The Church of the Larger Fellowship, a unique congregation of 3,500 that only meets in person at General Assembly, celebrates the installation of its new Senior Minister, Meg Riley. This sermon, delivered by Rev. Nate Walker of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, speaks of the saving message of Unitarian Universalism.
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It is a moral imperative to train social justice leaders how to mindfully harness the generative power of the imagination – to see the world through the eyes of another. This interactive and spiritually nurturing workshop will empower social justice leaders to use the moral imagination to achieve true transformation. ~ Rev. Nate Walker offered this presentation on Saturday, 25 June 2011 at the General Assembly of Unitarian Universalist Congregations.
Unitarian Laura Matilda Towne, a white woman, established the first school for freed slaves months after the Civil War began. After her death in 1901, the Penn School continued as a beacon for racial justice. How did the abolitionist ministry of Priestly and Furness influence Towne? How does her story influence us? ~ Panel Presentation delivered on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.
“If we really want to build a progressive, prophetic religion then we must be the ethical agenda-setters of our time. We cannot solely base our public actions on the reactions to conservative agendas. We need to rise up and make a bold and clear stance by saying that religious oppression, religious exclusion, and religious violence are illegitimate - period.”
“We are saved when we stop giving new answers to old questions,” says Reverend Nate Walker of the First Unitaria...
Three stories of faith reveal how it is natural for us to use our brain to make meaning of our lives. What’s the science behind belief? Is there a physiological explanation for why humans throughout time have developed creeds and dogma? Is it natural for us to express our values and if so, why? What does science have to say about why people turn to religion? Do humans rely on belief systems during certain times of their lives more than others? If so, why? What happens when those beliefs are chal...
Are we destined to love only one person? Is there such a thing as a single Soul Mate? Or could it be that love comes in many forms and changes over time? Some people experience that evolving love with one person over a lifetime, others experience different kinds of love with different people. Reverend Nate’s Valentine’s sermon will reflect upon the nature of love and how it is manifested in intimate relationships.
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We need not wait for some future increase in non-western religions for the United States to face the complexities of diversity, because the problem of governing pluralism has always existed and will continue into the future. What is changing is our awareness that the United States is and will continue to be a nation of religious minorities.
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