Speaker: Rev. Larry Peers

We Live in Liminal Times

The expression, “May you live in interesting times,” is purported to be a Chinese curse—or a blessing, depending upon interpretation. Some consider “interesting times” as times of turmoil or trouble and “uninteresting times” as times of peace, tranquility and certainty. Actually, no evidence points to … read more.

Rising and Uprising: Making Sense of Easter Again

Easter is another holiday rich with wisdom coded in stories and rituals that we get to decipher again and again. We know that Easter, like Passover, is one of those celebrations that incorporates various religious traditions, especially the earth-based traditions that were incorporated into these … read more.

Our Liberating Never Ends: Enduring Meaning of Passover for All of Us

Through story, song, meditation, and spiritual practice, we will gather for this online worship service to make sense of Passover’s enduring wisdom for us and for our time. Some of the most profound wisdom has been carried to us from generation to generation through story … read more.

The Selma Awakening and Unitarian Universalists

My friend and colleague, Mark Morrison-Reed, is a prominent scholar of African-American Unitarian Universalist history. In his book, The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism, Morrison-Reed explores our civil rights activism in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. He feels that this period was a turning point for Unitarian Universalists. “In answering Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to action,” he believes, “they shifted from passing earnest resolutions about racial justice to putting their lives on the line for the cause.” History, in my opinion, is not just a review of the past. When done with an open mind and heart, it places our steps on a trajectory where the past, present, and future compel us forward in some new, determined, and resilient ways. 

The Soul Resilience of Howard Thurman

Howard Thurman was the religious guide for many key figures in the Civil Rights movement and for contemporary spiritually-oriented social activists. His grandmother was enslaved for 20 years, and he considers her one of his most significant teachers because of her resilience and practical wisdom. … read more.

The Holistic Spirituality of Martin Luther King, Jr.

From the time of the Hebrew prophets, there have always been voices that challenge us to return to our highest calling and to find a path toward greater personal and social integrity. Martin Luther King, Jr. practiced a “holistic spirituality” in which he took interpersonal, and sociopolitical aspects of his faith seriously. In this service, we will honor the continuing legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and why his call and holistic approach still echo within and among us. Following the service, A Soul Matters Circle on this month’s theme of “Integrity” will be facilitated from 12:00-12:45 p.m. by Rev. Peers. Gather with your beverage in the front of the sanctuary All are welcome.