Using personal narrative and attention to recent socio-political developments, special guest Dr. Anthony Pinn explores the manner in which the current historical moment speaks to the continued troubling nature of difference in the United States. Through the lens of humanism, and the insights of key commentators on American life, such as W. E. B. Du Bois as well as the sensibilities of the blues, this talk reflects on ways to think about the ethical challenges facing as well as what we might anticipate as the outcome of struggle for change.
Anthony B. Pinn received his BA from Columbia University, Master of Divinity and PhD in the study of religion from Harvard University. He is currently the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion at Rice University. Pinn is the founding director of the Center for Engaged Re-search and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) also at Rice University. Pinn’s research interests include religion and culture, humanism, and hip hop culture. He is the author/editor of over 35 books, including, "The Black Church in the Post-Civil Rights Era" (2002), "Terror and Triumph: The Nature of Black Religion" (2003), "Noise and Spirit: Rap Music’s Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities" (2004), and the novel, "The New Disciples" (2015). Pinn is also director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies, a Washington DC-based think tank.
In order to clearly articulate our church’s mission, we need to try to discern answers to life’s ultimate questions like: What does it mean to be human? What ideals should I strive for? How can we create a more wholesome future for our children? Rev. Bruce Russell-Jayne will relate a framing of what UUs believe by the Rev. David Bumbaugh, UU Humanist hero.
Rev. Russell-Jayne served UU churches in Ohio, Utah, and Illinois, and as a Chaplain at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He and his wife Cece live in Carmel near their daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren. He volunteers as Treasurer for Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, which helps congregations combat Global Warming by conserving energy and generating solar power.
During this service, led by Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, we will honor the transitions and celebrations in the lives of our members through poetry and naming. Help us mark births, transitions into or out of membership at All Souls, and deaths.
Rev. McNeill currently serves as the Director of Children and Family Ministries at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Bloomington. She is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School.
Special guest Jeff Rasley will describe the development of the Basa Village Foundation and what he has learned about creating a meaningful life from the Rai people of Basa village, Nepal.
Jeff Rasley is the author of ten books; the most recent is "Polarized! The Case for Civility in the Time of Trump." He is the author of over 80 published articles. Rasley practiced law for thirty years in Indianapolis and was admitted to the US Supreme Court Bar. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Indiana University School of Law, and Christian Theological Seminary. Rasley is founder of the Basa Village Foundation and is liaison for the Nepal-based Himalayan expedition company Adventure GeoTreks, Ltd. Rasley serves as an officer or director for six non-profit organizations.
This season is about bringing more hope and justice into a bleak, cold world that so needs light and love. The journey towards the beloved community is long and we must seek sustenance on our way. Join us to celebrate this journey by exploring this season's lessons in word and song. Rev. Elizabeth, our Justice and Outreach Minister, will lead our service.
During the winter holidays, I hear of many lights. Hanukkah flames, the Yule log, solstice rituals that balance light and dark, and lights on trees inside and out, houses, wreathes and Advent candles. Today, that other great light from the Christmas legends, the star which the planetarium might say was a conjunction of planets, but to the Romans and Greeks who originally heard the story, would have appeared to be a rather horrific event. Come hear the wonderful preacher Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini unpack what this message this morning.
Rev. Dr. Belletini is the Minister Emeritus of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus OH. He served our congregations in Hayward and San Francisco CA before that. He was in the first wave of open and out GLBTQ ministers in the UUA, ordained in 1979.
Our Unitarian ancestors understood better than we do now how much our early American Republic borrowed from English legal and cultural systems that were fundamentally about classism and resistant to democracy. Come hear Rev. Anastassia share some of Henry Thoreau’s political philosophy, and how this it is still relevant to today.
We so rarely talk about how our bodies die, and the spiritual and personal concerns that accompany this final chapter to life. What are the pressing human and spiritual questions that accompany this stage? How do we accompany someone into death? How can our endings be times of love not eradication?