UUs to consider if prophets are relevant in modern times

By Pauline Benetti
Special to The PREVIEW
How can a church operate without a creed to which all members subscribe? The Unitarian Universalist (UU) answer is that it must, if it is to be inclusive.
UUs have chosen to be inclusive by offering a statement of our shared identity as a religious community in the shape of a series of sources of our living tradition. We draw upon not one, but six of those sources to shape our spiritual life and voted in the ‘80s to make them an official statement; however, the foundation of multiple sources goes way back even beyond these words by William Ellery Channing, a 19th century UU preacher and writer: “I call that mind free which jealously guards its intellectual rights and powers; which does not content itself with a passive or hereditary faith; which opens itself to light whencesoever it may come; which receives new truth as an angel from heaven.”
As we come to know each other in our fellowship, we discover the unique path along which each has found that light — the source that grounds and centers and enables one to feel at home in the universe — and that light will shine from quite different sources.
This Sunday, Julie Loar will explore the relevancy of the second source, “Words and deeds of prophetic women and men, which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.”
Are there prophets in modern times? What is their role? It seems this source is more important than ever in these turbulent times. Loar will examine how ordinary people might confront the powers of evil and be a loving force for positive change.
Loar is the multiple award-winning author of six books and dozens of articles. “Goddesses For Every Day: Exploring the Wisdom and Power of the Divine Feminine Around the World” has won three national awards. Her popular astrology feature, which also won first place in a national writing contest, appears in Atlantis Rising magazine and she has been a featured contributor on John Edward’s website, where she had her own Internet TV show. Her blog is featured on a global site. Her newest project is a board game created on the universal themes of myth and archetypes. She has traveled to sacred sites around the world, researching the material for her books and teachings.
Loar has a BS in psychology, has done postgraduate work, and has been certified in numerous professional training and development programs. She was a human resources executive in two major corporations and an independent training consultant working with large companies. She has studied and taught astrology, tarot, mythology and symbolism for more than 40 years.
The Pagosa UU Fellowship extends an invitation to all to attend our service; whether you seek community, encouragement to spiritual growth; freedom to seek truth where ever it resides or simply a quite interlude of reflection, we are here.
We are a welcoming congregation and invite everyone to share in our faith community. Service is either lead by Pastor Dean Cerny on the third and fourth Sunday or by a member of our fellowship. Service begins at 10:30 a.m. and, following that, we invite you to share refreshments and conversation.
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.
For further information about the Pagosa UU Fellowship, visit pagosauu.org or call 731-7900.

This story was posted on December 1, 2018.