Gathering inspiration for upcoming UU Water Communion Services. This was singing in my heart this morning, now it’s playing on our stereo. Blessed Peace washes over the listener. Hallelujah.
This sermon on The Spiritual Practice of Right Relationship by Rev. David A. Miller is one I’ve referred to on more than one occasion over the past couple of years. It is ever important, especially when conflicts or misunderstandings arise, for those in positions of power to establish a place of safety and trust. It is important too to be mindful of our assumptions about each other and to respectfully work from a place of gentleness and compassion towards reconciliation and to overcome challenges so that our relationships are loving, and that we may all flourish.
I appreciate so much about Bishop Carlton Pearson’s ministry, and I honor the unusual path he traveled to arrive where he is today serving our UU Faith. He was mentored by Oral Roberts and ordained first by the Pentecostal denomination and later was accepted as a United Church of Christ minister. In 2008 his ministry and his congregation became part of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa. I commend All Souls Tulsa, and their senior minister Rev. Marlin Lavenhar, for inviting this evangelical minister into our UU Faith tradition and welcoming the gifts he brings and his unique ministry, even though the path he took to get here was not the one typical UU ministers take.
In this sermon Bishop Carlton Pearson talks about how our spirituality grows and changes throughout our lives. He talks about how our “certainties” can paralyze us not only from personal growth, but also prevent us from offering authentic welcome to others. He emphasizes that we see the divinity in each other and love each other “way beyond belief.”
Saturday, July 21st we gathered together at a friend’s home in Pittsfield to surprise our sweet friend Tammy! She will turn 50 later this year so she was not expecting a birthday party of any kind in July. She was truly surprised! What a delight and a much welcome celebration. Every day is precious. Every moment counts.
What if hospitality was the pillar of our Faith?
If coming together created sanctuary?
If sharing Joys and Sorrows was the path to enlightenment?
What if our sacred texts were our sermons, poems and songs?
If our principles were our doctrines?
If our covenant was the Hope that binds us?
an excerpt from Pulpit of Peace
It is with sadness we share that beloved Morwen Two Feathers left this world on July 17, 2018, surrounded by loved ones and rhythm.
What is remembered, lives.