December 20, 2020 @ 10 am Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford This year, we’ve been exploring the history of the London Blitz, and finding parallels to our life in the pandemic. Christmas of 1940 found Britain under siege from air attacks by Germany – and still, they celebrated the yuletide. Perhaps we, too, “need a little Christmas.” […]
Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 6 pm Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford This has been a difficult year, full of loss, and this holiday season will be different than in years past. Please join us on zoom for this service as we open a space for feelings of grief and loss, and a time for reflection.
December 6, 2020 @ 10 am Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford Advent has traditionally been a time of waiting and preparation. This year, our holiday has many limitations because of covid. As we live on the continuum of grief and celebration this year, what might a period of advent, of joyful anticipation and spiritual preparation look like […]
Nov 22, 2020 at 10 am Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford The United States was divided into friend and foe, and many were heartsick. It was 1863, and the Unitarian editor of a popular magazine wrote an editorial begging President Lincoln for a national holiday so that “every one who claims the name of American, wherever he […]
Nov 15, 2020 @ 10 am Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford Since the 1960s, the terms “welfare” and “welfare state” have been used disparagingly, often with scorn and stereotypes. Let’s examine its history stemming from life during the Blitz in England.
Nov 1, 2020 @ 10 am Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford November’s theme is the continuum between individualism and collectivism. Fiction has given us stories about the dangers of ultra-collectivism. Reality is showing us the danger of ultra-individualism. Recorded on November 1, 2020
Right now, our world needs people of character we can turn to, individuals we can trust to model better ways of living and to share factual information, whose honesty and integrity make them worthy of our trust.
Trusting yourself is more than guesswork. It requires continued learning and reflection, a commitment to being authentic and a willingness to take a risk. It is also a key step toward trusting others.
In the novel 1984, George Orwell painted a terrifying picture of a country where the government ruled with such authoritarianism that even to have an individual thought was considered to be a crime. How does skepticism help us with living in a world that often shows alarming parallel’s to the world Orwell described?