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Sunday, April 23, 9:15 & 11:15am
Joy Berry, Director of Lifespan Religious Education and Sharon VanDyke
Each of us has experienced a time of not knowing, when we cannot see the path ahead or imagine our next move. Such times of inertia and doubt can lead to despair. But Nature gives us examples of the value of these ‘fermata’ times, threshold moments, and liminal spaces. In them, individuals, communities, and societies transform below the surface: into what is needed next, for the challenges we will face.
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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Sermon: What is Required ll (audio and text)
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Rev. mark Ward, Lead Minister
What is required of us and our movement to make it the agent of change that it hopes to be? I asked this question last fall from the perspective of our Universalist heritage. This week I’ll ask the same question from our Unitarian side, centering on a ritual that is unique to this heritage, the Flower Ceremony. So, please bring a flower next Sunday to be part of our congregational bouquet.
The Flower Ceremony is a ritual that originated in our Unitarian heritage, a moment to honor the beauty and integrity of every person as well as the amazing diversity of belief, origin and identity of people represented in our faith tradition. At its center is a bouquet that we as a congregation create during worship made up of flowers that we bring to worship. So, please plan to bring a flower with you when you come to worship Sunday. It can be as showy or as humble as you like – a roadside wildflower is as welcome as the showiest rose. See you Sunday! Click on title to continue.
Make a bit of room. Leave a little space. That may not sound like anything radical or revolutionary. But it turns out that it is one of Life’s favorite ways to make us into something new.
Be cautious with those cultural messages about aggressively tilling and turning up your whole soil. Watch out for all the heroic talk about striving and perfecting, struggle and control. Much of the time, transformation is a much subtler art. It’s about stillness, listening and waiting to be led, not fighting with yourself and others to make sure you are in the lead. Click on title to continue.
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