Sunday, Feb. 2 – 9 and 11 a.m. – One Thousand Miles to Freedom – The Rev. Anthony Mtuaswa Johnson
This sermon will focus upon the true story of William and Ellen Craft, enslaved African-Americans who traveled “A Thousand Miles to Freedom,” and their relationship with Unitarian Universalist Theodore Parker. William and Ellen’s adventurous escape emanated from their natural desire to experience the love of each other and future generations, as free human beings.
Sunday, Feb. 9 – 9 and 11 a.m. – Music as Healer – Grace Lewis-McLaren
Grace’s particular medium is music, specifically congregational song. “When we are worn down, even worried sick, sometimes music can bring healing. Even lift us to joy,” she says. And so, for this service, she invites singers and non-singers alike to join in.
Grace cites this quote from Rev. Ian Riddell for her inspiration. “We have the option of choosing how we will respond. Will we answer hate with hate, or will we choose love? Will we close ourselves off, or will we reach out to our neighbor in hope and love? Reach out, friends. Greet each other in kindness and love even when (especially when) you disagree. Speak and act and sing and write against hatred and violence. That’s the start of how we’ll empower ourselves and our communities to build a world worthy of our children and grandchildren.”
A resident of Maine, Grace winters in Southern California through the love of family. She is retired from several careers, music being one of them. She has served as a resource person for our hymnal, “Singing the Living Tradition,” and, along with Suzanne Moore, she was one of the originators of the San Diego UU’s Yule celebration, begun in 1996 and still celebrated there each Winter Solstice.
Sunday, Feb. 16 – 9 and 11 a.m. – Resilience – The Rev. Anthony Mtuaswa Johnson
As Unitarian Universalists we ask ourselves: How can we sustain ourselves as we resist divisiveness and hate? How can we stay strong for the fight? How can we remain resilient? This month we remind ourselves that being resilient is not a solo act. This month’s sermon reminds us that yes, you can do it, and you don’t have to do it alone or on your own.
Sunday, Feb. 23 – 9 and 11 a.m. – Calling all visionaries – David Cobb
David Cobb is a people’s lawyer and self-described nonviolent revolutionary. He has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office, and been arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience. He believes we must use every peaceful tactic available to restructure society. He is a co-founder of Cooperation Humboldt, was the Green Party Presidential nominee in 2004, co-founded Move To Amend, and managed the 2016 Jill Stein for President campaign.