Remembrance Sunday: Why is Grief Important Now?

Remembrance Sunday: Why is Grief Important Now?

January 07, 2018
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie

Author Francis Weller writes that grief is a powerful form of “soul activism.” In this time of losses, some that cut close to the bone or grieving the sorrows of the world, grief invites us to remember our bonds, our bonds to one another, our bonds to ancestors, our bonds to place. Where is the grief in your life, and how might it activate your soul and the soul of our communities?

Remembrance Sunday is a time to reflect on our losses over the past year and to honor those we love who have died. It is also an opportunity to mark other significant losses in the life of your family, such as a separation or divorce, saying goodbye to friends who’ve moved away, the passing of an animal companion, or the loss of a home, job, or familiar school community. You’re invited to bring a photo or memento of loved ones you are remembering to the sanctuary for our shared altar that Sunday morning.

Join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.

Order of Service: January 7 Order of Service

Listen to the Sermon and Wisdom Story:

Offering Recipient: Habitat for Humanity (give here)

January Worship Theme: Loving
This month, we are inspired by the work of Leslie Barlow, a young artist who has taken the art scene in the Twin Cities by storm. In her series of paintings called Loving, Ms. Barlow uses the Supreme Court ruling of 1967 against anti-miscegenation (or anti interracial marriage) laws, as the launching pad for her study of family, challenging perceived family normalcy and the lack of representation of diverse family dynamics. Her series invites us into the extraordinary of ordinary love in all different kinds and variety of families. This month we explore Loving. The people we love. The variety of families from which we were born, and the big-hearted call to Love found in the very DNA of our family of faith.

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