NEXT FEW SUNDAYS
October Worship Services
October 5 Finding Courage, William Ellery Channing
In the early nineteenth century, “Unitarian” was seen as a slur, but in 1819, William Ellery Channing set aside his fears and decided to own the term, no matter the cost to his reputation or livelihood. What can we learn from this “reluctant radical” to forge a path of courage in our own lives?
October 12 Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Primacy of Personal Experience
Emerson took his cues from the previous Unitarian generation but developed them into a powerful vision for the future of our faith. Indeed, Unitarian Universalism is far more Emerson-ian than anything else. That’s not a bad thing because he was a highly original genius whose insights are still provocative and positive.
October 19 Why Don’t We Have a Creed?
In UU congregations atheists rub shoulders with theists, neo-pagans with humanists, liberal Christians with naturalistic mystics - and some of us have a little of each of those in us. Theological diversity is part of who we are - but it might not have been so. Come, take an historical journey to discover how this all came to be.
October 26 The Futility of the Humanist Theist Debate
Let’s say that there was a real debate between proponents of these two versions of Unitarian Universalism - could either side “win” or persuade the other of the error of his or her ways? That seems very unlikely. And even if one side did prevail - would it change anything about the world such that it became more theistic or humanist? Again, unlikely. To me it’s a little like trying to decide which is more truthful - French or Spanish?