If one of the characteristics of a traditional God is immutability then Earthseed is God in his most mutable form. God is the very definition of Change. God is Change. Explore with me the fictional religion from science fiction writer, Octavia Butler. Her two dystopian novels, the "Parable" series, are set on the West Coast in a Unites States. a country fallen from being the global super power of today to a much weaker country at war with Canada and Russia.
Much of our language around healing is not about wholeness, but about ableness. Shifting our frame from the ideals of ableism to a deeper understanding of wholeness can help us heal ourselves. This change in perspective also enables us to bear supportive witness to the wholeness of others, whether they are healing by our definition or not.
Construction on the KXL Pipeline may start next summer. Sue and Don will discuss the Pros and Cons of this project.
Noted US poet, W. S. Merwin, died this year at age 91. Merwin wrote 50 books of poetry and prose, most related to social causes including the anti-war movement in the 1960s and ecological issues subsequently. Merwin was the 17th US Poet Laureate. Selections of his poetry will be presented by our own Carol Merwin.
In honor of Mother’s Day this year, and in true UU fashion, we are going to be more inclusive than usual in our examination of motherhood. If all goes well, there is nothing better than a mother’s love, for both the giver and the recipient. We’re going to throw just a pinch of science into a cauldron of givers and receivers of Mother’s love and see what we get.
Our lack a creed centered around certain uniform beliefs makes some people wonder what UUs stand for. Yet our Seven Principles provide guidelines and values that allow each person to have personal beliefs that are subject to change as a result of following our Forth Principal: a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. A Unitarian Universalist is encouraged to seek reality and truth through science and philosophical study and to live in an ethical and principled way.
Rapid City businesswoman, wife, and mother, Kimberly Munsel, will talk about how she chose to give the gift of life by carrying a baby for a single man who wanted to start a family.
The fights for Women’s Rights, Civil Rights, Abolition, Education for Women, Contraception, even Animal Rights, and a host of other issues of justice and equality would not have been the same without the women of the Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist faith traditions.
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”—Muhammad Ali
At the age of 8, in 1872, Mary Ellen Wilson was put up for adoption. The little girl with a sparkling and congenial personality was placed in the home of a misguided man and his cold-hearted wife. The light put on the unconscionable abuses Mary Ellen suffered at their hands, in the days before U.S. child protection laws, forever changed the nature of children’s rights and protections.
This is a POT LUCK SUNDAY
"Nuggets of Lent Can Be Useful for Non-Believers When Uncloaked From a Christian Facade" by Vivian Jenkins
Let's move a period of prayer, penance, repentance and self-denial into a framework more useful to the non-believer. Although Lent provides us with some useful personal considerations, their magical packaging is not very user friendly to the non-believer.
The QLU is comprised of police officers working hand-in-hand with caseworkers in order to provide boots-on-the ground social work services to homeless and vulnerable members of our community. Learn why the unit originated, its current projects, and where it is headed in the future.
A panel of four (Susan, Jan, Jim, Brian) will report on their study of the book White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo. This discussion will include a definition, ways we avoid the issue, how this book affected us, and a discussion of the Intercultural Developmental Inventory assessment.
The Unitarian religion is based on the belief in one god, rather than the trinity of Christianity, and some Unitarians are strong believers in a higher power. Some modern Unitarian-Universalists don’t believe in a god or believe in multiple gods. Some are uncomfortable with any discussion about God. But never fear! If you are a Unitarian of any type, this service should make you feel comfortable.
Psychologist Carl Jung considers Introversion and Extroversion to be the building blocks of personality. They are basically opposite ends of a spectrum of need for stimulation. We live in an age of the Extrovert Ideal where the value of the Introvert is ignored. We will pull some Introverts out of their places in history and put them in their place in our Web of Existence. Dale Carnegie and Tony Robbins may want us to work and upsell ourselves in crowds, but Einstein's theories didn't come out of a committee.
THIS IS A POT LUCK SUNDAY! If you wish, bring a dish!
Our deepest calling is to grow into our authentic selfhood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks; we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.
“The Universal Hour of Peace and Peace Covenant” presented by Laural Lantz
The history and practice of an annual Universal Hour of Peace from the tradition of Laural’s alma mater, the School of Metaphysics.
This will be a pot luck Sunday, please bring a dish to share as you are able.
(This is a change from the previous plans of not offering a service for this date.)
We will be meeting at 4pm for “Cookies and Carols” - come ready to sing some holiday tunes with Laural, our talented music leader, and bring a cookie or holiday snack to share afterwards!
“Thunder Valley: Building a Regenerative Community on the Pine Ridge Reservation” presented by Erin Anderson with Lisa WhiteFace as Lay Leader
Thunder Valley is a grassroots Community Development Corporation on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Thunder Valley works to empower the Lakota community through the strengthening of cultural identity. We’ll learn about the exciting work happening at CDC, and have time to discuss how we, too, can work to create systemic change in our own local Rapid City community following this dynamic example being set by our Lakota neighbors.
“Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion” presented by Doug Klinski
Sam Harris is a neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books. “Waking Up” is for the 20% of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the teachings of figures such as Jesus, Buddha, Rumi, and other saints and sages of history.