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Join us for a lively, uplifting tribute to Unitarian Universalist troubadours—singer/songwriters who help make the essence of our liberal religious faith more accessible to all and who call us to greater heights of spiritual awakening, compassion and social action. Our annual recognition of their talents and contributions is especially timely this year, as May 3, 2019 marks the centennial of the birth of Pete Seeger who was, arguably, the most notable and influential UU troubadour of the past several generations. Expect reflection on how and why their lives and music nourish and inspire us and, of course, expect lots of singing!
Recently, Michael Moore ruminated on how we must sustain ourselves, and our spirits, “in the face of the onslaught of negative actions …”. The attack on our environmental protections in the past eighteen months is enough to take our breath away. In the face of this assault, how are we to affirm and promote our seventh UU Principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part?” Come, and add your voice to the song of spirit-filled odes to love and justice. Rev. Cornish, a Unitarian Universalist minister living in Philadelphia, serves as the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, a state-wide nonprofit organization that works with congregations of all denominations to respond to climate change as an urgent moral issue
The obstreperous Pete Seeger and other Unitarian Universalist troubadours will be much of the music we’ll share at this annual celebration. And, we’ll all welcome new members and be part of a child dedication! While we’re at it, let’s look at the symbolism attached to that happy ceremony.
How can we all follow in Andrew Wyeth’s footsteps and be “open to flow” in creative pursuits? Pianist, composer, recording artist and photographer Catherine Marie Charlton (catherinemariecharlton.com; @cmcriverdawn) will discuss her “Wyeth Walks” in the woods, seeking inspiration for her music while immersing herself in Wyeth art and creative philosophies.
Last year, in Kentucky, a $100 million theme park entitled “Ark Encounter” opened featuring a “life-sized” Ark with animatronic dinosaurs and violent and disturbing images of people dying in a supposed worldwide flood 4,200 years ago. According to Gallup, roughly half of Americans believe that the earth is just 6,000 years old and that evolution is false. These beliefs highlight the formidable challenge to scientific inquiry and science education in our country. These beliefs also influence how we collectively deal with environmental issues affecting our survival. How do we as a faith community stand up for science and education?
In anticipation of Earth Day let’s look at some facts, vehemently denied, which turn out to be, well, facts which have an effect on us all.
In much of human thought is the idea that our purpose is more than to use and use up the resources of our world and Universe for our own survival and amusement, but that we have a responsibility to the memory of our ancestors and to our progeny to be stewards.