What, if anything, comes next, after our time among the living is up? What are our hopes, our fears, our reasonable expectations? Would radically longer life spans be better? This sermon looks death in the eye and . . .
Speaker: Rev. Dave Hunter
In a search for guidance for today, Dave brings to light a recently discovered trove of letters to and from the Rev. Dr. Thomas Hooker, a mid-17th century congregational consultant, who was based in Hartford, Connecticut. A graduate of Princeton University, the Harvard Law School, and Wesley Theological Seminary, Dave was an attorney in the Voting Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division from 1975 to 2000. Dave and his wife, the Rev. Kerry Mueller, were the co-ministers for the UU Fellowship of Fayetteville, Arkansas, from 2006 to 2011, and the co-ministers, part time, for the Unitarian Universalists of Gettysburg, from 2012 to 2017. Now retired, they are members of the Main Line Unitarian Church, in Devon.
Rev. Dave considers various paths or attitudes within Unitarian Universalism: the path of Jesus, the next generation, humanism, and sentimentality.
In listing the sources for the living tradition of Unitarian
Universalism we claim that “wisdom from the world’s religions…inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life” – with the understanding that “the world’s religions” here means religions in addition to Judaism and Christianity, which are central to our religious heritage. Is that claim of ours a serious one, or do we make it so that we can look good, or feel good?