Looking at the tragic (and unnecessary) suffering that pervades our world, we can understandably feel guilty for all that we have not done to alleviate it, losing faith in ourselves and in humanity at large. How might we approach this feeling of hopelessness as … read more.
Speaker: Rev. Rod Richards
The possibility of resurrection–life arising from death; hope arising out of despair–calls to us enticingly…but what does it require of us?
We all–it is said–carry with us a certain amount of “emotional baggage.” Sometimes, we barely notice the weight of it. Other times, we doubt we will be able to take another step carrying this burden.
We live in an individualistic society and have inherited what has often been seen as an individualistic religious tradition. How do we live into a faith that prioritizes the good of the whole?
Is there life after death? How do the world’s religions and wisdom traditions respond to this question? What wisdom might we glean from the various responses, knowing that none are definitive?
One of the six Sources of our Living Tradition is “wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.” How do we go about intentionally gathering from the richness of this source?
Jesus said to his disciples, “I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. Therefore be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.” What wisdom does that phrase hold for our work in the world?
As Darwin Day approaches, we’ll explore just what the “fit” in “survival of the fittest” might mean.
Resilience has something to do with being able to weather suffering and carry on. Does this have something to do with reaching “closure”? Moving on? Or might it have more to do with remaining open and moving through and with our pain?
Being stubborn is not usually considered to be a positive character trait. But when we consider the necessity of resilience–and the ability to persevere through challenging times and circumstances with our values intact–might stubbornness have a place?