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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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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The Aestivation Hypothesis

Theologian James Carse tells us: healthy religion encourages a “higher ignorance” which enables openness to continual learning and growth. My hope is to be able to use the case of extraterrestrial intelligence to practice the kind of healthy religion that encourages a “higher ignorance.”

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Blessing of the Animals

When we have Animal Blessing services, we are reaching deeply into our Unitarian Universalist tradition to affirm the worth and interconnection of all life, and hence promote the flourishing of all life. In blessing we are blessed, and hence are healed as we offer healing to all God’s creatures.

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Rivalry to Inclusion

There are many, many fronts on which we need to be able to support each other both in learning and in acting for change. We are going to need to have confidence in our answers as well as comfort in our questioning if we are going to make our congregations about more than just the congregations themselves, just as Jackie Robinson made baseball about more than just baseball.

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Uncountable Infinities

We should be aiming to get UP to data, not ignoring it because it can’t answer all of our questions. Science and data ought to be both informing us and our decisions, and also inspiring the vast amounts of awe and wonder that its concepts and conclusions evoke.

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Generosity as a Spiritual Practice

I hope you will join me in considering a pledge that is responsible to your family’s needs, but that also represents a sacrifice that you will feel, and that will help to grow and amplify the feeling of spiritual and emotional well-being that you get from our beloved congregation.

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