Reflections on 5/27/18-6/1/18, a week when a tree, a fungus, and a lake reinforced my sense that something is out there and there is another side.
There is concern that the magnetic north pole has been shifting at a faster rate than any time in history, which could disrupt migration and navigation. Objects such as the compass may no longer be accurate to orient ourselves. But what about that other compass, that moral compass? Is that shifting too.
This sermon is an exploration of Transcendentalism, one of the intellectual movements that has informed Unitarian Universalism since it began, in the middle of the 19th Century. 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.
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.
This morning we will consider America’s pastime and how it embodies the best and worst of humankind. How it shows us to be explosive, vindictive, and devilishly devoted to the win. How it shows us to be so terribly boring from time to time. But also, how it reveals us to be vessels capable of bringing people to their feet in riotous joy.