One of the greatest gifts of Unitarian Universalism is its openness to different spiritual beliefs and perspectives. Yet this very strength can also pose challenges, particularly when people with such varied beliefs and backgrounds gather on Sunday mornings. “God” language in particular can be problematic – in both its use and lack of use.
Rev. Stephen Landale
We begin the new year exploring the two pillars of our faith: “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” and “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part” – the first and last of the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism. We welcome this seasoned UU minister and hospice chaplain back to our pulpit.
Given the deep divisions in our nation and all the violence recently in the news, Rev. Stephen Landale has changed his topic on Sunday, Nov. 11, heeding wisdom expressed by J.R.R. Tolkien’s character, Gandalf, in The Lord of the Rings: “Even the Wise Cannot See All Ends…” He will tailor his message to the election results, and whatever may befall in the coming week. Steve says he keeps Tolkien’s books next to his Bible, at home, up in Eugene.
Rev. Landale will reflect on sacred places in our lives – in nature, literature, and even those we co-create, using his own experiences.
We often sing the virtues of community – of what Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned as “The Beloved Community” yet the reality of our community reflects the reality of ourselves: with brokenness as well as wholeness. How do we co-create Beloved Community even when it, and we, are already broken? Our pulpit guest has been a hospice chaplain in Corvallis and Eugene for the past six years, following a dozen years serving UU congregations.