CALL TO WORSHIP (for the installation of the Revs. Cathy and Heather Rion Starr at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, April 19, 2015)
Because the spirit says sing, let us worship together!
Because the spirit says dance, laugh, shout, let us worship together!
Because the spirit says grow, build, fashion, shape, create beloved community, let us worship together! Continue reading….
SERMON: From Radical Transcendence to Radical Immanence
I’ve tended in my life to seek God not in some otherworldly place, not in some higher realm, but right here, among us, around us, within us, infused in the dark, brown earth, thawing with the lake ice as winter turns to spring, sinking into to early April mud, tunneling with the earth worms, falling warmly with early April rain, rolling and crashing with the great ocean waves, rising and setting with the sun and the moon, coursing through our bodies, pulsing with our blood, beating with our hearts, breathing with our lungs. Continue Reading….
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….