Fated for Free Will? (sermon; 121014)

Fated for Free Will Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 14 October 2012


OPENING WORDS For a few hours each Sunday morning, we set aside a time and space to recall ourselves to our larger values, and to teach them to our children. We make time to heal from the  wounds of the world, to recharge for the week ahead, and to better equip ourselves to care for and ~read more~

Ownership and Forgiveness

Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 09 October, 2011; by Rev. Chip Roush

OPENING WORDS Ten and a half days ago, at sundown on September 28th, many of our Jewish friends celebrated the beginning of the year 5772. Rosh Hashanah—literally, the “head of the year”—is the first day of the year, and therefore it is the anniversary of the creation of the world. On Rosh Hashanah, some believe, God opens ~read more~

too much “sanity”?

Jon Stewart, like most of us on the Left, still does not get it.  The “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear,” which he hosted with Stephen Colbert last Saturday, was well-attended, and funny, and did find a balance with satire and sincerity.  Stewart’s intent, as reported by Christopher Beam, was “to show that civil discourse and cooperation are possible.” 

Beam quotes Stewart: “We work together to get things done every day…[Most people are not political animals—they] don’t ~read more~

easy to be hard

Tea Partiers are driven by Status Anxiety; unless we provide an alternative status, their fear and anger will continue to escalate, until it bubbles over into real violence. The traditional markers of status in the USA–wealth and white skin–are changing. We cannot (and would not choose to) stop that evolution, but we can respond to the anxiety it causes. We can present a wider, more universal status (the inherent worth dignity of every person!) to ~read more~