Two hundred years ago, William Ellery Channing preached an ordination sermon in Baltimore, and in doing so, marked the beginning of American Unitarianism. Channing wrote that the Good, Beautiful, and True revealed in our lives is a way in which we reveal divinity. Sermon by Rev. David Olson, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore.
As our congregational year comes to a close, we mark the transitions of the year: those who have joined us by choice and by birth, those who have died, and those who are transitioning from youth to young adult. Each of us are blessed by the people in this place, and each of us bring out own blessing to the community.
Before gathering for our spring Congregational Meeting, we reflect on what it means to be a community that covenants together, managing our affairs together in a democratic process. What does this very practical choice say about our spiritual and ethical values?
“Civility is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted and fierce disagreements" (The Institute for Civility). We will share reflections from our own grappling with this challenging call. Sermon by Becky Seth.
Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970, was a conscious attempt to channel the energy of the anti-war movement into the nascent environmental movement. As we approach 50 years of Earth Days, we take stock of the challenges faced, and the challenges that remain to the interconnected web of existence of which we are a part.
Spring has arrived! Astronomically, at least. This Sunday we celebrate green and growing things, and the cycles of nature that refresh and balance our lives. We also reflect on the lessons of the March for Our Lives, and what might emerge from a moment where the balance seems to be starting to tip.