Sunday, May 6, at 10:30am: “Can mystical experiences be of any importance? You decide!” Dr. Doug Hosler, Guest Speaker
Dr. Doug Hosler was born in 1940 and grew up in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, back when it was still something of a farm town. A graduate of Oberlin College, Yale University, and the University of Pittsburgh, where he obtained a PhD in philosophy, Dr. Hosler has taught at UW-Madison, and is currently associate professor of philosophy at UW-Marathon County.
Music: Jacob & Molly Roseman
Sunday, May 13, at 10:30am: “Fashioning Home” – The Rev. Brian J. Mason
Home is where we live and make memories. It’s a particular town, city, or farm. When I get to thinking about home I can’t help but miss my family. It’s hard living so far away. But missing them isn’t just a proximity thing. I remember feeling similarly when I lived nearby. And now, when I visit my hometown there is a sense of strangeness. Where once I felt a small sense of recognition in peoples’ eyes, I now find an impartial kindness. So, what is it we call home?
Music: Barbara Lattimer
Sunday, May 20, at 10:30 am: “On Transcendentalism” – The Rev. Brian J. Mason
This Sunday’s sermon will be an exploration of Transcendentalism, one of the intellectual movements that has informed Unitarian Universalism since it began, in the middle of the 19thCentury. Ralph Waldo Emerson, once a rising star in Unitarianism, resigned his Boston pulpit to become, well, Emerson, the sage of Concord, and a founding member of the Transcendental Club. More than a just philosophy, Transcendentalism changed how nature and spirituality are regarded. At its core, Transcendentalism celebrates the goodness of people and the splendor of creation. This morning we will learn how Transcendentalism, and its leaders and sources, inform our religious movement today.
Music: Adult Choir
Sunday, May 27, at 10:30 am: “Spiritualizing the Democratic Life” – The Rev. Brian J. Mason
Columnists and academics, on the left and right of the political spectrum, frequently mention that the America we live in is fracturing. That faith in the citizenry isn’t bending, it’s all but broken under the pressures of economic inequality, racial division, and political unrest. There is no denying we live in a trying era, with real problems. But democracy isn’t just political, it’s spiritual and religious. Walt Whitman believed, as David Brooks recently reminded readers in his op-ed, “What Holds America Together,” “democracy ‘supplies a training school for making first class men.’ It is ‘life’s gymnasium.’ It forges ‘freedom’s athletes’ – strong and equal women, courageous men, deep-souled people capable of governing themselves.” Democracy, for Whitman, is an adventure requiring not just citizens, but citizen athletes. Perhaps it’s time we reclaim and live it as such.
Music: Youth Choir