Dr. Samuel Elolia, professor of theology and world Christianity at Emanuel Seminary.
In opening the floor to speakers, the congregation is celebrating an American tradition - freedom of speech - and putting into practice two principles set forth by the Unitarian Universalist Association: • We are seekers of truth and wisdom. We believe in the inherent worth of all people and we honor each person and their right to speak. • We're an evolving religion and always on a search for our own truths.
It is impossible to know with certainty who wrote the four canonical gospels. But if we read between the lines and consider the gospels that were cut from the Bible, we can pretty well understand what they intended to convey about Jesus.
Many of us are transplants to this area, and have brought with us biases both conscious and unconscious that may be affecting our success in fully embracing the region or putting down healthy roots. We will consider this concept from both a personal as well as general perspective.
Unitarian Universalists draw upon all of the major faith traditions for philosophy and inspiration. Each of the traditions speak of hospitality. This talk explores what is meant by hospitality as a spiritual practice including the Rule of Benedict which encourages radical hospitality that welcomes all people, without exception and especially those of any oppressed group.
Michelle Treece has lived in Northeast Tennessee all of her life and has been involved in our community, working to make a difference every single day. Michelle did this through her work at Science Hill High School as well as at Topper Academy, formerly known as the Alternative Center, in Johnson City. After retiring from the Johnson City School System in the fall of 2016, Michelle has dedicated her time to serving her community, promoting diversity and inclusion, and making sure that people of color not only have a voice but hold seats at all levels of government. During the Women’s March 2.0 Tri-Cities, she told everyone as she announced her candidacy for the Johnson City Schools Board of Education that it was time to, “step up and step out.” Most recently she has facilitated the White Supremacy Teach In here at our church.
A remembrance of those who died within the last year, those people who made a difference in our lives.
A celebration of the music at Holston Valley, the people who make it, and the place it has in our experience of worship.
Whatever questions are dropped into the Question Box will be answered.
What's the question that you ask when you walk into church? "What's in it for me?" Or perhaps, do you ask, "How can I make a difference here?" .
Today, at the Annual Meeting, we will vote on our new covenant.
We are all Earthlings!
How do we express agape love in these divisive times?
Current events seen from a Unitarian Universalist perspective.
Rev. Jeff is again visited by Coyote the Trickster. Coyote learns that Easter teaches us that salvation is no longer a matter of following the rules. No one can follow the rules all the time. Besides, life is no fun if it’s all about following the rules.
Where is it, and how do you know?
The pagan origins of our holidays and pagan influence in American culture.
What is knowledge and what is belief? What is faith?
My immigrant experience: the good, the not so good and the hopeful.
The concept of the Beloved Community, the idea that the work toward Justice is a generational thing... meaning that we will be discouraged if we only look at short term results.