UUs to learn about liberation theology

By Pauline Benetti
Special to The PREVIEW
Kath Burns, a hospice chaplain in Minnesota for 20 years, will be our guest speaker at Sunday’s gathering of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Raised as a Roman Catholic, ordained in the United Church of Christ, Burns was introduced to liberation theology’s “preferential option for the poor” in high school and college. She continues to be inspired by the parable of the good Samaritan that guides her as to how she should live her life as a human, as a person of faith and as an ordained clergy person.
For the past several years, Burns has been involved with San Lucas Mission in Guatemala. The work of the mission supports several programs such as education, health care, construction and coffee that provide a source of income for both families and the mission. The work of the mission is grounded in liberation theology.
We will hear how the first two principles of Unitarian Universalism (the inherent worth and dignity of every person and justice, equity and compassion in human relations) and liberation theology cross paths in the spirit of Burns’ life.
Our Fellowship is about belonging and, through this sense of belonging, we each grow spiritually. We are a Welcoming Congregation; we invite everyone to share in our faith community. We cherish diversity and foster a safe environment for all, and all are invited to our monthly Soup Fellowship on April 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fellowship.
This month, the event will be enlivened by the performance of a “playlet” in which Mother Earth brings suit against the people of the earth for their criminal treatment of her. Both the play and the annual trash cleanup in the streets around the Fellowship are planned as part of Pagosa community’s week-long celebration of Earth Day.
Our service begins at 10:30 a.m. and, following that, we invite our visitors to share refreshments and conversation. Every third Sunday, our service includes children’s religious explorations. All youngsters ages 5-12 are welcome and there are no prerequisites. Parents need only show up with their offspring(s).
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, visit pagosauu.org or call 731-7900.

This story was posted on April 7, 2018.