What do we really know and how do we know? I used to think that the agnostic was a person who was copping out, who couldn't make a commitment, who dodged religious questions. Now I think differently. Our worship focus on the "web of life" invites us to take a new look at how faith may be something that agnostics can teach us all to better understand.
We will celebrate Earth Day by exploring how creatures find their own place in the world. How do we know what our role is in the web of life? What do we do once we figure it out? What can we learn from chickens, rabbits, mermaids, and ourselves about each being’s place on this planet? What is our responsibility for caring and protecting Mother Earth?
In the human experience, the body is the center of our existence. The body is the home of our births, lives, and deaths. The body is the home of our emotional and spiritual selves. Our bodies are the sacred vessels with which we engage our own souls, the people around us, and the blue marble on which we sail. What can our bodies tell us about the nature of our world and of divinity? What is your body telling you?
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When Romel Joseph lay entombed beneath the rubble of his music school in Haiti, he wondered if he would ever live to play music again or see his children. When Jesus lay in his tomb, his friends and followers believed that all their hopes had died with him. What happens to both of these men is resurrection of the body, mind and spirit. Easter Sunday will celebrate the new hope that is in reach for all of us. Social Action Offering will benefit the Restoration of New Orleans, where an intergenerational crew of West Shore members will be volunteering this week.