Compassion and Suffering

September 9, 2018 Delivered at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation © Rev. Jonathan Rogers I was arriving back at the Atlanta airport recently, and I saw one of those large mural-size ads they have on the walls there. The ad was to end human trafficking, asking folks to not traffic humans and to make a report if they thought it was […]

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No Time for Casual Faith

Let us remember the wisdom received from Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Audre Lorde, and Lilla Watson, that “we are all bound up together,” that “if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then (we can) work together,” and that we must always steer each other back to the daily struggle of faithful living.

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September 30, 10 am: The Power of Deceleration

Our relationship to progress need not be defined by a binary between full speed ahead and full speed reverse. There is a great deal of power in being able to change and grow in a manner we control ourselves, not that we cede to external forces. Let’s examine what it means to be in a faith community that leads the way to a more just and loving world, while not leaving anyone behind in the process.

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September 23, 10 am: Life Lessons from Middle School

Back to school comes early in the South, for many kids as early as August 1 this year, inspiring nostalgia for that very first day ever, with new shoes and crayon boxes. Or      perhaps dread, most especially for what school can feel like at 12 or 13.

Eighth Grade, a summer critical hit movie, took on one girl’s honest experiences and what they taught her. What were yours and how do they continue to inform your life in these times? And the life of UU congregations?

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September 9, 10 am: Compassion and Suffering

Buddhism teaches us that suffering and compassion are intimately linked, and that the Buddha entered on the path to being a great spiritual teacher only after he was exposed to suffering in the wider world. As Edwin Arthur Burtt writes: “He found his standard of truth, and his way of discriminating it from error, in the common reason and experience of men as they can be brought to bear on the universal problem of life.” Join us to ponder in community the balance between awareness of suffering and acting with compassion.

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September 2018 UNIverse

Things are popping at Northwest this month! Check out the September UNIverse to learn about our new administrative, bookkeeping and communications service as well as the many volunteer opportunities available at Northwest and in the community. With the move to Launchpad, this will be the final monthly UNIverse. As we streamline communications, the revamped NeUUs (with graphics, thanks to the greater flexibility of Constant Contact) will become our primary news vehicle, so keep an eye out for it each week!

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Resonating Rationality

Our faith tradition affirms each person’s inherent worth, but that does not mean that we are individualist, that we believe that each person only needs to listen to themselves and do what is best for them. We are committed to doing the work of being Rational in community, of taking seriously the lived experiences of others.

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