Sunday, February 27, 2011

Worship service cancelled... kirtan will be rescheduled

The February 27 worship service was cancelled.

We will reschedule the service, "Paths to God": An Appreciation of Hinduism, along with special guest John Calabria and kirtan.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Through all the tumult and the strife....

I cannot keep up with the world any more.  I keep hearing the words of that early Quaker song, "My life flows on in endless song above earth's lamentation. I hear the real though far off hymn that hails a new creation.  Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing. It sounds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing!"

Not that all of the tumult and strife has been good.  But it has been an interesting few weeks.

So many things have been happening... in Egypt, Libya, Wisconsin (see "There Is Power in Union", a UUA guide to supporting worker justice)... along with threats to funding for Planned Parenthood (read UUA statement on this) as well as NPR and funding for a US Institute of Peace and on and on.  Too much for me to process in writing right now.  My head is spinning.

And today, President Obama declares DOMA unconstitutional.  It has always seemed obvious to me that it was unconstitutional, so this is very welcome.  Here's the UUA response to this turn of events.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The warmth of the sun, the warmth of love...

I was fortunate enough to spend the last several days in Monterey, California, for the UU Ministers Association Center Institute for Excellence in Ministry. In addition to enjoying some beautiful weather, and a beautiful setting, I was lucky enough to experience inspiring worship services and an excellent workshop/seminar.

The workshop I attended was "Facilitating Cultural Change" with Beth Zemsky.  Over the years, I have attended various trainings for anti-racism/anti-oppression/multi-culturalism.  But this workshop really opened my eyes in new ways.  I learned more than I can say.  It's such important work, understanding different cultures -- including one's own culture -- and the ways that institutional racism lives.  Sometimes it is painful to realize how much I still have to learn.  I try to remind myself how far I have come, and pray that that "moral arc" continues.  But it can continue only with persistent intention and learning and love.  It's also very exciting, however, to realize the potential for change!  And this workshop gave me a new mantra for the work: "Authenticity trumps perfection".

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Announcing UUA/UU-UNO LGBT Uganda Fund

Pictured:  LGBT activists in Uganda, picture from uua.org 

From the Rev. Peter Morales, President of the UUA:

"Right now in Uganda, we have seen an alarming rise in violence and prejudice toward people who are even assumed to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Right now, Ugandan citizens, including members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda, fear they will be killed because of this growing culture of oppression against LGBT people.

In response, I am honored to announce that the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), in partnership with the UU United Nations Office (UU-UNO), has launched the UUA/UU-UNO LGBT Uganda Fund, to help LGBT human rights activists—including members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda—protect people whose safety is threatened and fight for social justice and LGBT rights."

Read and hear more at this link.