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The value of perspective

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

On June 22, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hear a recorded sermon by the Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, from the All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Okla.

His presentation will emphasize the inclusive nature of Unitarian beliefs that seek to encourage the freedom to be honest in what we believe, to learn from others, to share freely without proselytizing and to realize the important principles that can be drawn from different religious perspectives.

Lavanhar will address aspects of faith including: Is there room for my perspective, my truths and my questions in the tapestry of meaning and value in a UU fellowship? Within this talk, he will emphasize the need to recognize the destructive nature of religious exclusion, a practice that can promote the feeling of superiority and self-righteousness.

He also will address the need to recognize and eliminate idolatry in one’s life as a means to remove division in our world. This talk directly addresses three of our seven principles; specifically, “the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” “acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations” and “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”

It is the mission of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to “grow as a diverse community with differing beliefs and shared values. We seek to encourage spiritual growth and strive for compassion, justice and responsible action in our society and on our planet.”

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.

This story was posted on June 19, 2014.