Mercy is not highly valued in the culture we live in. From road rage to pre-emptive war strikes, our culture is far more prone to holding grudges and hitting back than it is to turning the other cheek. How do we seek the counter-cultural way of loving mercy?
How is mercy different from forgiveness or kindness? The Christian mystic Thomas Merton said that mercy is not an intellectual deduction; it is a happening. Mercy is “an event in which God reveals God’s self to us in redemptive love and in the great gift which is the outcome of this event: our mercy to others.” … Continued
Easter Sunday falls on April Fools’ Day this year, and our services will be filled with joy, jokes, and juggling. Our special Easter music, featuring the Children’s, Youth and Adult Choirs, includes Handel’s Messiah and The Decemberists’ “Don’t Carry it All.” Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote that “The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom … Continued
Step back in time 400 years to experience the Sabbath as would the Italian Renaissance Jewish community. We will be exploring the gorgeous music of Salamone Rossi, who established choral singing as integral to Jewish worship. Baroque strings, chamber organ, theorbo, cornetto and recorder. Sinfonia Nona Sonata in Dialogo Detta la Vienna Kaddish Bar’chu Read/Download … Continued
In these dangerous times, who can see a way forward? We’ll look at two modern-day prophets, faith leaders who are casting a vision of hope, building a movement across lines of faith, race, and class. They are showing us how to grow a Revolutionary Love, for ourselves, for others — and even for our opponents. Read/Download the reading, sermon, and … Continued
Abraham heard an order from God to kill his son Isaac. Abraham, suffering and obedient, was ready to carry out the order. What if Isaac just said no? What if Isaac, in the words of Emma Gonzalez of Parkland, FL, said “We call BS!”?
This Sunday Rev. Claire will share the funny and exciting story of Jonah and the whale and the messages it holds for us today. We’ll hear the children’s and youth choirs sing joyful and beautiful music in this multigenerational service!
As the mid-term elections approach, Rev. Susanne invites us to pause and re-consider how we engage in political conversations. What role does morality play? Can we learn to speak a moral language that resonates with a wider audience? Read/Download a PDF of “Secret Weapon?”
Against her better judgment, guest preacher Rev. Lara Hoke takes on the biggest secret of all: the meaning of life. Lara has been the consulting minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover since 2009. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Cornell University and is a veteran of the US Navy.
Clark Kent, Peter Parker, Diana Prince — they all have big secrets. GOOD secrets! What is your secret power? If you were a secret agent, what would your mission be? Join us this Sunday to become a card-carrying not-so-secret agent! And . . . a big secret will be revealed: Who is the one-million-dollar donor? … Continued