An intergenerational discussion. Jay will focus on the following three specific themes of beauty and poetry: the beauty of love, thought, and perception. Members of the congregation and friends are encouraged to bring a poem to share during the service. The guidelines for poems are: suitable for all ages, two-minutes or less to read, and connected to the theme of beauty. If you would like to bring a poem but would rather have someone else read it, there will be readers present. Also, you do not need to offer any reflection on or explanation of the poem.
This June 16th many Christians observe Trinity Sunday, a celebration of the doctrine of the Trinity: the concept of God as the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, established as creed by the first Council of Nicea in 325 CE. Wendy Pfrenger and Greg Johnson (with Andy Pfrenger’s prepared remarks) will lead this service examining the historical origins of the Trinity and the early development of opposing Unitarian concepts. Music will be provided by the Oxford Viols (Susan Marchant, Ron Vernon, and Greg Johnson).
The philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote, “In difficult times, carry something beautiful in your heart.” These are indeed difficult times. They require courage, commitment, hope and self-love. And all of them are sustained by beauty. We find the courage to fight after falling in love with a beautiful vision to fight for. We maintain our commitment only by finding the beauty that nourishes us. We hold on to hope because experiences of beauty remind us that something in the universe is on our side. We withstand dehumanization when rooted deeply in the beauty of our own dignity.
This weeks service is built around this question:How has beauty touched your life or given you hope in some way? Is there a source of beauty that sustains you? Come hear how several of our congregations find strength and hope in beauty.
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.
Easter, Flower Communion, and a few eggs! - Sunday, April 21, 2019 - Mitch Robinson special guest speaker from Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
‘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 join in this annual spring service!!
Mitch Robinson, from Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, will join us and bring a short reflection.
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… which will involve eggs!
Join us for this joyous springtime service!
Wendy Goldberg will discuss the history of the Passover Seder as well as its significance to Jewish practice.