Each summer, Rev. Nancy promises a “big science sermon,” and this one has gone to a whole new dimension. A little bit science, a little bit history, we’ll look at whether first encounters across the barriers of difference could be anything other than the unmitigated disaster stories history often shows them to be.
Speaker: Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd Senior Minister
What does it mean to be good? To do good? What does it mean to choose something “for good” or on behalf of “the greater good?” This service will playfully and philosophically explore goodness itself – as an aspect of our individual and communal identities.
Join us under the shade at Seneca Creek State Park to reflect on the ways we can perceive each other through a lens of blessing – having come through so much, what a gift it will be to worship together.
This weekend Rev. Nancy will be preaching for us and for her alma mater Meadville Lombard! She will deliver a sermon on “Going to the Well of Living Waters,” based on the Gospel of John 4:1-26. A special musical guest is Mark Miller, faculty at Drew Theological School, and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. This will … read more
This week, we’ll present the results of powerful research we’ve recently into the history of these sacred grounds on which we gather. What is the story of those who tread this ground before? How can we claim the fullness of this place’s legacy with courage and commitment? How do we honor legacy while holding ourselves … read more
In sacred Hindu scriptures, did you know that all things are created through the playtime of the gods? Not the intention or the planning or the due diligence – but the sheer ebullient playtime of the holy. What lessons can we take from this story? From the ways in which play creates something new, just … read more
“We’ll be joined by our awesome Affiliate Community minister this week for a shared reflection on the theology and wisdom of that saint of our time – Dolly Parton herself. With that can-do Dolly spirit and some beautiful music, we’ll consider what the troubadour has to teach us.
How do the stories we tell shape the future? Is it possible that our stories can be portals or gateways into some new reality we haven’t yet created? Is a story a doorway between one version of the world and the next, and how are we going to choose the stories we tell about this … read more
Human beings are storytelling creatures, but sometimes our stories have a way of getting too simple. Sometimes we let the conventional telling of a story limit our perceptions of what’s possible. Can we tell stories about ourselves and our world that are complex, honest and compelling at the same time?
With poetry and reflection, this service will point you toward actions you can take this Earth Day. How can we be patient when the work asks for it while also embracing the urgency of this epoch-changing climate crisis?