There are lots of great Holiday songs out there, but one of my favorites may seem an unlikely candidate, Imagine, by John Lennon. Not only does it ask us to envision all that we hope for during the Holiday season, but the songwriter’s personal history reminds us what it takes to help make our dreams come true.
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof
We live in a time when it has become taboo to empathize or associate with those our “tribe” disagrees with, whichever side of the ideological spectrum we’re on. This may be rooted in the loss of civics training and civility in our society during the past decades. In this sermon we’ll consider why it is still important to associate with those we differ with, even if doing so displeases some.
Sunday services is live streamed. Click Watch Services. Liberalism has long been defined by its aversion to authority, which is why it values the democratic principle of everyone having a voice in how they are governed. Yet today, rather than flourishing, democracy is being diminished by extremism on both the right and the left. In this sermon, we’ll focus on our historic commitment to preserving and promoting the distribution of power and the freedom of dissent.
Rev. Eklof is off. We will not have a guest speaker at this time due to COVID-19 but will have a recommended service from our online archive.
Sunday service is live streamed. Click Watch Services. There is rising pressure these days to think and act like everyone else, or else. Because of a false idea of what equality means, individuals are increasingly expected to all arrive at the finish line at the same time. “Everyone is a winner,” which also means everyone loses. How do we look more deeply into what it means to be a society in which equity and equality prevail?
Sunday Service is live streamed. Click Watch Services. As communities and societies become more rigid and puritanical, it become difficult, if not dangerous, to openly maintain and express one’s autonomy. In this sermon, we’ll explore this trend in today’s world, and consider why we must remain committed to the principles of individuality and freedom of expression.
Sunday Service is live streamed. Click Watch Services. It is often said “the ends don’t justify the means.” This is especially so when the means to our ends are other human beings. Yet, throughout human history, masses of individuals have been exploited to benefit a few others. In this sermon, we will explore why it is categorically imperative that we fashion a society in which all people are able to flourish.
We’re excited about this singular opportunity to participate in an online (Zoom) service with our friends at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Salem (also UUCS) to hear a special message from the courageous and controversial writer, Irshad Manji, author of The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith (2003) and Don’t Label Me: How to Do Diversity without Inflaming the Culture Wars, among other works. Manji has suffered the consequences of both her courageous and compassionate voice that truly speaks in the name of inclusion and our common humanity. To view the YouTube video of this service click on the title then follow the link.
Rev. Eklof is off. We will not have a guest speaker at this time due to COVID-19. Rev. Eklof recommends Channeling Your Inner Therapist: Techniques for Self Care and Fulfillment service from our online archive. Or you can browse the church YouTube channel to make your own choice from archived services.