The UU Water Service celebrates our shared homecoming as a community after a summer season of wandering and cultivation. All are encouraged to bring a small amount of water to pour into our shared pool of experiences in this multi-generational ceremony. Join us as we reflect, remember, and anticipate the renewed vigor of autumn.
On Wednesday, Aug 7 we got the news of the raids conducted by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations) near Jackson, resulting in the detention of 680 people. In a raid they said was months in the planning, they did this on the first day of school, in what some have called "a mass family separation" event.
Our congregational theme for this month is "What does it mean to be a people of welcome?" Welcome sure as h____ does not look like that! And, it does not need to be this way. For this Sunday Service we will consider where we are as a state and country and perhaps even more importantly, how to keep our hearts and doors open to being welcoming.
Considering Pilgrimages and Sacred Places as the 2019 Islamic Hajj Begins - Dr. Mary Thurlkill - Sunday, August 11, 2019
Join us to consider the spiritual high points (and low points) of pilgrimages, especially those of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca required of all believers of Islam who are able to travel there. This year Hajj begins on August 9 and lasts through August 14, overlapping this weekend, and involves a massive onslaught of pilgrims coming to Saudi Arabia. The role of other sacred places and pilgrimage sites - Jerusalem and Lourdes, France, and others - will also be part of our morning’s exploration.
Dr. Thurlkill is Professor of Religion at the University of Mississippi, specializing in comparative Christianity and Islam, especially the classical and medieval all periods. Her recent research focuses on religious pilgrimage, for which she did fieldwork in Israel/Palestine, Egypt, and Spain. She teaches classes that include Abrahamic Traditions, Saints and Sexuality, Islam, Christianity, and Bible/Qur'an.
Come this Sunday to hear from Maya Kaup, graduate student in the Department of Biology at Ole Miss, as she tells us about her recent trip to South Africa and Namibia to conduct research. She will show us her journey in photos and explore the diversity of life she experienced on her trip.