SERMON: On Being/Becoming Generous People
I’ve learned to remind myself that all spiritual values have their limits when human beings put them into practice. There are practical limits to our compassion, love, wisdom, creativity, hospitality. Generosity is no exception. We cannot respond to every need. We cannot make every wounded person whole. None of us has infinite financial resources, infinite time, infinite compassion, infinite love. This is not a scarcity-mentality. It is a realistic assessment of our capacity. As much as we might want to, we cannot donate a second kidney. Continue reading….
Last Sunday I was privileged, proud and grateful to walk across Selma, Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge in observance of the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the day—March 7th, 1965—state and local police brutally attacked voting rights marchers as they tried to cross the bridge. Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee activists, including Congressman John Lewis, organized that first march in response to the February 17th, 1965 police shooting of civil rights worker Jimmy Lee Jackson. Martin Luther King, Jr. began a second march on March 9th but, for a variety of reasons, halted it at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. King then led a third march with National Guard protection beginning on March 21st and completing the 54 miles to Montgomery on March 25th with 25,000 people joining in by the end. Later that year, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act. Continue reading….
SERMON: What Does the World Require of Us? (Revisited for Pawel Jura)
Our congregation is in mourning after learning of the death, Tuesday, of our beloved, former Music Director, Pawel Jura. In speaking yesterday with the Rev. Jennifer Brooks, senior interim minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, VA, I learned that Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that Pawel took his own life and that he died peacefully. As more information becomes available, including information about Pawel’s memorial services here and in Fairfax, I will share it with you as best I can. In the comings days and weeks Both I and our Acting Director of Religious Education, Gina Campellone, are available to you and your children for care and consultation about this tragic loss. Continue reading….