On this Labor Day weekend, we begin exploring the theme of "welcome" in terms of how we welcome our own life's story in its entirety. Rumi said we should treat our lives as a guest house and welcome all of our emotions and experiences as guides. What helps us to do this? It is truly the work of a lifetime.
This morning we return to two services at 9:30 and 11:15 to celebrate our annual water communion. Life comes from water. Our Gallery Unicorn juried art show this morning will be on the theme of beginnings. Water was our first home as living beings and as human beings. In the words of Rev. Eric Cherry, "(This morning) we gather to remind ourselves of the home we share, a home that we come back to whether after a long or short absence, a home we welcome all to make their own." This year, for the ritual of water communion, you are invited to bring water (or water symbolic of) a place where you feel "at home" as we begin our formal church year together.
9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
What Have You Learned About Radical Hospitality
Rev. Clare Petersberger
Before we adopted our new congregational mission statement several people objected to a word being proposed for inclusion in the statement -- the word "radical." Some felt it was too political a word for our mission statement. But do we feel the same way if we place the word "radical" in front of the word "hospitality?" When have you yearned to be welcomed and felt rejected? When have you extended welcome to a stranger and discovered all that connects you? When has engagement with our faith community taught you something new about "welcoming" in a more meaningful or needed way? How do we practice radical hospitality as individuals and as a congregation?