An intergenerational, interactive service on prayers—singing, dancing, drawing, and laughing our prayers.
One afternoon while sitting on my patio in northern California I had an experience that totally changed my life. I bonded with a crimson and scarlet rose. Yes, I did do that. My first reaction was “Wow, wait until I tell…” Then I stopped. Who would I tell such a preposterous thing?
That’s how my adventure at the age of sixty began. Now, turning 79 two days after I meet with you, I am still amazed at the immensity and glory of this universe. We are like balloons being filled with knowingness rather than air…teachers and students walking the circle of life…growing steadily in love, compassion, wisdom, and understanding. Not according to someone else’s idea but as the Desiderata states: to be at peace with God whatever we conceive Him to be. To keep peace with our own souls. When we have learned to love until our “balloons” can hold no more in this life, like Pooh Bear I believe we will rise to the Power that put each of us here to Walk in Spirit. See page 4 for Nancy’s bio.
Change for Change is today. We will be donating to Yen Industries/Hildy Hats. This is the organization begun by Rosemary Bratton which makes hats. She is now working with women at the Lusk prison.
How do we engage issues of justice making and relationship building that redeem our world and ourselves? How can we make a difference in a world so full of oppression and suffering?
Leslie has also served for four years as prison chaplain at the women’s prison at Lusk, Wyoming. Of her service with us this Sunday she says “One of the reasons fundamental Christianity is so entrenched within the American prison system is its promise of redemption. But for the other 40% who do not self-identify as Christian, what does the path to forgiveness and spiritual health look like? One of the most important responses to the spiritual needs of incarcerated individuals is found in the Principles and Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist tradition. But to find UUs as religious volunteers at a prison is very rare. Despite the work of the CLF’s prison ministry, a handful of dedicated clergy and lay volunteers, the vast majority of inmates never learn about the possibility of redemption outside of the Christian doctrine. As liberal religionists dedicated to social justice, taking the message of a free faith behind the prison walls is a responsibility we should not only welcome, but should be at the forefront of our awareness and activism.”
February 23: A Covenantal Faith: What does it mean to be in a covenant with one another? / Sarah Oglesby-DuneganServices
*Child dedication ceremony on this day; please contact Sarah if you would like your child to be included. (Children new to your family and children new to the Fellowship family are welcome.)
Led by Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan and the UUFL Social Justice Small Group Ministry members
Today’s Change for Change recipient is UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association).
February 15: “Roots of Justice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples”Services
SPECIAL WORKSHOP, Saturday February 15, 11:00AM to 1:00PM.
The Toward Right Relationship project of the Boulder Friends Meeting (Quakers) offers this workshop in response to calls from Indigenous leaders and the World Council of Churches. The 2-hour exercise traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions toward “right relationship.” We provide a Resource Kit with suggestions for continued study, reflection, and action. For more information, follow this link: Roots of Injustice Seeds of Change
We all know how settlers of European descent justified the subjugation of the Native American people who inhabited this continent for nearly 10,000 years before the settlers arrived. The concept of Manifest Destiny held that the Europe-an civilization was more “advanced” than Native American civilization, and therefore the European settlers had the right, or even the duty, to “civilize” (and also Christianize) the native population. While we may reject that notion today as quaint, and believe that the dominant society has moved beyond such a paternalistic view, Prof. Ken Chestek will suggest that Manifest Destiny is based on a much more deeply-embedded master story: the Myth of Divine Right. More troublesome, he will suggest that our modern society is still locked in the fallacies of that myth, and that it still leads us into policy mistakes today, including the concept of American Exceptionalism and our policies in the Middle East. Under-standing how this myth unconsciously affects our thinking is the first step to avoiding the problems it creates.
Pope Francis seems to be redefining the moral authority of the papacy. Eric and Susan will provide us with an informal assessment of the new pope from a Catho-lic perspective. Eric is a Professor of American Studies at UW and Susan is a retired elementary teacher. Both are Active in the Catholic community of Laramie.
Sacred and Secular Stories of Creation. Creation myths are among the most widespread form of sacred narrative. Using examples from a range of cultures, we’ll explore how these stories reflect a group’s view of the world and of itself. We’ll also look at how creation stories function in con-temporary life. New member Barbara Bogart will be presenting this service.