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Sunday, March 29, 9:15 & 11:15am
“The Elephant in the Room”
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
This Sunday, the “Before I Die” wall (an interactive public art project that invites people to share their personal aspirations in public space) will be set up for participation at UUCA. Join Rev. Lisa and the Pastoral Visitors as we launch a special new initiative around health care decision making.
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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Black Lives Matter (text & audio)
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
We are now only a few weeks past the latest round of national elections. And amid the tally of winners and losers is the ongoing rumination over the direction of our political life. I’ll admit to being among those feeling discouraged by the results this year, though I try to find comfort in the observation that American politics tends to follow the path of a pendulum, swinging one way before inexorably turning the other. I’m hoping for a turn. You may feel the other way. That’s the kind of dynamic tension we live in, something that’s been true since our nation’s founding. And still, despite all of that, there is something holds us together. Click on the title to continue reading and/or to listen.
When did we decide that resilience was a solo project?
It's not that we ever consciously decided that this was the case. It's just what we've been taught. The dominant culture around us may be well intended, but it takes us down the wrong path. "Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps," it says. "You're stronger than you think." "If it first you don't succeed, try, try again.” This is how resilience is most often framed: It's all about individual mental toughness and inner strength. Click on the title (RESILIENCE) to continue reading...
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