The Rev. Kent McKusick is the guest speaker today: Laughter is a healing spiritual practice. Laughter yoga was developed and shared as a practice in the 1990s. Experience laughter without the benefit of humor, jokes or comedy. As the Rev. Linda Anderson tells us, “Laughter ... affects our bodies, our minds, our emotions and our spirits in a healing, connecting, and health-promoting way. Laughter is a spiritual practice. Cultivating a sense of humor in response to life is something we can choose to do. When I laugh, I feel happy. I can forgive myself and others more easily when I can laugh at myself. ... When I can laugh I can lighten the blues and feel less isolated. If I muster up some humor I feel stronger, more competent and capable of weathering what life has to offer.”
We mark dads and grads and LGBT Pride AND they all have a common strain — being superheroes.
Join Rev. DeBeck and Jenny Peek, a newly graduated holder of a Masters Degree in Divinity, for this special sermon duet. Some people are in our lives but for a time; these two ministers lift up the sacredness of relationship.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. There are silver linings, gifts and blessings to having conditions that have formerly been seen as diseases, and to having people in our lives with these special traits.
On Mother’s Day, Rev. DeBeck tells us what she thinks of the idea that a woman/mother can or cannot “have it all” any more than a man/father could.
Our minister emeritus, Gordon Gibson, will be sharing with us some of what he learned in thinking through and writing his book published last year about southern Unitarians and Universalists in the civil rights era. Their concerns began well before the rest of the nation briefly took an interest in Selma, Ala., and their concerns and work continued on beyond Selma.
The ethical Jesus lived his faith by embracing "passion" (Latin for "suffering") even to his own death. People all throughout history have died for the dream of liberation (a resurrection of sorts, in new life). Intern minister Jenny Peek considers the story of Easter through our Unitarian Universalist perspective.
Becki Clayborn, mass mobilizations program manager for the Sierra Club in Madison, Wis., and daughter of members Ken and Joan Clayborn, will speak about how the largest climate rally in history -- the People's Climate March in New York City -- played a key role in fostering a revival in social movements across the county.
Sharon Kniss, a peacebuilding specialist from South Bend who works as an independent consultant for Cooperative by Design and as program director for Community for Peace and Nonviolence, is the guest speaker on this day.
The Rev. Rudy Gourdine, a retired Presbyterian Pastor who served the world for more than 30 years as chaplain and case manager to the chronic mentally ill for Oaklawn and at Elkhart's Faith Mission, is the guest speaker on this day.