Collective Joy
by Reverend Colin Bossen

November 27, 2011

Collective joy may just be the most dangerous idea in America. Wild dancing. unruly mobs, riots nd other images of masses of people moving with unbridled passion are often represented as threatening or even terrifying. Yet they can also represent something else, the possibility of a new world breaking forth. Which are they? And how shall we best understand collective joy?

Reverend Colin Bossen, UU Society of Cleveland

Postlude: Now Thank We All Our God, Russell Schultz-Widmar

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Thankful for Human Rights
by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

November 20, 2011

This Sunday we remember the convictions of religious freedom in the American Thanksgiving story and make a commitment to help the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in its work to advance human rights and social justice around the world. The Inter-generational Choir will join us to sing New Day Coming.

The Social Action Offering today will be given to the Cleveland Foodbank. The mission of the food-bank is to alleviate hunger by providing food and support to community organizations that feed the hungry. They supply a majority of the food used in local hot meal sites, shelters, and food pantries. In addition, they provide food to child care centers, group homes, and programs for the elderly. Please bring a can of food as non-perishable food donations will also be collected.

With Kathy Strawser, Director Lifespan Faith Development

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Sent Forth and Called Home
by Reverend Beth Marshall

November 13, 2011

Words such as humanitarian, social reformer, teacher and Samaritan come to mind when describing the life of Dorothea Dix. This morning, she will visit from the 19th century, sharing her story first person. Her work with the mentally ill transformed their care and continues to influence social work today.

Reverend Beth Marshall, First Unitarian Church of Toledo

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Guilty As Charged
by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

November 6, 2011

If you were to be convicted, what would you be convicted for doing? Thinking? Saying? The moment of being convicted is one of the great moments in Christian spiritual formation, but not one we Unitarian Universalists talk of much. We talk about the fruits - the personal convictions that follow. How do we live into these moments of being convicted and live out our convictions?

The Social Action Offering this morning will be given to the Greater Cleveland Congregations, a new coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice. GCC unites people across lines of race, class, religion and geography to promote public, private and civic sector actions which strengthen and improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods.

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