From the broader history of our shared Unitarian and Universalist faith, today we narrow down to examining and celebrating the local history of our Long Beach church.
Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels
20th Century Unitarianism took on a strong humanist bent that continues to influence (if not define) us today. Has the humanist belief that humans have what we need to save ourselves and the world been affirmed or disproved by the events of the last Century?
The fringe Unitarian theology of Transcendentalism holds that every human has the natural ability to connect directly with the divine spirit of the universe. It’s a personally liberating spirituality that’s also deeply threatening to communal institutions like the church.
The core theology of the Universalist side is that God’s primary character is love, not justice. So are there no consequences, then, for evil acts? Whenever we seek to balance the opposing values of compassion and accountability we face the same theological problem.
The nominal theology of our historic faith, that God is a unity not a trinity, may seem obscure to us. The premises of that theology are still valid to our contemporary faith. We’ll look back at what Unitarian meant then, means now, and in these … read more.
We begin our church year with our annual “Ingathering” service. I’ll introduce our worship schedule for the year. We start by recognizing the special quality of the present moment and the importance of living fully where and when we are.
Lastly we arrive at the wellness dimension of the physical body, our strength and our capacity to bounce back from the demands of stress.
From wellness of the mind, last week, we turn this week toward the dimensions of wellness that lie in the realm of the “heart” the symbolic home of our emotional and relational selves; and our “souls” the realm of the spiritual issues: identity, meaning, and purpose.
In August we turn toward planning and preparation for the work of the coming church year. What will we need for ourselves in order to do our best work? I’ll draw from the work of Rev. Dr. D. Scott Stoner who outlines a holistic view of wellness encompassing eight dimensions of our beings. First up, the dimensions of intellectual health.
When I was a child, curb cuts, those ramps on sidewalk corners, didn’t exist. I have no idea what folks in wheelchairs did to get around town. We’ve made a lot of progress in making more of our world more accessible to more people. But there will always be parts of the world beyond our experience. It’s the distance between the infinity of existence, and the limitations of mortal selves.