If we are lucky, we grow up with some sense of order. Throughout our lives though, we all experience moments of disruption or chaos from mental illness, addiction, moving, a natural disaster or just having lots of surprises in a day. How do we come to identify, accept and work creatively and positively with chaos?
Rev. Kent Matthies
500 years ago Luther posted his 95 theses, a major catalyst to the Reformation. Religion, a social construct designed to meet personal and community needs, is often deeply interwoven with prevailing narratives. When the story breaks, like learning the earth is not flat and the sun does not orbit the earth, big changes can happen.
One of the most enriching elements of Kent’s sabbatical was learning about and practicing mindfulness, commonly defined as “paying attention to the present, without rejecting or attaching”. He will share some of his experiences, which include the simple, but powerful truth that he can always come back to his breath. You can too.
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in one drop.” ~ Rumi. As we begin the new church year, we celebrate inherent wisdom, strength and courage. Bring water from home or a place special to you to pour into a community bowl, highlighting blessings given and received.
The attack on protestors in Charlottesville is yet another in an endless series of tragic incidents. We have entered a new phase of great struggle for the soul of our nation. Our most important values of liberty, democracy and justice are at risk. Each of us must find ways to participate with love, courage and hope.
Rev. Kent’s last sermon before his six-month sabbatical. Universalists believed that all people go to heaven. Whatever one believes about an afterlife, heaven and hell can exist here and now.Too much focus on the past or future can debilitate. How can we all build resiliency by drawing upon the positive power of now?
On many days life comes with the good, the bad, the ugly and the gorgeous. It often takes resiliency to prepare for, engage in and recover from impactful events. How can you develop resiliency of body, mind and spirit?