The Christmas season is one of hope and love but also one of giving and accumulating "things". In Dickens' Sketches by Boz readers are introduced to the middle classes of Victorian England through the items found in resale shops. Lets examine what the literary device of the object story can teach us about untold stories from overlooked legs of our journeys. Nasreen Khan guest preaching.
The All Souls Choir presents its annual holiday program. This year's service features music for brass and chorus, including American composer Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata. Pinkham served the Unitarian Church for 42 years as the organist for King's Chapel in Boston, Massachusetts. All Souls welcomes a brass quintet from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and organist Justin Stahl.
In biblical literature and within the Star Wars narrative we seek that those perceived as the underdog triumph over militarily stronger (and often imperialistic) adversaries. Let's review how David, Jesus, and Luke strategically approached their fights, and what we might want to think about as we consider American democracy. Rev. Anastassia preaching.
Few hero narratives (other than Harry Potter!) have been part of the common lexicon in the United States over the past 40 years as much as those in the Bible and those found within the Star Wars movies. Both texts help us ponder our humanity: where we find hope, what corrupts us, what saves us, is there justice, and what we make of redemption. In this season of anticipation (of The Rise of Skywalker on Dec. 20 and of Christmas), come let us reflect as we prepare for the world that is yet to be. Join us Dec 1, 8, and 15 for our The Force Is With Us series.
In this final Winnie-the-Pooh service, Rabbit desires to teach Tigger a lesson. Come join these lovable characters as they grapple with life being uncomfortable, confusing, even unfair - just as many of our own days are. What can Rabbit, Pooh, and Tigger teach us about navigating the more complex moments of life? Come enjoy this multigenerational community, and invite a dear one.
"The Community of 100 Acre Woods": The Winnie-the-Pooh stories and characters remind us that, though they represent deep and nuanced philosophical traditions, what is abidingly true is that they are a community. In this weeks sotry, we will learn alongside the characters how to respond when a birthday (Eeyore's of course!) is forgotten. All ages are welcome in this service. Please consider bringing a friend or family member to experience the Winnie-the-Pooh charm with you.
Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead): During this multigenerational service we will honor the lives of our loved ones who have died. You are invited to bring a photo or a small memento to place on our ofrenda during our time of celebration. With Rev. Anastassia and the All Souls Choir.
"Time to Disconnect and Reconnect": The expectation that we will regularly check-in via our cell phones and social media has become ubiquitous and its poor health effects have been documented. How can practices of Sabbath help us establish preservative boundaries in our lives? What will such practices make available to us? How can we become connected by disconnecting?
In 1907, Dr. Frank Scott Corey Wicks, All Souls' longest serving minister, delivered a sermon “Good Men In Hell”, that was reprinted the next day in the Indianapolis Star and published and reprinted by the American Unitarian Association over thirty times. It was among the most widely circulated Unitarian sermons, and posited the idea that the Unitarian mandate was to go to troubled places and be with troubled people. Where would we go and whom would we be with if we lived this mandate today? Rev. Anastassia preaching.
In 1819, William Ellery Channing claimed the slur "Unitarian", proclaiming distinct theological sources and establishing the grounding propositions of Unitarianism. 200 years later, how can we recenter Channing's message? What is our radical and real message to our times? Rev. Anastassia preaching.
This month we will explore the big theological ideas in Unitarian Universalism by returning to some of the most famous sermons, but the ideas that matter are the ones that are most central to our own ordinary and extraordinary lives. Come hear some of our All Souls members share the theological tenets that mean the most to them, and how they are in their lives.
On this Ingathering Sunday, we will come together as one community, formed from all the living generations, to bless each other through our water communion. As we begin our series “Let Justice Roll Down,” we will consider how the justice-making that we do collectively ought to begin with blessing, forgiveness, commitment, and love. Children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to be blessed as they head into a new school year. All are invited to bring some water from a favorite local swimming hole, a kitchen faucet, or somewhere they've been this summer. Featuring Rev. Anastassia and the All Souls Choir.
The first Father's Day was a sombre event. It was held as a pastoral response to the Monogah Mining Disaster, which killed 361 men and 250 fathers in West Virginia. Today, we honor the sacrifice of fathers and all the fathering we have received and given.
Memorial Day has its origins in the United States when Americans began honoring those who died on both sides of the Civil War. America is again in a period of deep division. How can this holiday encourage us to see value in those who sacrifice themselves not only for what they believe in, but also for those who hold significantly different values? Sermon beginning at 31:40.
Once we have seen the world and savored its beauty, then we know we are called to save it, both for itself and for ourselves. Let us dedicate ourselves to saving this earth.
Ralph Waldo Emerson recognized that the world is meant to be savored and we are designed to savor it. Why is the act of savoring essential for our spiritual lives?