Feb 3: Stone Thrower or Stone Catcher? - Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees and Ebee Bromley, Director of Religious Education and Director of Music
Law Professor Bryan Stevenson, in his book Just Mercy calls us to catch stones rather than cast them. And Carol Caouette in her song "Stonecatcher" sings that "One morning I woke up and I knew what to do. I'd catch all the stone that everyone threw." This morning we'll consider the values that call us to be stone throwers and stone catchers based on the biblical story of "David and Goliath" and the "Five Smooth Stones" of UU Minister James Luther Adams.
Feb 10: Deeper Than the Skin - Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway, Special Guests, and Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees, worship leader
Born three days apart, ancestry flowing through the same portal of History, Richmond, VA, Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are on a pilgrimage that began three decades ago. The racial divisions that are the American reality started them in two different worlds, but the amazing bonds of music, respect, admiration, and shared vision brought them together as friends and colleagues. Their musical and spiritual blooming has become Deeper Than The Skin, a telling of their stories through words and music about how to build bridges and face struggle with hope, and even joy.
Reggie and Greg have been professional entertainers for over 30 years. Race is a common theme in their music, evidenced in nearly 25 CDs as solos, as Kim and Reggie Harris, and Brother Sun. Reggie is the Music Education Director for the Living Legacy Project. Kim and Reggie Harris and Brother Sun were the music for “Marching in the Arc of Justice,” the UU conference in Birmingham's 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting Rights Action. Greg, with Brother Sun, was the music and an integral part of the opening service for the Providence General Assembly. Reggie has led workshops on Race and is a beloved citizen of the Folk Music community. Greg’s song “Rosa Parks” could be heard for the first two years opening www.rosaparks.com
Feb 17: Trusting Yourself - Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees
This morning we'll explore how to overcome self-doubt. Is it best to take a leap of faith or baby steps? How can we overcome our fears and flex our "I believe in myself" muscles?
Feb 24: Moments that Cry out to be Fulfilled - Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees
Mary Oliver writes that "there are moments that cry out to be fulfilled." Oliver was describing moments when we set aside caution because what we do might save a life, might save our own lives, or the planet. Today we'll reflect on what those moments are in our individual lives and in our church.