This month, we explore this question and its many answers. Mary Beth Willis, Mississippi Teacher Corps member and High School teacher in Meridian, shares with us insights in finding beauty while serving others.
“Memorial Day: Looking Back and Looking Forward”.
While Memorial day marks the start of summer, it is also a day to honor and remember that over a million Americans who have died during armed conflict. It is also a time to examine the power of stories in our lives and how we can be the author of the stories of our lives and times.
A season of change and transition seems to happen in May—so we take this Sunday to touch on how the passages and transitions of our lives transform us. Especially graduation and all the changes that mark that accomplishment happen now. In this season, many head to new jobs and/or move to new places to live. Lots of us look back just a few months to note marriages, births, new connections, and, yes, death and loss. Even the terms of our board members change -- and we pause to appreciate those who have served and those who are taking up new roles. Come and participate in this Sunday when we mark some of life's passages and transitions, the changes that touch us with both loss and opportunity, the times of our lives when we feel things that have been familiar shift and doors to next things open.
“When the going gets difficult, turn to wonder.”
This phrase is part of the Welcome Table Guideposts, guidelines for their community conversations that are led by the William Winter Institute of Racial Reconciliation. What happens when we turn to wonder? when we get curious, or when we allow our curiosity to be present?
This Sunday we will explore some aspects of Curiosity and we will Celebrate Mother’s day!
Mary F. Thurlkill, professor of Religion at The University of Mississippi, will share with us about Ramadan. It begins at sundown on Sunday, May 5; for one month, Muslims will avoid food, drink, and other "physical pleasures" during daylight hours. We'll discuss "why" Muslims practice such abstention, looking at the Qur'an, hadith, and some specific cultural traditions.