Sunday, August 20, 10am (Single Service Sunday)
In the Midst of it All
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
These days, it feels like everything around us is changing so fast we can’t keep up. At the same time, here at church, we continue to clarify our values & purpose. We are in the middle of a great deal of change in this community. How do we stay on track, optimize our efficiency, and keep ourselves grounded and focused? No guarantee that you’ll find an answer in this sermon, but there will be helpful tools and strategies shared.
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: An Awakening: What Oliver Sacks Teaches About Life, Love, and Gratitude (audio only)
Sharon VanDyke, Worship Leader
Oliver Sacks was a brilliant British neurologist, whose writings about the brain and human consciousness touched the lives of his readers in ways deep and profound. His case studies were published in books with titles like ‘The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat,’ and his work served as in inspiration for opera, theatre, even Hollywood. There is an element of the sacred in Science, and Oliver Sacks nailed it every time. In this service, we will explore his life and focus on his last book, simply entitled Gratitude, which allows a glimpse into the mind of a brilliant mind at the end of life. Bring tissues. Click on title to continue.
“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