Rev. Scott Neely - UUCS Minister
Claim your power.
Speak the truth.
Show the enablers the human consequences.
Pivot: change the narrative.
Don’t become one yourself.
Why it matters to work together.
Every day. Every day.
Congregational Dialogue on Consciousness after Service
The abuse and use of power.
October 4, 2020 Chalice Table flowers donated by Rick Christian, “In honor of Al Randall’s Covenant Group”.
“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. The striving to free oneself from this delusion is the one issue of true religion.” (Albert Einstein)
The power of connection, in a time of destructive egotism.
“[The divine] is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity…. [It] manifests itself in every creature.” (Hildegard of Bingen)
The power of working together, in a time of fatal division.
“At the center of our being is a point of nothingness…, a point of pure truth, …. It is like a pure diamond, blazing…. It is in everybody, and if we could see it we would see these billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely….” (Thomas Merton)
The power of just breathing, in a time of anxiety.
“[A]lthough we are taught that women were granted suffrage in 1920, we ignore the fact that it was white women who received full access or that it was white men who granted it. Not until the 1960s, through the Voting Rights Act, were all women—regardless of race—granted full access to suffrage. Naming who has access and who doesn’t guides our efforts in challenging injustice.” (Robin DiAngelo)
Justice for All: the more we see, the better we can fight.
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” (The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution)
In celebration. In gratitude. In their footsteps.
Power. Teamwork. Fun.
This could get real.
OOS – ‘Serious Fun’ – June 21, 2020, Rev. Scott J. Neely (link coming soon)
A crack Worship Associates team is at work on a beautiful Summer Solstice celebration, even in a pandemic, even virtually. Stay tuned for details. The Sun will rise, the Solstice will happen, and we will celebrate.
OOS – ‘Summer Solstice’ – June 20, 2020, Rev. Scott J. Neely
Live-streamed on YouTube, ‘Summer Solstice’, June 20, 2020, Rev. Scott J. Neely