Gail Stratton, Speaker
Ben Pinon, Service Leader
"Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard thruth is that all people love poorly." Henri J.M. Nouwen
The Jewish High Holy days are the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the Jewish Calendar. This year Rosh Hashanah is on Sept. 14 and begins the day before, Sept. 13, at sundown. Yom Kippur is Sept 23 (and begins at sundown Sept. 22). Sometimes called the Days of Awe, they are days of preparation for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the year and is a time of repentance and atonement.
Surely, one of the life-long, recurrent challenges of being human is to fail, to do and be less than what we want or even what we expect of ourselves. We will take this Sunday to explore the regular challenges of repentance and forgiveness: how do we forgive ourselves? How do we forgive each other? And how do we ask others to forgive us? How do we grow in our ability to do all of these things? And, recognizing that we are a theologically diverse group, how do we seek forgiveness from God or from Spirit even while affirming our theological diversity?
We will be blessed with two special visitors: Gloria Lenhoff and Don Kartaganer will be providing music for this special service! Gloria Lenhoff is a lyric soprano & accordionist with Williams syndrome. In recent years Gloria has performed locally at the U. of Mississippi, with the Opera Memphis Chorus, & as assistant cantor to Don Kartaganer at B'nai Israel.
Don Kartiganer taught in the English Department at the University of Mississippi from 1991 to 2009. He was the lay Cantor at Temple Beth El in Tacoma, Washington from 1982 to 1991, and at Temple B'nai Israel from 1997 to the present.