Unselfie: Treat Your Children Well

Sunday, 05.13.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
We are living in an age when narcissism is the new normal, when children are seen but seldom heard. Growing up free-range can be good for kids, but some kids grow up almost feral — and that can’t be good for any of us. How do we nurture empathy and compassion in children? Or, for that matter, in each other? On this Mother’s Day we dedicate several of our Fellowship’s children.

Salt of the Earth

Sunday, 04.22.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
American author Michael Pollan says, “The way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world.” How do our choices at the dinner table affect the rest of the world, and even the planet itself? What does it mean to be able to make choices about food in the first place? What if building a more just and equitable society AND a sustainable planet was as close as our dinner plate? Rev. Lisa R. Schwartz explores this complicated issue.

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?

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