Ani maamin (I have faith)
June 25 – 10:30am
Rabbi Rachael Jackson
At the very least, faith involves the realization that there is something greater than ourselves. This something that we come to realize pushes us to better ourselves and aims us at a better world. But more than only realizing, faith requires us to be active participants in fashioning the messianic age. It starts with each one of us as individuals and grows like ripples in a pond.
Since 2015, Rabbi Rachael Jackson has been the rabbi at Agudas Israel Synagogue. Prior to rabbinical school, she worked as an analytical chemist for nearly a decade. Rabbi Jackson is passionate about Jewish life—Torah, avodah, and gemilut hasadim—study, worship, and deeds of loving kindness. She leads engaging education for learners of all ages and skills. Meaningful worship on Shabbat and holidays is an important part of Judaism. And doing good in the community with a kind heart and genuine smile is equally essential.
Patriotism and the Moral Universe
July 2 – 10:30am
As we prepare for a week of flags, fireworks, and patriotic speeches, we need to ask ourselves how we reconcile love of and loyalty to country with the goal of world community. In a world that seems to be degenerating into tribalism, perhaps we can engage our liberal religious values to work for reconciliation both within and beyond our national boundaries.
Holley Ulbrich is a retired Clemson University economics professor with a post-retirement Master of Theological Studies degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory. She has been a UU since 1990, is the author of a Skinner House book on the history of the lay-led fellowship movement, and has been a guest preacher at more than a dozen UU congregations.
Proclaim Liberty:” Laura Towne,
Ellen Murray, and the Penn School of
St. Helena’s Island, SC
July 9 – 10:30am
Dr. Helen Bishop
When we say that service is our prayer, what exactly are we called to do? How are we transformed by our covenant to “dwell together in peace, to seek knowledge in freedom,” and to help one another in fellowship?
In 1862, Unitarians Laura Towne and Ellen Murray joined the “Port Royal experiment”, traveling to St. Helena’s Island near Beaufort, SC to work with freed slaves. They brought homeopathic medicine and a passion for literacy, established the Penn School, and helped former slaves sell the cotton left in the fields and use the proceeds to purchase that land for taxes. In consequence, they helped to establish the only community in the US where the majority of former slaves owned the land they had worked in slavery.
We’ll explore how their work transformed the lives and futures of former slaves on St. Helena’s Island, and how they serve as exemplars for Unitarian Universalists today.
Helen Bishop has consulted with nonprofit organizations and Unitarian Universalist congregations on organizational issues all over the US. She worked for The Mountain near Highlands for nearly five years, served as District Executive in Central Midwest District of the UUA for eight years after earning a doctorate in organizational leadership, and has served on congregational, district and not-for-profit boards. She has worked as an adjunct faculty member of several universities, is a Credentialed Religious Educator at the master level, and has developed extensive resources for music directors, ministers, religious educators, administrators and lay leaders. Her background includes work in genetics, medieval and Renaissance music, and distance learning.
Reaching Across Borders
July 16 – 10:30am
From issues of immigration and civil rights to personal relationships, the principles are the same: cultivate compassion. In spite of proactive efforts, we can remain inadvertently unaware of the life experiences and needs of those around us. In spoken word and song, Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway, and Pat Wictor will offer us ideas about what it means to reach across many kinds of borders, and seek both understanding and openness of heart as we grow in community.
Brother Sun is a harmony and instrumental trio comprised of Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks, and Pat Wictor. For more than eight years they have been bringing their unique blend of rapturous soul and irresistible groove to concert stages, festivals, and spiritual communities throughout North America. Blending deft musical arrangements, thoughtful lyrics, and infectious harmonies, Brother Sun has ascended to hold a place among the most respected acoustic ensembles in the country. Both of their most recent releases were #1 for the entire year of their release on the international Folk DJ Chart (Some Part of The Truth – 2013, Weights & Wings – 2016). For more information, please visit: www.brothersunmusic.com.
July 23 – 10:30am
Rev. Judith Long
We are a unique community… both our lovely town in our beautiful mountain home and our UUFH congregation. Community matters. Relationships matter. The “how” of our community matters. I invite you to explore with me our “how” of walking together in Hendersonville and as Unitarian Universalists. See you at church.
Making Sense of Life’s Changes
July 30 – 10:30am
Rev. Earle Rabb
Change is good and change is hard. Negotiating through life’s changes determines the quality of our lives. Let’s explore that issue.
Dr. Earle Rabb is a retired United Methodist minister. He is the author of the book, “The Case of the Missing Person,” a look at Jesus as a wisdom teacher and community organizer.