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Breathing the Same Air – Sundara Balasubramanian

Posted by CC on March 23, 2015

Sundara BalasubramanianThis service, delivered by Sundara Balasubramanian on Sunday, March 15, 2015, is entitled “Breathing the Same Air”. Sundara Balasubramanian, a researcher of cell biology, yoga and ancient Tamil texts, grew up in India and has been living in the US for more than 15 years.  He shares with us the commonalities between the Unitarian Universalist Principles and the literature and culture.

Our book this time is God Is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu…: God Dwells with Us, in Us, Around Us, as Us by Carlton Pearson. What is God? Where is God? Who is the one true God? Questions such as these have driven a thousand human struggles, through war, terrorism, and oppression. Humanity has responded by branching off into multiple religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam—each one pitted against the other. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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The Sin of Wages

Posted by CC on March 22, 2015

In preparation for the Charleston Area Justice Ministry Rally on Monday, March 23, All Labor Has Dignitywe consider the social and spiritual dimensions of a living wage. What is labor worth? How do honest work and reasonable compensation give dignity to the human experience? This sermon was delivered by the Reverend Danny Reed on March 22, 2015.

Our book this week is “All Labor Has Dignity” (King Legacy), a collection of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice. Covering all the civil rights movement highlights–Montgomery, Albany, Birmingham, Selma, Chicago, and Memphis–award-winning historian Michael K. Honey introduces and traces Dr. King’s dream of economic equality. Gathered in one volume for the first time, the majority of these speeches will be new to most readers. The collection begins with King’s lectures to unions in the 1960s and includes his addresses made during his Poor People’s Campaign, culminating with his momentous “Mountaintop” speech, delivered in support of striking black sanitation workers in Memphis. Unprecedented and timely, All Labor Has Dignity will more fully restore our understanding of King’s lasting vision of economic justice, bringing his demand for equality right into the present.

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Mercy Street

Posted by CC on May 26, 2014

Where is mercy Mercy Street Sermon at UCCHSfound and what does the search entail? Concluding the month’s theme of mercy, we look to the poetry of Ann Sextonand the lyrics of Peter Gabriel for inspiration. Delivered by Reverend Danny Reed on May 25, 2014.

We have two recommendations this week. The first is for The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton by, of course, Anne Sexton. This work contains the poem that started it all for this week. The second recommendation has got to be for Peter Gabriel. His album,”Socontains the song Mercy Street as well as many other fantastic pieces. Both Anne Sexton’s book and Peter Gabriel’s album are highly recommended. And don’t forget that your purchases through these links help to support the church.

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Easter – It Goes On

Posted by CC on April 20, 2014

Easter is often a complicated season for adherents of liberal religion. We cannot, with any integrity, deny the existence Easter at The Unitarian Church in Charlestonof a real man named Jesus who lived and moved among real people and made some real difference in their real lives during a real but brief span of time, many years ago. His essential nature, his relationship to his God, his impact on history and his ongoing influence, however, are still topics of great debate. The remembrance of his death, and for many orthodox believers, the commemoration of his physical resurrection, is layered atop an ancient emphasis on the natural cycles of the earth. Given this complexity, we may be tempted to let Easter pass with little deep reflection or with secular acquiescence that celebrates only bunnies and chocolate eggs.

A. Powell Davies (1902-1957) observed that Christmas, the brightest event in the Christian year comes at the darkest time of the natural year and that Easter, the darkest event, comes at the brightest time. Even in its promise, the Easter event is still shaded by great disappointment—the human frailty of the disciples who abandoned their compassionate and controversial leader when he most needed their support, and the subsequent public humiliation and torturous execution of Jesus.

In a time of international terrorism and war, and so many other disappointments and injustices, we need the restorative power of the Easter message. As Davies asked for “…an Easter of the soul: new life, life stronger than death, life triumphant over evil, strengthening our fearful hopes and unsubstantial dreams until they have become a mighty purpose, and we are ready for its service.”

Sermon delivered on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 by Reverend Danny Reed.

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