Sunday August 9th at 9:30a   

Rev. Beth Chronister

 

First Unitarian is looking for it's next Choir Director.

This Week

The last time I made this request of the FirstAnnounce community the response was amazing so I thought I’d try it again.  Even though we call it Coffee Hour on Sunday there are a large number of tea drinkers as well.  So it’s time again to go through your pantry or cabinets and bring in those boxes of tea and hot chocolate that sounded really good when you were at Whole Foods but didn’t taste as good when you got it home.  Just bring it to the kitchen on Sunday and share with everyone.

First Unitarian is not only a Green Sanctuary but also an EnergyStar certified building. Our roots in environmental justice and stewardship run deep. You may know SolarCity as the company who installs solar panels on people’s homes. First Unitarian has signed on to become a SolarCity Solar Ambassador.

We wanted to update the First Unitarian Society of Denver members in regard to the cards and signature books of condolence sent to Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.

Making a Difference

Spirit

Spirit is our Whole Souul Living Theme for August and because we are Unitarian Universalists, some definition is in order. The word spiritual comes from the Latin spirare, the breath. Later this became spiritus, meaning, "the animating or vital principle in man and animals: soul, courage, breath, or vigor.” Many people consider the spiritual to be supernatural, but with this definition and respecting our pluralism it could be either.

Mercy

Mercy is a subject both rich and deep. Consider this quote from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular – but one must take it simply because it is right.” This is the light in which we are asked to consider mercy.

Liberation

Broadly speaking, Liberation can be political, physical, emotional, spiritual, or all of the above.  Typically, liberation assumes a current or previous condition of being bounded or restricted, and things get interesting when we consider that it is possible to be unaware of our own bondage.  Consider this quote from Laura van Dernoot Lipsky:  “We will find the key to our liberation only when we accept that what we once did to survive is now destroying us.”

What Happened in Baltimore…

An Open letter by Dominique Christina

Vocation

Vocation is the Whole Souul Living Theme for this month. The word comes from from the Christian tradition and refers to an internal calling or summons to do holy work. There is also an assumption that neary everybody has one whether they know it or not. Philosopher Sam Keen wrote: A society in which vocation and job are separated for most people gradually creates an economy that is often devoid of spirit, one that frequently fills our pocketbooks at the cost of emptying our souls.

Compassion

Love has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Love and compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which Love is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which Love is to bless us now.

 

An Open Letter to First Unitarian Society of Denver From Your Ministers

Dear First Unitarian,

     Last Sunday during worship (January 11th), Mike shared that there is a conversation going on at First Unitarian about whether to replace the “Civil Marriage is a Civil Right,” banner on our building with a similar banner that would read “Black Lives Matter!”

 

On Hallowed Ground We Live On

Ruefully We Mourn on Hallowed Ground From Whence a Resounding Moaning Train Whistle Along the Track Assures Us  - Live On - Live On - and On
 

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