There is no more serious, no more challenging or compelling religion than this religion of ours. We are free; but that means we are required to choose our own beliefs. That is, we promise to use our reason and our experience and the dictates of our conscience to decide upon our own theology. Several members of our congregation embarked upon this quest over the course of the last year. Come hear a little about that journey.
Kurt Jordan, accompanist
EB White wrote: “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
I am so happy to be beginning
my ministry with you. I thought of this EB White quote and wondered if you too
are torn. These days especially, I am torn between my desire to save the world
and my longing to savor it. I reminded myself that it is not an either /or
option. And that is very good news! I hope I see you Sunday.
UUCOD Choir; Turner Blatchley, bass; Phillip Pollerana, percussion; Kurt Jordan, accompanist
There is so much angst, anxiety, and worry with our country, an administration that is working hard to reverse and strip rights, and freedoms from so many, children being separated from their parents, gun violence, and so much more. Is there hope? Can we find hope?
Phillip Pollerana, percussion; Kurt Jordan, accompanist
Buddhist practice includes all parts of our experience. How can we move toward complete acceptance of ourselves just as we are? The capacity for spiritual bypass has always existed, yet for 2600 years one of the beautiful and supportive factors of the Buddhist path has been the beckoning to "turn toward", to love both the rough and the smooth places. Please join us as we explore this invitation to self-knowledge and wholeness.
Ian Challis is the Guiding Teacher of Insight Community of the Desert, Palm Springs. He is a founding board member and past president of Insight Community of the Desert and leads the Desert Meditation Group at UUCOD.
Malcolm Swan, accompanist