Happy Easter, everyone! Today’s sermon was on a text that is pretty far outside the comfort zone of most Unitarian Universalists–Paul’s prediction that the dead will be raised at the Last Judgment. What are we skeptics to make of this?
1 Corinthians 15: 12–14, 32b, 51–55 (NRSV)
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain….
If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”…
Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. Continue reading
Today was Pledge Sunday at our church, when we ask our congregants to make a financial pledge for the coming year. This has been a challenging year for Stocktonians, with unemployment hovering around 17%. But we all know the church still matters–especially now.
The Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig, Minister
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton
April 3, 2011
Three scenes in the life of our congregation.
I’ve changed some of the details to protect people’s identities,
but the stories are true.
All three have happened, here, within the last few weeks.
Scene one: The phone rings.
It’s a young woman calling to ask for help.
She’s gay, and her neighbors know it,
and they’ve been hassling her unmercifully,
calling out insults as she walks down the street,
even vandalizing her car.
She dares to reach out to our church
because she’s seen our rainbow flag flying
and thinks maybe, just maybe,
this could be a safe place for her just to be herself. Continue reading