I Felt as If My Legs Were Praying

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in returning from the voting rights march in Selma Alabama said, “I felt as if my legs were praying.” In our own lives and world, sometimes we have to move in a different direction, prayerfully and intentionally through uncertainty and toward an uncertain freedom. What are the steps that are beckoning to you right now? On this Sunday, Christians commemorate “Palm Sunday” as Jesus’ deliberate entry into Jerusalem on a donkey on the first day of Passover. Contemporary scholars understand this as a spiritual act and also a political parody that had dire consequences for Jesus. Later this week (April 19th), Jews and others from around the world will begin gathering in Passover Seders to commemorate a march to freedom, “an Exodus.” Both Palm Sunday and the Exodus commemorate a journey that began with one step, just one step.

Poets in Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey

Rev. Kathleen Rolenz once said, “Throughout history, we have moved to the rhythms of mystery and wonder, prophecy, wisdom, teachings from ancient and modern sources, and nature herself.” Those “rhythms” are evident in Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey, the two hymnals from which we draw much of the music used in our worship services. In honor of National Poetry Month, let’s celebrate famous poets throughout the ages whose words of wonder, prophecy, and wisdom call to us in melody and rhythm from the pages of our hymnals. Let’s also seek insight into the spiritual lives of these poets and their sources of inspiration. Lots to think and wonder about, and lots of music, await!

How Poetry Transforms Us

Poetry has a long history of influence in Unitarian Universalism, inspiring many of our hymns and readings, and informing our worship life. And no wonder! Poems, like other art forms, transform us. This morning, we’ll explore the ways … read more.