Happy Earth Day! Here’s the sermon I gave this weekend. I hope you will all stay hopeful and focused out there–it is not too late to make the changes we need to protect the world we know and love.
Good courage to you,
This Earth Day weekend,
I want to give you a message of hope
for this planet and for our own future on earth.
And I promise you we will get there,
even in these troubled times for our planet.
There is hope,
even in the darkest moments,
but to find it, we need to walk through some scary stuff first.
I don’t have to tell you, these are scary times
for everyone worried about climate change.
The weather’s getting really weird.
The land and the sea are changing right before our eyes.
In the reading we just heard,
Bill McKibben spelled out in pretty blunt terms where we are.
What he has to say is scary.
Global warming is already happening,
and we may not be able to stop it. Continue reading
Here’s yesterday’s sermon, reflecting on the current national political climate through the lens of Ignatian spirituality. Enjoy!
The Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig, Minister
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton
March 6, 2011
Hope is what we need today.
I’m not talking about foolish hope, a hope that doesn’t face facts.
I’m not talking about passive hope, a hope that sits on its hands
and waits for a miracle.
No, we need an active hope
that looks around and sees the world clearly,
good and bad,
joys and struggles,
and says, I am not giving up.
I believe in the future.
I believe there is a way forward
and we are going to find it.
That’s the kind of hope we need today.
We need it in our families,
we need it in our church community,
we sure need it in our cities and our country and our world.
But it’s a strange thing—
when we need hope the most
may be exactly when it’s hardest to find. Continue reading