Speaker: Rev. Larry Peers

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.

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.

My High Resolve

New Year’s resolutions have a “bad rap.” We joke that whenever we “make a resolution,” we soon break it. The consequence can be that we give up on making any resolution so as not to delude or disappoint ourselves. Whatever our actual experiences are around making or keeping resolutions, we now have more understanding from social science and spiritual sources on how people change and what practices support our commitments to improve or to change. Howard Thurman, who has been called “one of the greatest spiritual resources of this nation,” offers this prayerful insight: “Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, in the days when the darkness and the foe are nameless or familiar, I may not forget that to which my life is committed.”

Let the Mystery Be

If we crave certainty and control, then mystery can be discomforting. The writer Anne Lamott expresses the push and pull of mystery in our life. On the one hand, she offers that: “When we are stunned to a place beyond words, when an aspect of … read more.