Born in 1970 from the environmental movement, Earth Day is grounded in two important questions: What kind of world do I want to leave for future generations? And what do I need to do to be a good ancestor? In conjunction with this service, the Social Action Team is showing the documentary film The Reluctant Radical at the Fellowship on Friday, April 20 and again on Sunday April 22. See page 6 of the Newsletter  for details.

What’s the connection between an emblematic mathematical construct (3.14+) and a tasty treat? UUFL’s Stewardship Committee’s 2018-2019 theme involves both Pi and Pie. So my annual pledge drive sermon, lovingly referred to by my colleagues as “The Sermon on the Amount,” will weave Pi and Pie together to ask you for your financial support of the Fellowship n the coming fiscal year.

For more details about this year’s Stewardship Campaign and Budget Discussion, follow this link to the UUFL pledge kick-off annoucement.

Now is the time for us to admit that, as Americans, we each have a responsibility to respond in love – which means to actually prioritize the values of compassion and forgiveness and not just pay lip service to them. Only by this type of soul work will we find different answers to the question, “how can we fix that which is causing so much harm?”

In this service I will reflect on one of the most precious spiritual things we possess as human beings — hope.  Frankly, it seems to me that many of us have of late, for a wide variety of reasons, seen a subtle erosion of hope in our lives, especially in terms of our relationship with the larger society and the social order.

What draws people to Buddhism? How is it a lived philosophy or religion? What practices or beliefs come from Buddhism? Join Ron Frost, a longtime student of Buddhism, and Catie Ballard in a lively conversation. Bring questions and plenty of joy!

It is hard to figure out a balance between being safe in our sanctuaries and at the same time being a welcoming community to the stranger who comes to a Sunday service. A problem is that today we don’t know the intent of the stranger who comes through our doors. Is the person coming with the innocent intent of finding out about the Fellowship and what Unitarian Universalism means? Or does the person have a malicious intent? As you all know this is a very serious concern. My reflection will lift up the importance of finding that balance. Related to this concern, after this service there will be a special and very important congregational meeting. Please see page 3 of the Newsletter for more information.

Catie leads us in a consideration of how Spring Break offers us an opportunity to consider how and why we step out of our busy routines to refresh and renew ourselves.

“There’s Martin Luther King, and there’s Gandhi … and there’s Fred Rogers,” wrote Gene Collier, columnist for Post-Gazette.com in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in his article eulogizing Fred Rogers. Mister Rogers touched the lives of children and adults alike because he spoke so simply and eloquently about loving yourself and others. There are probably a few among us whose lives and hearts were touched by this exceptional man. February 19, 2018 was the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” In honor of the anniversary we’ll consider Mister Rogers’ messages of love and ask if those messages are as relevant in today’s world.

Last fall’s production of The Fantasticks sparked a debate about presenting a classic work to a contemporary audience. Professor Stone explains how the entire production team responded to the challenge presented when Native American students walked out of the performance and invites discussion of the broader question of the role of the arts in society

As part of Evolution Weekend marking Charles Darwin’s birthday, Jeff Lockwood and Matt Stannard will share a dramatic reading based on correspondence between the Unitarian Charles Darwin and Asa Gray, a Harvard professor of botany and an orthodox Christian. Their correspondence helps shed light on the personal religious struggle Darwin had about publishing his book. The service will be followed by a “donation-suggested” chili luncheon prepared by Bren Lieske, a showing of “Paradise Lost: The Religious Life of Charles Darwin,” and a facilitated discussion of the continuous controversial debates about evolution, creationism and intelligent design.