The Father Factor

Sunday, 06.15.2014
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
Margaret Mead said, “The supreme test of any civilization is whether it can socialize men by teaching them to be fathers.” Yet the social definition of fatherhood has changed dramatically in recent generations. And a growing number of children grow up in homes where fathers are absent, either physically or emotionally. Research has shown that father-child contact is associated with better emotional and academic functioning, even when fathers don’t live with their children. How do modern men learn the important skills of fathering, beyond the biological basics? And, for people whose fathers were less than wonderful, can fatherhood be redeemed?

The Man in the Crowd...and You and Me

Sunday, 05.25.2014
Speaker: 
Rev. Dr. Neal Jones
Vulnerability walks a tightrope – you risk exposure and danger, as well as growth and learning. The Rev. Dr. Neal Jones explores the risks of walking that tightrope. Rev. Jones serves the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Columbia, SC. He has Winston-Salem roots –– UUFWS was the first UU congregation he ever attended-- and he's pleased to be back as a guest speaker!

The End of Religious Education

Sunday, 05.4.2014
Speaker: 
Rev. Lisa R. Schwartz
The Unitarian minister William Ellery Channing famously said, “The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own; not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own.” Rev. Lisa will explore the UU tradition and ends of religious education.

Can God Make a Microwave Burrito So Hot It Burns Her Mouth?

Sunday, 04.13.2014
Speaker: 
Rev. Lisa R. Schwartz
Some questions may forever remain in the realm of mystery. But perhaps you have some questions with more definitive answers. (Who were the Unitarians? Or the Universalists? Why did they get together? Is “sin” a meaningful concept for Unitarian Universalists? How about salvation? How do other religions of the world compare to ours?) Rev. Lisa attempts to answer your questions in her first Fellowship “question sermon!”

Chapter Two

Sunday, 04.6.2014
Speaker: 
Rabbi Andrew Ettin
The Bible begins with Genesis because we want to know about beginnings: for example, how life begins (or began), how a family, country or religion started. But is it so important to know? And what does “beginning” mean, anyway? The speaker is Rabbi Dr. Andrew Vogel Ettin, the spiritual leader of Temple Israel in Salisbury, North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus of English and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Divinity at Wake Forest University.

Religion for Atheists

Sunday, 03.30.2014
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
Let’s say we start with the premise that no religions are true and that God doesn’t exist. Very well, then, with that argument out of the way, where does one go after that? Are there ever, as Alain de Botton says, “crises of faithlessness”? And what is the function of religious community for atheists? As de Botton says, “God may be dead, but the urgent issues which impelled us to make him up still stir and demand resolutions.”

A Handful of Mustard Seed

Sunday, 03.2.2014
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
The Buddha said, “As ripe fruits are in danger of falling, so mortals are always in danger of death. As all earthen vessels made by the potter end in being broken, so is the life of mortals. Both young and adult, both those who are fools and those who are wise, all are subject to death.” How do we face the inevitable end of our one wild and precious life? Rev. Lisa explores the topic.

Finding Footing in Freedom

Sunday, 02.9.2014
Speaker: 
Wynn Perkins, Student Minister
At seminary during the month of January Ministerial Intern Wynn Perkins participated in a discussion around the question, “In a world of endless freedom, what grounding does Unitarian Universalism provide?” The students shared ideas about both endless freedom and the grounding their faith provides. Wynn returns to North Carolina ready to share her insights from the workshop.

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