines, which are not necessarily lovers in the romantic sense.

But Sunday won’t be just about thinking about the different loves in our lives. That’s because this February the 14th is also “National Standing on the Side of Love Day.” In case you haven’t heard of it before, “Standing on the Side of Love “(SSL, pronounced ‘Sizzle’) is a new public advocacy campaign, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association ... promoting respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” According to SSL, “We believe that no one should be dehumanized through acts of exclusion, oppression, or violence because of their identities.” (Quotation from the UUA’s website,

National Standing on the Side of Love Day is a chance to “celebrate a Valentine’s Day re-imagined,” says the website of the UU Mass Action Network. It goes on: “Love is about more than romance, greeting cards and chocolates. We want to celebrate love’s power to transform communities! As part of our celebration we will send messages of love in support of immigrant families.”

Though our worship service will be focused primarily on love in our personal lives, during our Fellowship Hour you will have a chance to act on behalf of love in the public arena. We will have pre-written postcards from the UU Mass Action Network that we can sign and send as “messages of love” to our Congresspersons and Senators asking them to support the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for American Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (H.R. 4321). The postcards read, “In honor of Valentine’s Day, I stand on the side of love with immigrant families. I honor the love that binds families together. Any system that breaks families apart is itself broken. We as Unitarian Universalists ask for your leadership to support ... Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (H.R. 4321). Thank you for your help.” You will also have a chance to see a summary of H.R. 4321.

I hope you'll join us!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Let's get Lost....

There are so many important things happening in the world about which I could blog. Instead, I'm going to make a brief post about Lost.

I love this show.

I waited and waited for the premiere episode(s) of the final season to come... and finally it came, last night, at the end of Groundhog Day (appropriate, I'd say). I believe this final season is off to a promising start. Instead of flashing back in time (like they did for a while), or flashing forward in time (like they did for a while), they now seem to be "flashing sideways" (as some are calling it). That is, there are now two simultaneous timelines.

I won't try to explain Lost. It's far too complicated for me to explain, even if I could. Why do I love it? In addition to the amazing quality of the acting, writing, filming, etc., the show focuses on the BIG questions. There's the matter of time and space... and "reality". There are allusions to western and eastern religious traditions, and to ancient Egyptian traditions. There are questions of "good versus evil" and all sorts of ethical quandaries.

I can't wait for next Tuesday night!