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Sunday, February 18, 9:15am & 11:15am
Perseverance With A Practice of Equipoise
Rev. Nan White, Guest Minister
The world in which we live is asking us to persevere in a practice that demands the ability to move gracefully through our diverse identities, rather than just raging against a chosen singular identity. Let’s discover together how such a practice becomes a spiritual practice for UU’s and how it might influence our giving.
BIO: Rev. Nan L. White, was first called to ministry in the 80’s as a Presbyterian serving congregations in the south as Minister and Director of Religious Education. In 1999 she was introduced to Unitarian Universalism and completed the process for final fellowship with the UUA in 2008.
She brings to UU’s 40 years experience in ministry where she holds a Master degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Additionally, she received a year’s training in both Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Pastoral Education.
In 2001 she began serving the UU Fellowship of Hilton Head Island as a part-time consultant minister, and a year later called as part-time minister to the UU Fellowship of Beaufort, South Carolina, which led her to become their full-time settled minister in 2007. During those years she was committed to developing multicultural relationships with the people of St. Helena Island and specifically with Penn Center. You can read her story in a new Skinner House book titled “Testimony, The Transformative Power of Unitarian Universalism” edited by Meg Riley. She also served on the General Assembly Planning Committee for two years.
In 2014 she was named Minister Emerita of the Beaufort congregation before accepting the position of Developmental Minister at the Rogue Valley UU Fellowship in Ashland, Oregon where for three years she helped shift their culture towards collaborative covenantal community focusing on the practice of right relationship while living in community.
July 1st she retired from full-time ministry and moved to Durham where she and her wife, Sam, are happily settling in to new surroundings and establishing new relationships in search of community who values life as a gift.
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: Weighing Worth: The Spirituality of Money (audio & text )
Weighing Worth: The Spirituality of Money
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
No matter who we are, no matter how much of it we have, money shapes our lives. Is it the root of all evil or a tool for good? That can depend on how we see it and the role it plays in our lives. Today we’ll wrestle with how our relationship to money shapes our spiritual lives.Click on title to continue.
Rabbi David Wolf tells a story
A boy and his father were walking along a road when they came across a large stone. “Do you think if I use all of my strength, I can move this rock?” the child asked. His father answered, “If you use all of your strength, I am sure you can do it.” The boy began to push the rock. Exerting himself as much as he could, he pushed and pushed. The rock did not move. Discouraged, he said to his father, “You were wrong. I can’t do it.” His father put his arm around the boy’s shoulder and said, “No son. You didn’t use all your strength – you didn’t ask me to help.”Click on title to continue.
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