On Sunday, April 28th, there will one, 90 minute service starting at 11 am. This special service will explore Creation Spirituality through the life, work, and music of John Denver, and will include several live performances of his songs. Creation Spirituality is the name defrocked Catholic priest, Matthew Fox, gives to those ancient multicultural mystical traditions emphasizing the wonder of nature, care for the environment, and social justice.
On April 7, our guest speaker is Bob Stilger. Bob's community development work started in Spokane and the Northwest, then for the past ten years the global south, and more recently Japan, where the triple disasters of earthquake, tsunami and radiation are becoming a spiritual and community journey to create transformation.
On March 10, our guest speaker in the pulpit will be Pat McCormick. Pat has taught Christian Ethics at Gonzaga for nearly 20 years and speaks extensively on how God calls all believers to make peace, practice justice and tend to creation. His most recent book, “God’s Beauty: A Call to Justice” explores how the beauty of the just community, the neighbor, and the world call us out of ourselves and into community.
Rev. Adél Nagy is the visiting 2012—2013 Balazs Scholar from Transylvania. According to Rev Nagy, her sermon takes off from the following tableau: "You are on a trip and stop at a cafe on the highway and the place is packed. The only seat is at the counter where people are watching Fox News on a large screen TV on the wall. You hesitate a moment, then take a seat and are soon in conversation with the person next to you who is engrossed in the Fox News program. How do you have a real conversation with the person who may have a very different view of the world than you?"
Sara Edlin-Marlowe, Myrta Ladich, Melissa Parker & Susan Virnig, Worship Leaders
Today UUCS member/lay leaders will honor people who have died during the year 2012 and share a few of their words, their deeds, and their songs. This is a salute and a “thank you” to individuals for having lived their lives.
Resolution Revolution — Reflections on the Creative Life
Lisa Conger, UUCS Member & Guest Speaker
Today UUCS hosts Lisa Conger in our pulpit. Lisa has been a member of the UU Church of Spokane since 1989. She is an artist and poet, and teaches creative writing to senior citizens and reflective writing to first year medical students.
Standing on the Side of Life: Reflections on the Death Penalty
Victoria Thorpe, Guest Speaker
Victoria Thorpe, who has a sister on death row, is a co-chair of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane's Inland Northwest Death Penalty Abolition Group. She is an artist, mother, human rights activist, and the author of Cages, a moving true story about her sister's harrowing journey through the U.S. death penalty system.
Order of Service SUUNday Focus Bulletin Not available on-line
The Venerable Thubten Chodron, Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, says establishing the abbey fulfilled a long-held vision — to share the Buddha's teachings with Western sangha and incorporate the best elements of Western society, including gender equality and using technology, to spread the Dharma. Ven. Chodron is an author of many books and teaches around the world. Don’t miss this inspiring speaker!
Kurt Olson is a 26-year old ordained UU minister — and a man who “wears many hats.” He is chief copy editor of The Easterner (EWU’s student newspaper) and competed in the National Poetry Competition and Individual World Poetry Competition in 2009. For three years Kurt was in the award-winning local band “Mon Cheri” and he states he is interested in trying to figure out how to be a peg in a world of square holes. Kurt is currently attending EWU to pursue a career as a high school English teacher.
37 Years of Sitting with the Dying: Some Stories I'd Like to Tell You
Tess Taft, UUCS Member Guest Speaker
Tess Taft is an oncology stress management specialist and psychotherapist who has provided service to cancer patients and their loved ones in hospitals, cancer clinics, homes, nursing homes, hospices and private practice settings for 38 years.
Sara Edlin-Marlowe & Cheryl Rohrig UUCS Member Worship Leaders
* The Congregation of Abraxas was an order of UU ministers and lay people created for the purpose of liturgical renewal. “We believe the human enterprise and the health of our churches requires above all else the capacity and vehicles for genuine private and public worship. We want to renew liturgy in our lives so it will renew us and our society.”