Closing Word, as found and recited by member Ed Stofko.
“But we are born of risen apes, not fallen angels, and the apes were armed killers besides. And so what shall we wonder at? Our murders and massacres and missiles, and our irreconcilable regiments? Or our treaties whatever they may be worth; our symphonies however seldom they may be played; our peaceful acres, however frequently they may be converted into battlefields; our dreams however rarely they may be accomplished. The miracle of man is not how far he has sunk but how magnificently he has risen. We are known among the stars by our poems, not our corpses.” Robert Ardrey (author, playwright and screenwriter)
This can hold true whether you believe evolution exists or not. Just ask yourself, which accomplishment of humanity do you share taking pride in more? The awesomely destructive or the constructive and creative? While both are inherent parts of the universe, I like this quote because it takes a long look at humanity and shows that we humans are steadily moving toward a holistic view of things: the unity of all people everywhere, the interconnected web of life, and the value of arts and culture. How very UU!
What did you come here to do?
Somehow we have all managed to arrive in this Human Sanctuary called Earth. We are in families and relationships, communities and a church. But we are here for a very short period of time. Rev. Mark Walz asks the questions: What did we come here to do? How’s it coming? (RT 20:18)
Rev. Mark Walz preaches that according to the New Testament stories, when Jesus approached and entered Jerusalem in his 33rd year, he knew he had two weeks to live. How did he prepare for the end? How did he prepare himself, his disciples, and his family? How would you? (RT 20:34)
The Stones Will Cry Out to be Made Into Walls
When our congregation is moving organically toward building a church foundation that speaks to the needs of the larger Oak Cliff community and resonates with the passions of the people now present, then our church family will blossom and remain resilient even in the face of financial struggles. Rev. Marcia Shannon preached the sermon. (RT 27:13)
Easter Sunday – We Have Risen!
Birth. Life. Death. Re-birth. Transformation. Fact. Fiction. Truth. Metaphor. All of this and more is the High Holy Day we call Easter. Our congregation has been challenged these past weeks in ways great and small. We are all the better for it.
Rev. Mark Walz returned to the pulpit to preach the sermon. (RT 21:54)
There is something instinctive about the connection between the time-honored tradition of opening the windows to clear away the dust of winter, new seedlings shaking off the soil as they push towards the sun and clearing out the past in our lives to create a space for new growth. Rev. Marcia Shannon discussed “spring cleaning” around the world and explored the purposes of this phenomenon that move beyond simply removing dirt. Rev. Shannon received her MDiv from Duke University, and is currently UUCOC’s Director of Lifespan Religious Education and coach of the Lay Pastoral Care Team.