Sunday, June 25, 10am (Single Service Sunday)
Sustaining the Creative Spark: From Childhood to Adulthood
James Cassara, Worship Associate
A continuation of a talk presented last year, artist and arts educator James Cassara will explore the intersection between creativity and the “real world”, looking at ways in which we can sustain and nurture the creative spark in a world that often seems far too busy and chaotic. This will be an interactive experiment; a pair of canvases will be set up during the service, with open invitations to come down and add your own individual ideas to what James has begun. For some it may be the first time in years they’ve applied paints-which will be provided-to a surface beyond the walls of their house. Plans for the completed works are still be to determined but they will find a home that appreciates and supports them. Come ready to be gently nudged out of your safety zone!
Rev. Ward offers spiritual leadership and a pastoral presence for the congregation and is chiefly responsible for its worship life. He also acts as chief of staff and oversees management of the congregation’s ministries. He was called as Lead Minister of UUCA in 2004.
To read Rev. Ward’s biography, click here.
Rev. Bovee-Kemper oversees the congregation’s pastoral, social justice, and membership ministries, working with the Lead Minister to provide a pastoral presence for the congregation. She works with the Earth & Social Justice Ministry to advocate and witness on issues of importance to the congregation, including hunger in Buncombe County, full equality for LGBTQ persons, and fair treatment for migrants. She also leads worship monthly. Rev. Lisa was hired as Assistant Minister of UUCA in 2011 and was called as our Associate Minister in 2014.
To read Rev. Bovee-Kemper’s biography, click here.
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Service: Compassionate Father: Reclaiming the Mystical Divine Masculine (no audio or text)
June 18, 2017 10am
Rabbi Justin Goldstein
In honor of Father’s Day, we will reflect on the attributes and characteristics of the Divine
Masculine in the Jewish mystical tradition and explore ways every one of us can find opportunities to explore and embody these traits.
Rabbi Justin Goldstein has served Congregation Beth Israel since 2014. Deeply committed to pluralism and egalitarianism in all forms, Justin is proud to be a fellow with Rabbis Without Borders and was recently named one of the Most Inspiring Rabbis of 2016 by the historic newspaper, The Jewish Daily Forward.
“In my own worst seasons I’ve come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window. And then another: my daughter in a yellow dress. And another: the perfect outline of a full, dark sphere behind the crescent moon. Until I learned to be in love with my life again. Like a stroke victim retraining new parts of the brain to grasp lost skills, I have taught myself joy, over and over again.”
- Barbara Kingsolver Click on title to read more.
(S) Sanctuary, (SH) Sandburg Hall, (RE) Religious Education Classrooms, (JH) Jefferson House, (23) 23 Edwin Place