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Denise’s Daring Daydreams 04/04/19

Frederick  Buechner, an American writer and theologian said “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”  Sharif Abdullah, author of Creating a World That Works For All took Buechner’s statement went a bit deeper.  Sharif said, “Where is your terror?  There lies the direction of your compassion.” 

I know the first time I read that statement, it felt a bit larger than it does today.  I was just beginning to understand the words at a deeper level – and then comes Fred Rogers and the movie, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 

There were several of us who experienced the movie together.  At the end of the time there were tears and lots of discussion about what we had seen, heard and felt.  Mr. Rogers was such a kind person who believed in sharing goodness and love with everyone he met. 

Fred was not wearing rose colored glasses and he believed that part of what was lacking in our world was love or the lack thereof.  He believed necessity is the mother of invention and in saying that shared this quote:

“Sometimes we need to struggle

with the tragedy

to feel

the gravity of love.”

 Join us on Sunday morning as myself and some of the youth give us an experience of the Yin & Yang of Transformation.  Our own Ryan Gill will be sharing special music and our young people will be sharing “Youth Who Have Made A Difference.”  These are stories about young people who experienced a tragedy or loss and used that tragedy to create more love in the world. 

Interested? . . . . .I definitely hope so.  It’s going to take each of us to turn this thing around.

Rev. Denise

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 03/28/19

The Good Samaritan story is one of those stories from the Bible that is very familiar and has been used in many Sunday Talks over the years.  A man traveling on a dangerous road, is beat up and left for dead.  Two men walk by that should have stopped to assist but did not choose to help.  Then one comes by that shouldn’t care but does – simple and easy to understand right? 

Maybe that’s it, and maybe there’s more to the story than that.  Have you ever really wondered where our responsibility lies when it comes to our neighbors?  What about those people who are not your neighbors – those pesky “enemies.”  Oh I forgot – we are “unitics” and don’t have enemies – or do we? 
Would you stop to help someone in need that you don’t even like or someone who has in the past been known to treat you “less than?”  What did Jesus the Master Teacher really mean when he shared the parable with the lawyer who asked the question, “Who is my neighbor?”
What if you had to turn the question inside out and answer who has been a neighbor to you?  Who has reached a hand out to you when you were in a place of need?  Who stopped their busy lives to assist you?
Join us Sunday as we complete our lessons on Justice Mercy and Humility.  Voices of Unity will again be in the house to share amazing music that will inspire us.  Remember that we will also share the movie, Won’t You Be My Neighbor at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon.   I look forward to our time together.  

It’s time to look at life from both sides now,

Rev. Denise