Sermons from August 2023
by Elizabeth Olson What words do we use to describe our unique faith community? How do we choose our words of welcome at every service? What new vocabulary shall we learn in order to show each person the respect they deserve? Some of us are reassured by familiar Judeo-Christian language, while others feel uncomfortable when memories of negative religious experiences are triggered. These are the challenges of one loving community following our shared principles together along many paths.
by guest speaker, Rev. Pam Rumancik While all around us, trees live vibrant lives hidden from the perceptions of most people. They breathe, communicate and share with each other and the wider world offering a glimpse of what sustaining interconnection looks like. There is a magical world in the forest – and we might learn quite a lot about how to live sustainably in this world if we simply paid attention to the wisdom they provide.
This week we’ll talk about how our collective idea of “hope” has changed over generations, as we deal with stressors both old and new – and how we can remain hopeful and feel our sense of purpose even within an era that seems to feel over-saturated with challenges.
What is life but a collection of moments? Sometimes while we’re so busy living, we forget to be fully present in the moments as they happen. Let’s take a pause and explore being fully present, exploring what that means for different ages, neurotypes, and abilities.