In Matters of the Spirit There Is No Color

Sunday, 01.20.2019
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
Racism is often presented as a social justice issue, and the Fellowship usually puts anti-racist work at the heart of our social justice work. But at our heart we are a congregation, not a social justice non-profit, and at our center are matters of the spirit. Rev. Lisa Schwartz explores how our mission of “fostering spiritual growth” affects and upholds our justice work.

Make the Fellowship Great Again

Sunday, 01.6.2019
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
What makes a place great in the first place, let alone calls it to return to greatness? Is there a way to honor the lessons of the past while we trust the dawning future? Rev. Lisa sees the new year stretching out like an invitingly blank page, and she talks about how we might imagine together a great future for our beloved community.

Let It Shine!

Sunday, 12.2.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
Unitarian Universalists honor many religious traditions, especially holidays and Holy Days. And sometimes we need a way to celebrate what makes our faith unique. Chalica is completely made up, and it’s totally authentic. It begins on the first Sunday of December and lasts for seven days, celebrating a UU principle each day. What a fun way to explore our deepest values and consider the timeless truths of our own tradition!

Awe-Mazing Grace

Sunday, 11.18.2018
Speaker: 
Mariela Pérez-Simons
“Awe is an overwhelming and bewildering sense of connection with a startling universe that is usually far beyond the narrow band of our consciousness,” says neuropsychologist Paul Pearsall. After spending a week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, learning from two-multicultural/multi-racial UU congregations (including All Souls Tulsa, a UU Church with over 2,000 members, including a Black Pentecostal Universalist presence) our ministerial intern Mariela Pérez-Simons shares what UUs can learn from Pentecostalism about awe, connection, and building the Beloved Community.

Toward a Better Way Forward: Fashioning an Imaginative Transformative Vision

Sunday, 11.11.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Many say that what the world most needs today is imagination, new dreams, new vision in response to the difficulties of our times. How might we fashion a vision that is big enough, transformative enough to forge a better way forward that holds the well-being of us all? Guest speaker Rev. Jacqueline Brett is the Minister of Congregational Engagement at Eno River UU Fellowship in Durham, NC. During her schooling at Meadville Lombard she was the recipient of the Charles Billings Prize in Preaching and the Faculty Prize for Religious Leadership.

Us vs. Them

Sunday, 11.4.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
It’ll come as a surprise to no one that recent research shows “substantial evidence of deep polarization and growing tribalism” in the United States, and that this new level of polarization is deeply rooted in our core beliefs about things like race and religion, gender and sexuality, immigration and national security. Is the United States headed for another Revolution…, or another Civil War?

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