NEXT FEW SUNDAYS
October 4 Hagar's Prayer, Laura Emerson
The tale of Sarah and Abraham’s abandoning Hagar and her son, Ishmael, to certain death in the desert is one of the most poignant stories in the Bible. Who can remain untouched by the pathos of a foreign slave - a mother - whose prayer is not to witness the death of her only child? But this story is fascinating for two other reasons, also. (1) It highlights ancient animosity between the Jews and the Arabs a thousand years before Islam, and (2) Muslims have a very different version of this same story.
October 11 Where’s My Lightning Bolt? Where’s My Burning Bush?
How do you know when you’ve had a spiritual/religious experience? Do we need to be struck dumb to encounter “transcendent mystery and awe”?
October 18 How to Stop “Solving” the Wrong Problems
Just as many generals plan to win the last war, so too are many political and religious leaders stuck in using vastly outdated strategies, one imagines – because that is what they know how to do. Meanwhile, what truly troubles us remains unaddressed. And when, TA-DAH, nothing gets better then; well, find someone to blame. Brilliant.
October 25 I Have Doubts of God
Wanting nothing to do with the traditional God of theism, we may nonetheless find certain Unitarian Universalist ways of thinking about God useful to our spiritual development.