The Color of Money

Sunday, 04.15.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
Income inequality is a fact of life — the consistent presence of the poor is mentioned in Leviticus, which dates to the 7th Century BCE. Yet in every age there have arisen prophets who call societies to build a more equitable economic system. In the 20th Century the Unitarian Universalist Whitney Young was the “money guy” in the Civil Rights leadership pantheon, advising presidents Kennedy through Nixon. Rev. Lisa lifts up the story of this great leader as a possible frame for addressing inequality today.

A Season of Awakening That Creates a Path to Change

Sunday, 04.8.2018
Speaker: 
Max Goelling
What does renewal look like in a human life, and how can we remain open to it? We can find hints in a surprising and ancient source: The Gospel of Thomas, the most complete of the Gnostic gospels, unearthed at Nag Hammadi Egypt in 1945 but written in the second Century. Max Goelling, a Fellowship member with extensive academic and military experience in religious education and pastoral work, explores the images in today’s sermon.

Who Will Roll the Stone Away?

Sunday, 04.1.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
It’s an experience so universal as to partly define the human condition: Circumstances, crises, traumas and tragedies befall us, and we find ourselves locked in darkness, sealed in by a heavy stone. By what mechanism do we lift the heaviness, and step — even tentatively — into the light? This Easter morning we explore the images together.

The Unfinished Revolution: Fight Like a Girl

Sunday, 03.25.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
Women have been fighting for rights and finding our voices for years. Many gains have been made since Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman senator, had to stand in line to use the visitor’s ladies’ room because there was no bathroom for women senators. But the fight for equality is far from over, and fresh outrages appear with appalling regularity. Rev. Lisa explores the current struggle, and Muses from Reagan High join the women of the Fellowship choir to sing “(I Won’t Keep) Quiet.”

Looking Down the Barrel

Sunday, 03.18.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
You can’t buy certain drugs without a prescription, even to treat some simple conditions. You can’t buy a six-pack of beer unless you’re 21 years old. And yet Federal law provides no minimum age for the possession of certain guns or ammunition. Our nation regularly experiences mass carnage due to gun violence, and yet we seem paralyzed. What can people of faith add to the discussion, and how can we stay sane (and safe) in this violent era?

The White Entitlement Controversy to Black Lives of UU

Sunday, 03.4.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
When the Unitarians and Universalists merged in 1961 they brought together over a century of diligent work for racial justice. Yet in 1969 Unitarian Universalism was almost destroyed by a conflict that led most of the black delegates to General Assembly, along with many white supporters, to walk out in protest. By 1982 the UUA had pledged to become a “racially equitable institution,” but the effort hasn’t been easy… or particularly successful. In July 2015 Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective was founded. What’s all the struggle about, and will there ever be an end to it?

The Color of Privilege

Sunday, 02.25.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
Privilege means that there are benefits or preferences that advantage one person (gender, race, religion) over another. It doesn’t mean the privileged group desires or seeks out the benefits, or even that they enjoy their status. But privilege unacknowledged is privilege we can’t address, let alone redress. Rev. Lisa R. Schwartz explores the continuing theme of racism in the sermon today.

Giving Life the Shape of Justice

Sunday, 01.28.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. John Saxon
In the song, Spirit of Life, we sing about “giving life the shape of justice.” But how, as religious progressives, do we transform our words into action and ground our social justice work in our shared liberal faith and values? Today’s guest speaker, the Rev. John Saxon, served as the Assistant and then Lead Minister of the UU Fellowship of Raleigh from 2010 to 2017. He is currently the interim director of the newly reorganized UU Justice Ministry of NC (www.uuforwardtogether.org).

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