In this day and age, we have the most access to information than at any time in history. We can carry a library of information in our pocket and learn from the voices of experts with one quick search of the Internet. But when it comes to some of the most sensitive and challenging topics of our time, none of that seems to make a difference. With all of this information at our fingertips, is reading thousands of words the answer?
Maybe we need to simplify to one: one bag of tea, one conversation, and one relationship. Conversations spark meaningful relationships. Meaningful relationships move us to understanding, love, and compassion. Together, we can start changing the narrative of this world by having personal, deepening, honest, supportive, and faith-building relationships. As we endeavor to work for racial and social justice, and to ensure radical welcome for all, we know that we can only accomplish these goals if we know each other better. Hear Tonja this Sunday, when we will take our offering for the Reconciliation Ministry, encourage us to see the power of One Bag of Tea, based on the scriptures Romans 12:9-21 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22.
This Saturday, September 29th at 6:00 pm, Sha’arei Shalom (the Hebrew Congregation of Columbus) has invited us for an educational dive into the exercise of combining architecture, art and religion in a film called “Sukkah City”, which will be presented at UUCCI, along with a sukkah pitch-in. Watch the trailer above to learn more about sukkahs and the film. Can't wait to celebrate with two of our Interfaith Partners!
In a join-effort with Su Casa, Bartholomew County Indivisible, St. Bartholomew, First Presbyterian, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Indiana, North Christian Church is co-sponsoring, and honored to host, this event on Saturday that will allow individuals to have a safe forum to ask questions about immigration. In addition, immigration lawyers will be present to have private 1 on 1 with families to discuss specific concerns. Childcare will be provided and light refreshments will be served.
We are ready for this Thursday evening when we will be joined by guests of The 2018 National Symposium conversation "Past is Present" with Gustavo Araoz (International Council of Monuments and Sites), Adrienne Heflich, (Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.), and Susan Saarinen (Saarinen Landscape Architecture), moderated by Theodore Prudon (president of Docomomo US).
Have you ever wondered how migrating birds decide which bird will take the lead in the "V" formation? Is it the strongest bird? Maybe the biggest one...or the most aggressive one....
Researchers in several countries have found, many times, the birds take turns! Careful analysis of how and where birds shifted position as they flew showed birds, working in pairs, repeatedly swapping around between follower and leader. By each bird taking the very energy-depleting lead, every bird was allowed to take advantage of the extra lift produced by the wings of the bird in front them. This enabled the flock to migrate further distances together.
What a great image to take with us as we look at the shifting of our leadership this Sunday with an installation of our officers and church leaders for the current programming year.
What does Jesus say about leading? What does it mean to be great?
As usual, Jesus turns things upside down!
Hear Tonja this Sunday as we talk about leadership based on Mark 9:30-37 and James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a.
This fall we will begin a study of the book, "True Inclusion: Creating Communites of Radical Embrace" by Brandan Robertson.
You may be asking yourself, "but wait, we're an Open and Affirming Congregation and a really nice group of people--aren't we inclusive?"
Well, the description on the back cover may explain it best: "So your church website says you're welcoming, a rainbow flag flies out front, worship uses gender-inclusive language, and you make sure you greet the stranger next to you on Sunday mornings. But is all of that really enough?"
Journeying together through this study, we will learn about the definitions and foundations of this way of living and explore practical, step-by-step ways we can continue moving toward a congregation that is truly inclusive. Please reach out to Tonja to show your interest and talk about dates and times that would work for you to be a part!