Sometimes being human can seem like hard work. Life can be confusing. But there have always been stories that illuminate our place and role as humans in the greater web of existence. These collective stories change over time, and we each have our personal stories that give meaning to our own lives. Recognizing and living these personal stories, and understanding their connection to the larger collective of stories, can indeed be sacred work!
Speaker: Rev. Mary Rhine
Mary Rhine has been a member at Tahoma UU Congregation for 30 years. She lives with her husband, Richard, and two cats, Kiki and Kimba, in University Place. She retired from the City of Tacoma in 2008, and after a few years of taking care of family responsibilities, she was ordained as an interfaith minister from the Chaplaincy Institute, an interfaith seminary in September 2016. Currently she is working on her practicum to become a certified spiritual director.
Where did the concept of sin and salvation come from? Does it have meaning for us now? Let’s look at the sin of separation – from each other, our community, the world – and how our UU Faith Tradition can save us.
As humans, we tend to like to identify ourselves by the groups we belong to, the company we keep: my church, my family, my neighborhood, the cause I’m involved in. These self-imposed distinctions set us apart from others, and we lose sight of how much we really have in common. Let’s contemplate reaching out to the “other,” planting seeds of friendship and common purpose.
Life is full of journeys. Where is your journey taking you now?
The world is truly a wondrous place, and you don’t even have to travel very far to know the truth of that statement. This Sunday we will contemplate the beauty, complexity, and diversity of this big blue marble we call home.