Given events of the past few weeks, I have decided to change my topic and preach on:
“Race, Rev. Wright, and Liberation Theology.”
Unlike many white people, I had a childhood where I grew up knowing I was white. It has profound impact on my view of the world. And I have been captivated by watching the unfolding of reaction as after the initial impact of Rev. Wrights’ sermon clips hitting the airwaves. Amazingly situated just after Easter and just before our community celebrates Passover . . . I will speak a bit of people’s connection to the old story of wandering in the desert towards the Promised Land. The Family Folk Ensemble will lead us in song. And our Walkin’ the Talk collection for this month will go to the Eastside Ministerial Alliance.
I f you haven’t had a chance to do this yet, I would suggest that you watch these videos that put the brief clips of Rev. Wright’s comments into context: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOdlnzkeoyQ>
It will only take 10 minutes.
Children’s Chapel is at 11am
We have classes for both children and adults at 11:15am. The adult program for this week has been changed too. We will offer a chance to share our personal reflection on Race, Rev. Wright and Liberation Theology in this Shouting over the Back of the Elephant session led by me.
First Friday is coming up!
Next Friday is our community celebration of Passover. Please RSVP by Thursday so the tables can be set, and enough of the ritual elements ready ( Kathy Klink-Zeitz <firstname.lastname@example.org>) This is a Family Friendly version of the traditional Sedar. Come and learn, remember, explore, celebrate. And bring a dish to share.
Here’s a fun International Unitarian moment:
This video is a church in the town of Fuzesgyarmatin, Hungary and is from a children's religious program prepared for the Hungarian Unitarian Church and broadcast on Hungarian television. The custom is Transylvanian, where Unitarians originate (now part of Romania). It shows a practice, known as Viragozas, a folk custom in of Transylvania and was documented as far back as the mid 19th century. The practice was a part of Easter observances which included decorating the village with flowers and greenery. The young bachelors of the village would add ornaments such as decorated eggs to a tree in the courtyard of the home of each of the marriageable young women. Its origins are presumably in a pre-christian rite of spring, as with the more widespread custom of Locsolkodas, in which the men and boys visit women of their acquaintance, giving them flowers, dabbing a bit of perfume on their foreheads and reciting a verse for them.
This other video shows the same church, enacting a pageant. The children are all dressed up and sing a lot. I wish I could tell you more about what’s happening. But the songs are fun.
Notice the embroidered message on the pulpit, which is translated “God is One.”
Again, I have little to report. Several people had the flu, but have recovered. Do let me know of significant moments in your life, that you would like to share with others.
Fridays at the Cup
I’ll be at the Cup of Joe from 4:30 to 6pm for our weekly TGIF gathering.
See you in church,
Rev. Eva S. Cameron
UU Society of Black Hawk Co.
Cedar Falls, IA