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UU topic: ‘We Too, Rise Again’

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

On April 20, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present a sermon titled “We Too, Rise Again” by Diana McLean, a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry.

McLean states that Unitarian Universalist congregations often have mixed feelings about Easter: Some members have happy memories of celebrating it and want to continue, some find it theologically troubling, and some are in both of those categories.

We will take a broader-than-Christianity approach to this season, focusing on what “resurrection” looks like in our individual and communal lives. This service will incorporate two of our UU principles: “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.”

McLean is a nearly lifelong Unitarian Universalist, and a second-year student at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She has preached over 50 sermons as a guest speaker at churches in Nebraska, Georgia, Washington, Idaho and Colorado. She also has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing. She lives in Louisville, Colo., with her 11-year-old son, Aidan.

After the service in acknowledgment of Earth Day, we will sponsor a “Bring your own used garment or flag” to be decorated with the Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS) logo in celebration of Pagosa’s SOS community activities. Following this inter-generational event, a light lunch will be provided and we request that each person bring their favorite sandwich supplement.

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship sponsors a children’s spiritual educational program and encourages 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. Arts and crafts projects also are utilized to illustrate these principles.

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 April 17, 2014.