Rev. Gail Tapscott, retired UU minister and UUCO member believes we are all too busy, are not wasting enough time and have lost out on some very key life skills in recent years. She will be sharing her thoughts on how loafing and hanging out are spiritual experiences and will offer illustrations from many religious traditions. Hanging out has often been associated with Bohemian culture so she will be paying homage to this tradition as well.
Zenkai Taiun Michael Elliston, roshi, is a Soto Zen teacher and Abbott of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, which he established in 1977. He is a Dharma successor of early Zen pioneer Zengaku Soyu Matsuoka, roshi, and also of Shohaku Okamura, roshi, Abbot of Sanshinji in Bloomington, Indiana. He has worked extensively in interfaith settings to develop mutual understanding and teach about Buddhism.
His current week-long residency is sponsored by Oxford Soto Zen (visit www.oxford-soto-zen.org for more information), and coincides with an exhibit of his paintings at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center.
We will continue our theme of transitions this week by honoring those graduating from high school and college. One of our college graduates, Katie Lee, will give a talk titled “Afraid, and . . .,” which will address pushing forward despite uncertainty. Katie graduates with a BA in Psychology and has been singing with the UUCO chorus and working with our youth groups this past year.
We pause, in this season of transitions, to reflect on the past year at UUCO, as well as on the year to come. If worship lifts up that which is of worth and value, how do our various individual values and spiritual practices come together in our communal services?
As a lay led congregation, we participate in a wonderful aspect of Unitarian Universalism: we honor the thoughts and contributions of our members and friends, relying on them as we shape our Sunday mornings. Whether you arrive for the first time or the fiftieth, we invite you use your heart and both sides of your brain to join in our positive and meaningful exploration of such questions as:
What brings us to UUCO this Sunday morning?
What does UUCO bring to us on Sunday mornings?
How can we blossom in programming and in spirit?
Dinorah Sapp will share some insights into Bruce Lee's life and philosophy as it relates to our UU principles. Having visited a museum exhibit in Seattle about Lee's life, career, and philosophy, she found inspiration and a new way to look at things. "No Martial Arts background needed or required for this talk." Dinorah Sapp is a Lecturer of ESL at the Intensive English Program at the University of Mississippi. She wishes she could be as agile and philosophical as Bruce Lee.
Reverend Gail Tapscott, who was a reporter/editor for environmental newsletters and also Director of a Greenpeace office before becoming a minister will share some stories of struggles past and suggest ways we can stay strong for the challenge despite the current hostile climate for science and the environment.
‘Tis the season of birth and growth and transformation... And nothing symbolizes this season like flowers - and eggs! This morning we will speak of the meaning of this season and we will share the tradition of the Flower Communion, originated by Rev. Norbert Capek, a Unitarian minister who lived in Prague in the last century.
All ages are invited to bring blooms and flowers to contribute to the Flower Communion and to participate in this traditional service!! We will have a few eggs as well as sweets to share at coffee hour!
Our young people will be with us for most of the service... and they may have a surprise for their families and other adults at the end of the service!
Join us for this joyous springtime service!
"Looking Back, Springing Forward" - Reverends Gail Stratton and Gail Tapscott, Sunday, March 25, 2017
More than 20 years ago, a group of of people in Oxford gathered as a meditation group to explore their own spirituality. As that group grew, they wanted a place that would welcome all, value freedom of religion and be a place that could be the “village that raises our children.” This group that now includes 91 members became the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford. It was formally recognized as a congregation 20 years ago. This will be the first of two Sundays to reflect on what it means for UUCO to be 20 years old! Rev. Gail Stratton will provide a short history of the congregation and the Rev. Gail Tapscott will provide ways to think about moving forward from this moment.
Members of the UUCO chorus will meet at 10:35 to learn one of the songs. All are welcome to join them!
Randy Weeks, a native of Madison, Mississippi, will lead us on a spiritual journey through music and the spoken word. In this service he will share some of the major influences that have guided his own life. Randy holds a Master's Degree in Music (1977), with an emphasis in Church Music. He also has earned a Master's Degree in Applied Sociology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (1996) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has worked for over twenty years as a Youth Minister and for over twenty years as a psychotherapist. In addition to that, he writes a faith/spirituality column for the "Oxford Eagle" and the "Clarion Ledger" on a regular basis. Randy is also a singer/songwriter and an actor. His son, Jonas, currently works for Broad Green Pictures in Hollywood, California. We welcome Randy to our congregation on March 19!!
Art mediums are all around us hidden in the images, symbols, and words that surround us. We may view art as a passive form of entertainment (television or music). However, we will explore art as a tool of power and influence in both our past and present realities, and also as a mechanism of change for our future.