Like so many other things in 2020, the unfolding election results have led many if not most of us to be on edge, giving us plenty of reasons to worry and plenty of reasons to hope. 2020 “Election Day” has become “Election Week” and could become “Election Months” with litigation. This on top of the Covid-19 pandemic worsening, and more. What are our spiritual resources at this time, as individuals, families, and communities? What are some of the sources of resilience and renewal of our country? Rev. Stephen Landale, hospice chaplain from Eugene, will lead this exploration.
Rev. Stephen Landale
During this time of pandemic AND social unrest AND now wildfires raging all around – all in a context of we’re-heading-over-a-cliff Climate Change AND eroding trust in the pillars of Democracy – with ALL OF THIS HAPPENING it is easy to experience fear, anxiety, depression, anger, and something not named often enough: Despair. But when we allow ourselves to experience these feelings fully in the right context, we open ourselves up to a heartfelt, passionate, deep knowing of our interconnectedness and our own capacities to be flow-throughs for restoration, recovery, healing, and even joy. Rev. Stephen Landale, hospice chaplain from Eugene, returns to preach on some of the early writing and teachings of Dr. Joanna Macy, Buddhist, systems theorist, and groundbreaking root teacher of Despair and Empowerment Work, now called “The Work that Reconnects.”
(note: Rev. Landale originally scheduled for this date a sermon on Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Without Mediator or Veil” but decided that the once-again unusual circumstances dictated that this topic be punted again).
As John Lewis, the great civil rights champion and voice of conscience in Congress, is laid to rest this weekend, we’ll explore the teachings of Jesus that illuminated Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement.
We are at a pivotal moment in history, and the application (or not) of Nonviolence may make all the difference. You may find it transformative in your personal life as well. Stephen returns to our pulpit from Eugene, where he is a hospice chaplain.
This service gives us an opportunity to practice compassion, with two guided meditations, inspired by Buddhist and Christian teachings. For one of them, you are invited to hold onto a hand-sized stone…so please gather one prior to the service. A blunt, heavy, hand-sized replacement is fine. Rev. Stephen draws his accompanying message from his experiences in a Vipassana (Insight) Buddhist meditation retreat, hospice spiritual care, Christian scripture, and his childhood. A frequent preacher with us, he is completing his eighth year as a hospice chaplain and has served as a full-time UU parish minister for eleven years.
During this pandemic, we’re experiencing individual and family changes. We’ll turn to the work of William Bridges, author of Transitions, for guidance, as well as colorful examples of characters who did (or did not) respond to cataclysmic changes.
Our building is closed during the Covid-19 pandemic, but we’re live streaming our Sunday services via Zoom. Please begin checking in at 10:15.
Use this link to sign in, experience, and participate from your computer, tablet or cell phone: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/176735758
To dial in by phone:
Call (669) 900-9128, then enter meeting ID: 176 735 758
Using Thomas Moore’s Care of the Soul as a guide, we’ll explore how to be not fixers of problems but gardeners of the soul. Stephen’s message for us is informed by his work as a hospice chaplain. We welcome him back.
Come Sunday, oh come Sunday, that’s the day” (Duke Ellington) Why do we gather on Sunday mornings? What needs are being met – or could be? The day following a workshop on this subject, Stephen will share what he heard from participants and what he’s learned from a dozen years of UU parish ministry.
Children’s RE Today.
Rev. Stephen Landale returns to our pulpit to channel the hopeful, lyrical, and ultimately challenging message of a lovely sermon from 1828, William Ellery Channing’s “Likeness to God”. Channing is best known as the father of American Unitarianism. (Team 1)
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.
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.