Many of us meet the Transcendentalists in literature classes. We think of Thoreau, Emerson, and Concord: of individualism and nature. Yet most Transcendentalists were Unitarian church people: activists for anti-slavery, women’s rights, and social reform. They developed and maintained spiritual friendships that transcended differences in social location, gender, class, ideology, and race – all because they recognized that my full flourishing as a human being is tied up with yours. Special Music: Jim Stevens, folk guitar
The great Unitarian Universalist theologian, James Luther Adams, articulated five principles (“Five Smooth Stones”) that defined religious liberalism. In this first of a series, we’ll look at the profoundly transformative idea that truth continues to be revealed and that the future, therefore, holds more to discover. Special Music: Margaret Davis and Kristoph, harp and guitar
Today’s entire offering collection will be donated to Hotel de Zink.
Small things can make a big difference. We’ll reflect on the ways someone has changed your whole day and maybe even your life by something that probably seemed quite small to them. And of course, we’ll open to ways that we can be that small and dramatic change for others. Music: Lewis Santer and Valerie Rose Price
The second of Frank Ostaseski’s five invitations asks us to welcome aspects of experience we are inclined to push away.
Music: Mayo Tsuzuki and Richard Heydt, singers