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Easter – It Goes On

Posted by CC on April 20, 2014

Easter is often a complicated season for adherents of liberal religion. We cannot, with any integrity, deny the existence Easter at The Unitarian Church in Charlestonof a real man named Jesus who lived and moved among real people and made some real difference in their real lives during a real but brief span of time, many years ago. His essential nature, his relationship to his God, his impact on history and his ongoing influence, however, are still topics of great debate. The remembrance of his death, and for many orthodox believers, the commemoration of his physical resurrection, is layered atop an ancient emphasis on the natural cycles of the earth. Given this complexity, we may be tempted to let Easter pass with little deep reflection or with secular acquiescence that celebrates only bunnies and chocolate eggs.

A. Powell Davies (1902-1957) observed that Christmas, the brightest event in the Christian year comes at the darkest time of the natural year and that Easter, the darkest event, comes at the brightest time. Even in its promise, the Easter event is still shaded by great disappointment—the human frailty of the disciples who abandoned their compassionate and controversial leader when he most needed their support, and the subsequent public humiliation and torturous execution of Jesus.

In a time of international terrorism and war, and so many other disappointments and injustices, we need the restorative power of the Easter message. As Davies asked for “…an Easter of the soul: new life, life stronger than death, life triumphant over evil, strengthening our fearful hopes and unsubstantial dreams until they have become a mighty purpose, and we are ready for its service.”

Sermon delivered on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 by Reverend Danny Reed.

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5 Smooth Stones – Guest Sermon by Jim Key

Posted by CC on March 25, 2014

Jim Key with UUA President Rev. Peter MoralesThe sermon delivered on March 23, 2014, was by our guest speaker Jim Key. Jim Key was elected moderator of the UUA at the 2013 General Assembly. He has served our faith from the ground up—helping to found a new congregation in Beaufort, SC, serving as its president for five years, then president of the Southeast District. This sermon was on liberal religion’s “5 smooth stones”, drawing on the lesson of David and Goliath.

Our book this week is A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century by John Buehrens and Rebecca Ann Parker. Authored by two leading progressive theologians, A House for Hope affirms that the shared hopes of religious progressives from many traditions can create a movement far stronger than fundamentalism: a liberal religious renaissance. Yet for it to flourish, progressive people must rediscover the spiritual sustenance available in the theological house our liberal forebears built, and embrace what our tradition truly holds sacred, as well as understanding what it rejects.

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Redemption and Vision

Posted by CC on March 17, 2014

Redemption and Vision - Mirror of Our VisionTheologian Martin Buber said, “We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.” Agree? Disagree? Whatever your view, can we accept that seeing ourselves for who are and not who we present, or even pretend, ourselves to be is essential for growth and revelation. And redemption? This sermon was delivered on March 16, 2014 by the Reverend Danny Reed.

Our book this week is  I and Thou, Martin Buber’s classic philosophical work. It is ranked among the 20th century’s foundational documents of religious ethics. “The close association of the relation to God with the relation to one’s fellow-men … is my most essential concern,” Buber explains in the Afterword. Before discussing that relationship, in the book’s final chapter, Buber explains at length the range and ramifications of the ways people treat one another, and the ways they bear themselves in the natural world.

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You’re Not The Boss of Me

Posted by CC on February 17, 2014

Some Guidelines - Not being a bossWe say that a difficult person “has issues with authority.” We challenge a decision we find suspect with the query, “by whose authority?” A man who takes charge is praised as a leader while often, an equally assured woman is considered bossy. So, who is the boss? Is having a boss bad? Maybe we all have issues with authority. In this sermon delivered on February 16, 2014, Reverend Danny Reed talks talk about it.

Our book this week is Here If You Need Me: A True Story by Kate Braestrup. Here If You Need Me is the story of Kate Braestrup’s remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness. It is dramatic, funny, deeply moving, and simply unforgettable, an uplifting account about finding God through helping others, and the tale of the small miracles that occur every day when life and love are restored.

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