April 3rd Service, 10:30 AM
"Overcoming Inequalities" - Dr. Cornell West
Our program this morning will center around Dr. Cornell West's Ware Lecture from the 2015 UUA General Assembly. Dr. West challenged the attendees to engage their home faith communities as advocates for overcoming the inequalities that divide our society. His energetic style left quite the impact on those present that evening. Religious education will be provided for our younger members during this program.
April 10th Service, 10:30 AM
"Pledge Sunday" - Rick Johnson
This is our annual Pledge Sunday, where we consider how we can best support the Fellowship and our liberal religious work here in Burlington. Lay Minister Rick Johnson will lead this morning's service as we look ahead to our future and count the cost of achieving our goals. Religious education will be provided for our younger members during this program.
April 17th Service, 10:30 AM
"A Language of Reverence Revisited" - Kathy Bowman
Our guest presenter from the UU Congregation in the Quad Cities, Kathy Bowman, will lead this morning's service entitled "A Language of Reverence Revisited". In a 2003 sermon, UUA President William G. Sinkford spoke of a long night sitting in the hospital with his teenage son, who lay near death: "I felt the hands of a loving universe reaching out to hold. The hands of God, the Spirit of Life. The name was unimportant. . . I knew that I did not have to walk that path alone, that there is a love that has never broke faith with us and never will." Since that sermon, the denomination, individual congregations, and inspired UUs have have written about and implemented a variety of spiritual practices. Some of these practices will be demonstrated as part of the liturgy, along with an explanation of their possible application in the lives of congregants and the whole congregation. We will celebrate with song, readings, poetry, meditations, and prayers; we will thoughtfully discern together. Religious education will be provided for our younger members during this program.
April 24th Service, 10:30 AM
"Every Day is Earth Day" - James Schuessler
Our program this morning is entitled "Every Day is Earth Day" and is presented by James Schuessler, a member of our congregation. Anthroecology is an empirical approach, rather than normative, to economics and planetary crisis. According to Erie C. Ellis, Phd., anthroecology is defined in his manuscript, “Ecology in an Anthropogenic Biosphere”. By combining several areas of study, a better equilibrium can and must be obtained in order for humanity to flourish. In the spirit of making every day Earth Day, recycling and being “green” isn’t enough, instead a complete overhaul of the economy is needed. Religious education will be provided for our younger members during this program.