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Why We Are Universalists (10/13/13)

23:44 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Carol Haag.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Give them no Hell, but Hope and Courage; preach the kindness and everlasting Love of God.”
–John Murray

“If we agree in love, there is no disagreement that can do us any injury, but if we do not, no other agreement can do us any good.”
–Hosea Ballou

INTRODUCTION

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS:
From the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards, on July 8, 1741 in Enfield, Connecticut
From John Murray, quoted in the book The Larger Faith: A Short History of American Universalism by Charles Howe

SERMON
“Why We Are Universalists”
Rev. Carol Haag

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Ginny Loggins

TODAY’S SERVICE IS BEING LED BY REV. CAROL HAAG

Carol retired after 13 years as the religious educator (DRE and MRE) with The Unitarian Church in Summit, NJ. Since then, she has served on the Murray Grove board, as member, President, and currently chairs its Stewardship Committee.  She is a strong advocate for Universalism as the central, vital force in our Unitarian Universalist movement.   She believes that Universalism embodies the critical message of inclusion for our time.

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

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About The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair is welcoming of all seekers after truth, beauty, justice and compassion cherishing their diversity of race, gender, sexual identity and orientation, religious background and perspective on life. We are a liberal religious community seeking transformation in our hearts, our homes, our community and our world. We come together to * Create a spiritual community that nurtures and inspires us as we search for meaning in our lives. * Reach out and welcome all who wish to be part of our community because diversity of race, culture, sexual orientation, and economic background enriches us all. * Guide and challenge our children in their lifelong journey of discovery and spiritual growth. * Explore religious and cultural traditions so that we may honor our differences and our common ground. * Take responsibility for helping to solve the problems of our community. * Promote social and economic justice, furthering our work to dismantle racism, homophobia, and all forms of oppression. * Celebrate artistic creation as a spiritual element of life. * Respect the beauty and mystery of nature by actively preserving our environment. * Invest our personal resources to build and sustain this community of aspiration. * Act together to keep this covenant alive. We are Unitarian Universalists, building upon our heritage as advocates for the rights and dignity of all. Our spiritual leaders are Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael and Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, Co-Senior Ministers.

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