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By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW
On Sunday, Oct. 6, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present a sermon entitled “A Simple Choice,” by Beth Chronister, a ministerial intern at First Universalist Fellowship in Denver.
Chronister states that our theological universalist ancestors made a simple choice to believe in universal salvation. They rejected the notion of hell and the idea that only some people are worthy of being saved, embracing instead belief in original blessing and the power of love.
This theological choice has had great reverberations in our faith over the centuries. Chronister’s sermon will address how this simple choice of Universalism continues to impact who we are as a religious people.
Concerning universal salvation, Rev. Samuel Trumbore, a Unitarian Universalist Minister from Albany, N.Y., stated that, “Unitarian Universalists believe God dwells with us and it is our task to discover this dynamic living reality. Furthermore, our fall from grace is our ignorance of who we really are. We would describe salvation as more an inner awakening to the truth of our human nature and capabilities. In this context salvation would be the experiential realization of our fundamental interconnectedness which infuses our existence.”
Our speaker Beth Chronister recently completed her course work at the Iliff School of Theology with the aspiration of becoming a parish minister. She is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist from Topeka, Kan., whose journey has included serving in Paraguay as a Peace Corps volunteer.
We have a children’s spiritual educational program and encourage families with children to please join us for our Sunday service. Our children’s religious programs teach our Unitarian Universalist heritage, ethical living, moral precepts to love your neighbor, work for a better world and to search for truth with an open mind.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah 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.