Roll Away the Stone (Easter/Earth Day sermon 140420)

How many of you are fond of drinking coffee?

How many have heard of “Doomsday Preppers”?

How many of you have heard of the book, “Saving Paradise”?
 
The subtitle of Saving Paradise is “How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire.” In the book, co-authors Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker write about their discovery that early Christians were focused on *this* world, rather than on securing a place in some afterlife.
 
 
Brock and Parker visited ~read more~

vm: W.E.B. DuBois

W.E.B. DuBois

This week we celebrate the birthday of W. E. B. DuBois, who reminds us that “children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” So may ~read more~

vm: Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown

This week we celebrate the birthday of Rita Mae Brown, who advises, “All you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for  you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” So may ~read more~

fifty years

fifty

Grateful for fifty years;
grateful and awed by good life so far;
working as best I know
to share some of that good fortune.
Thanks Becky, family (by blood or law);
thanks to all who share this journey.
May we grow in compassion and courage
as we deepen ~read more~

vm: James Baldwin

James-Baldwin

This week we celebrate the birthday of James Baldwin, who reminds us that “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word ‘love’ here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace – not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and ~read more~

Hanukkah and Sandy

8nights-sandy

Once upon a time, perhaps about a month ago, in a makeshift kitchen in Rockaway, New York, Chef Lorence DuPage provided free meals for several hundred people who had lost their homes to Superstorm Sandy. Chef Lorence cooked all day, and well into the night, for several days in a row. He and his staff brought some food with them, then they worked with whatever food other volunteers provided them.

Chef Lorence had lost *his* kitchen to Hurricane Katrina, ~read more~

mindful on Black Friday

jingle-bell-run

Mindful of the folks we may meet on Black Friday: Out in the parking lot, there is a young man in a “Buy Nothing Day” T-shirt, and zombie makeup. He has a good understanding of  the evils of consumerism, and he is still working on developing real compassion for the humans caught in the system. He is grateful for the professional stage makeup that his girlfriend gave him.

A Walmart employee, out on strike, just like many ~read more~

vm: Thandeka

Thandeka_photo-by_Merrel-D-Booker-Jr

This week we celebrate the birthday of Thandeka, who reminds us that “the life blood of generations who refused to surrender their humanity in an inhumane world courses through [our] veins.” So may we continue.

(photo: Merrel D. ~read more~

UU spiritual 1%

foxes

In our second reading this morning, Mary Oliver’s fox says,
“…I see you in all your seasons
making love, arguing, talking about God
as if he were an idea instead of the grass,
instead of the stars, the rabbit caught
in one good teeth-whacking hit and brought
home to the den. What I am, and I know it, is
responsible, joyful, thankful. I would not
give my life for a thousand of yours.”

All too often, we UUs engage in passionate debate, philosophizing and arguing ~read more~

six-word teacher descriptions

super_teacher

We owe a great deal to our teachers. StudentsFirst is holding a contest, to describe excellent teaching in just six words. The finalists are below; you can vote here.

Encouraging the discouraged to defy obstacles.
Karen M., Illinois

Building confidence; Opening doors; Shaping futures.
Stephanie C., Oklahoma

Teachers hold the ladders students climb.
Rebecca H., Pennsylvania

Handing out keys to the world.
Ann Marie O., Michigan

Stretching imaginations, expanding knowledge, multiplying opportunities.
Adam S., Arizona

Changing the world by expecting excellence.
Amanda T., Illinois

Teachers illuminate darkness to reveal ~read more~

so may we categorize: