Speaker: Rev. J. Mark Worth
In May 1963, more than a thousand students in Birmingham, Alabama, skipped school as part of the African-American Civil Rights campaigns of that era. They marched from the 16th Street Baptist Church into the downtown area to meet with the mayor and integrate chosen buildings. Children left the church while singing hymns and freedom songs such as “We Shall Overcome.” More than 600 were arrested, some as young as eight years old. For Martin Luther King, Jr., Sunday, Mark will tell the story of this “Children’s Crusade.”
A bit ahead of Chinese New Year we will talk about the wisdom of the Chinese philosophy know as Daoism (Taoism), and its legendary founder, Laozi. As with most Chinese philosophers, Laozi explains his ideas using paradox, analogy, repetition, symmetry, rhythm, and rhyme. Central to Daoism is the concept of the Dao (the Tao), the way and power of the universe, the source and ideal of all existence.
There is an old tradition that says the Christmas season begins on Christmas Day – not on Halloween or Thanksgiving – lasts 12 days and ends on when the Magi arrive on Epiphany (Friday, Jan 6). Whether or not we take the story of the Magi and the wandering star literally, it is a classic story. the wise men were following a star; and later, being warned in a dream, the went home by another way.
What makes you happy? Perhaps the election results will make us happy, but even if it does, that’s a very temporary happiness. What makes us happy in the long run? The Dalai Lama writes, “The purpose of spiritual practice is to fulfill our desire for happiness. We are all equal in our wish to be happy and overcome our suffering and I believe we all share our right to fulfill this aspiration.”
In the 1950s Rev. A. Powell Davies, who served All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C., opposed McCarthyism and called himself “an unrepentant liberal.” In the decades since, liberalism has been criticized to the point that some liberals won’t admit to being liberal. What does it mean to be a political or religious liberal? What are the values our nation needs today?