UUs to reflect on death and resurrection

By Avalon Haykus
Special to The PREVIEW
Spring is about resurrection. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The Passover story recounts the “resurrection” of the Jewish people as they escape slavery in Egypt and begin a new life, governed by the laws of a transcendent God. The earth, itself, celebrates the resurrection of the natural world after winter’s slumber.
Might these holidays also remind us of the potential within ourselves to be born anew? How many of us have stories to share about a profound life experience which has left us transformed? Is it reasonable to believe there could be enough of a shift in global consciousness to save our world?
Jesus teaches that love is the answer. The commandments given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai emphasize the importance of law in creating a just society. And, long before Judeo-Christian values spread across the globe, pagan rituals pointed to the importance of honoring Mother Earth, recognizing our dependence on healthy food, clean water and fresh air to sustain our lives.
What values might we agree upon that can promote the realization of love, law and honoring nature? Unitarian Universalism is a living tradition which draws its values from many sources: the direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder, words and deeds of prophetic women and men, wisdom from the world’s religions, Jewish and Christian teachings, humanist teachings and the teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life.
Come celebrate with us this Sunday to hear our message of hope: a hope that invites us to awaken and recognize we are one. Spring — a time of resurrection and renewal — calls upon each of us to work toward this understanding with renewed vigor and strength.
Avalon Haykus has a master’s degree in psychology from Antioch University. She has lived in Pagosa for 23 years and has been a member of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for the last 22, serving as lay minister, steering committee president, worship committee chair and youth religious exploration teacher. She has been married to her husband, Peter, for 35 years. He and their daughter and granddaughters, who also reside in Pagosa Springs, are the light of her life.
Our Fellowship is about belonging and, through this sense of belonging, we each grow spiritually. We are a Welcoming Congregation; we invite everyone to share in our faith community. We cherish diversity and foster a safe environment for all.
Service begins at 10:30 a.m. and, following that, we invite you to share refreshments and conversation. Every third Sunday of the month, our service includes children’s religious explorations. All youngsters ages 5-12 are welcome and there are no prerequisites. Parents need only show up with their offspring(s). Find us in Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn right onto Park Avenue and right again into Greenbriar Plaza, then turn left and continue around the complex until you see the Unitarian Universalist sign as it faces the mountains. Come in and join us. You are welcome.
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This story was posted on March 31, 2018.