Spring is a season viewed as a time of transition and renewal by several cultures around the world. The perceived triumph of the renewed “life” of spring over the “dead” of winter is one that is celebrated at this time of the year. This triumph of life over death is evident among Christian religious traditions in the story of the resurrection of Jesus; Jewish traditions in the story of Passover; and in our own Unitarian Universalist tradition of Flower Communion. Personal insights, poetry, and music will be featured in this celebration of life. Each person in attendance is asked to bring a flower to share with the congregation.
Compassion: From Empathy to Transformation
April 12 - Matt Vasko
As part of its call, our second Unitarian Universalist Principle challenges us to utilize, “…compassion in human relations.” What exactly does this mean and how do we best go about doing it? We will explore compassion as a UU guiding principle and how it fits into our everyday and spiritual lives. Together, we will see how empathy creates compassion, which can prove to transform our lives, communities and even the world.
Matt Vasko is a member and lay leader at Neighborhood UU Church of Pasadena, currently organizing Big Saturday – an annual church event that serves to beautify and revitalize area public schools. He works as a freelance writer and social media marketing manager.
The Mend Times
April 19 - UUSCV Minister Peter Farriday
Genesis 1:28 states that humans should “subdue” the earth and “have dominion over... every living thing.” Well, we’ve done that. Now we can continue to subdue it, like we might a piano — and in each case we’ll have a nice pile of kindling. Or, like a virtuoso, we can take the earth on its own terms, and out of reverence for the beauty it contains, work masterfully with it. The first path may well lead to the proverbial End Times; the second, to the Mend Times.
Third-Sunday Charity – The collection will be for The Citizens Climate Lobby Educational Fund.
April 26 - John Cooper
The theme for the month is Sacred Earth but what makes one place sacred and another place not? John Cooper will talk about this question and discuss why the concept of a sacred place is important for our church as well as our individual spiritual journeys.
Poets-In-Person presents a poetry reading today.