Though few of us live frequent physical danger, fear—from creepy crawlies to possible major disaster—is still part of being human. From creepy crawlies to disasters, through story and metaphor, this morning we’ll consider what we gain when we look closely at what frightens us.
Holidays are often a time when peace is hard to find, yet we all play an essential “piece” in "keeping the peace" with our relatives, families, friends and ourselves. What are the elements that make for peaceful interactions? What spiritual resources can we draw upon? The Junior Choir will join us today to sing Gaudeamus Hodie. We welcome gifts of homemade bread loaves from your ethnic tradition to share during and after the service. Bring a can of food, as non-perishable food donations will also be collected. The Social Action Offering today will be given to the Cleveland Food Bank.
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Whenever we consider the theme of peace, I am haunted by the ghost of our 19th century Universalist spiritual ancestor, Adin Ballou. He haunts me not just because of his deep personal commitment to peacemaking as a lifestyle, but because he makes me wonder whether and how we can know whether the moral stands and choices that are important to us can ever make a difference.
"If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes." ~Luke 19:41-43.
This month's theme "Peace" begins with a sermon that reflects not on the large global issues of world peace, but the smaller, individual decisions that affect our peace of mind. Often, the things that make for peace are right there in front of us—how is that we can't see them? How we deal with those decisions can, and do, have an affect on the broader landscape of peace.