The Mountain That Moved

January 26, 2014

by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz with
Kathy Strawser, Director of Lifespan Faith Development

What would it take to move a mountain? In this morning's story The Mountain that Loved A Bird we'll explore the give and take of relationships and the balance of doing what’ s best both for “me” and for “us.” The Junior Choir will sing Go Down Moses” at both services.

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Opening music is played in it's entirety at the end of the recording.

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The New Jim Crow

January 19, 2014

by Reverend
Kathleen Rolenz

Michelle Alexander’s book, “The New Jim Crow,” makes the argument that the current mass levels of incarceration of African Americans have created a permanent second class system. Dr. King’s last speech “I’ve Been to the Mountain” denounces the insidious forces of racism that create poverty and reinforce the class structures in American society today. If Dr. King were to come down from that mountain-top today, what would he see regarding race and class in America now? The Outreach Offering will benefit the Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America.

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Sex, Power and Addiction

January 12, 2014

by Reverend
Wayne Arnason

We don’t preach about sex very often, but there’s no doubt that mutually consenting and loving sexual experiences are the most common and accessible “mountain top moments” for human beings. Sadly, the powerful role that sex has in our lives means that it has been widely commercialized and marketed. Is there an ethical continuum of judgment that runs from billboard advertising to internet porn to human trafficking? Are we all addicted to sex at some level and is that why sex is so easy to exploit? The Outreach Offering will be received for The Renee Jones Empowerment Center for their programs to eliminate human trafficking.

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Taking the Mountain Top with You

January 5, 2014

by Intern Minister
Matthew McHale

Have you ever had one of those mountaintop moments— moments of transcendence, mystical experiences, or mo-ments of clarity when everything snaps into focus? These moments can be life changing, and then like that they are gone, and all that is left is a hazy memory. As we leave the literal or proverbial mountaintop and head back to our daily lives, and into the valley of stress, or anger, or fear, or sor-row, where we can’t even see the mountaintop, how we can draw upon those moments of peace, connection or clarity? The Free Spirit Band will be playing for this service.


The opening music is played in it's entirety at the end of the recording.
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