On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service topic will be “Hell: Fiction and Reality,” presented by Dr. Amanda Udis-Kessler.
She points out that, “Unitarian Universalists reject the classical Christian notion of hell, but that does not mean hell does not exist — it means instead that we can find it right here on earth during our lifetimes.” She then asks,“What should we do about this fact as Unitarian Universalists? One approach is to take our gratitude for the hell that does not exist and let it inform our passion to get rid of the hell that does exist.” Her talk draws on Native American wisdom, carnival midway games, 1980s pop music, Judaism and Christian fundamentalism in order to make sense of hell, the better to turn it into heaven.
Amanda Udis-Kessler is a writer, sociologist, musician, social justice educator and second-year seminarian at the Iliff School of Theology. She has been a Unitarian Universalist for almost 25 years, and has preached regularly in UU churches for more than five years. Amanda is director of Institutional Research and Planning at Colorado College, Colorado Springs.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, and child care will be provided. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire atation, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.