Upcoming Worship Services

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Sunday, March 15, 2020: "CONSCIENCE AND DEMOCRACY - THE ODD COUPLE"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

Conscience and Democracy:  Should they work together?  What do the world's wisdom traditions say about the spiritual world of conscience, tthe political world of government, and the in-between world of community?

 

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Sunday, March 22, 2020: "WHICH DO YOU CULTIVATE - Respect for the Law or Respect for the Right?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

That was Thoreau's question in his Essay on Civil Disobedience.  His answer was, "Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just person is also a prison."  Philosopher Bertrand Russell countered, "I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong."  Psychologist Carol Gilligan counters further, (paraphrasing her), "Why so much worry about your ideas of conscience and justice when what is most essentially lacking too often with either is compassion and caring?"   What has been your direct experience with committing to conscience versus commiting to democracy versus commiting to caring?  Is it a matter of who do you trust?

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Sunday, March 22, 2020: "WHICH DO YOU CULTIVATE - Respect for the Law or Respect for the Right?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

That was Thoreau's question in his Essay on Civil Disobedience.  His answer was, "Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just person is also a prison."  Philosopher Bertrand Russell countered, "I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong."  Psychologist Carol Gilligan counters further, (paraphrasing her), "Why so much worry about your ideas of conscience and justice when what is most essentially lacking too often with either is compassion and caring?"   What has been your direct experience with committing to conscience versus commiting to democracy versus commiting to caring?  Is it a matter of who do you trust?

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Sunday, April 12, 2020: "READY TO RULE? An Easter Sermon on Your Experiences with World Community"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Regarding the call to a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all - what direct personal experience have you had that prepares you to help usher in world community?  What has it taught you?  What character of community would you incline the world toward?  Where would you put yourself, family, friends, neighbors and foes in meeting the hierarchy of needs?  Would you resurrect old plans or seek a transfiguration?

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Sunday, April 19, 2020: "BEING INDEPENDENT VERSUS INTERDEPENDENT BEING: IS THERE A BRIDGE?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

The UU Covenant calls for a commitment to respect for the interdependent web of existence - of which, the covenant says, we are a part.  What do the world's wisdom traditions (religions, sciences, humanities) advise about that?  Is there really an interdependent web?  If so, is it snare or support?  What's respect got to do with it?   Are there risks?  gains?