Following a format our Congregation has found “gratifying” in the past few years, several TPUUF members and friends will share the pulpit this Thanksgiving weekend to reflect on the spiritual roots and rewards of thankfulness and to share what cultivates in them an attitude of gratitude.
Life provides us with many welcomed and unwelcomed opportunities to try to “make sense of” our experiences and the world around us. Sometimes we find meaning in very positive experiences and sometimes in adversity as well. Emily Esfahani Smith says that there are four “pillars” upon which meaning rests.” We’ll explore those “pillars” and some common everyday practices that can help us to savor “all that is our life.”
Join us for an upbeat service replete with music and poetry, as UUs Maxwell “Max” Ochs and his life-partner Suzanne Ochs focus on the importance of gratitude in and for our lives. Max is a fingerstyle
acoustic guitarist and folklorist who has recorded for Takoma records among other labels since the mid-1960’s. His friendship and association with guitarist John Fahey led to many music collaborations, including one with Mississippi John Hurt, who spent weeks teaching Ochs folk blues guitar-picking styles. For over a
decade Max curated the folk music series at 333 Coffeehouse in Annapolis, MD. His last full album, Hooray for Another Day (2008), includes readings of poems, one of which is a tribute to his cousin, legendary protest singer/songwriter Phil Ochs. Max continues to write, perform and record songs in the folk and blues tradition.
While still marked by military ceremonies and infused with patriotic overtones, Memorial Day has morphed over time into a three-day weekend holiday, a more general day of remembrance for loved ones who have passed away, and even a time to renew calls for world peace. This year, several TPUUF members will share with us remembrances of Memorial Days past, the meaning those remembrances have for them today, and how those remembrances speak to our UU faith and values.
TPUUF members and friends will reflect on the spiritual roots and rewards of thankfulness and share what cultivates in them an attitude of gratitude. This is a multigenerational service.