Sunday Worship, July 2, 2017 at 10:30am
“Beyond Incarceration: Meaningful Alternatives, Fulfilled Lives”
Guest Speakers: Dolfinette Martin, Syrita Steib-Martin & Adinas Perkins
Today’s speakers are from the National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, whose mission is to end the incarceration of women and girls by building a movement grounded in sisterhood, solidarity and human rights. The National Council is the first national organization created and led by formerly incarcerated and incarcerated women.
Sunday Worship, July 9, 2017 at 10:30am
“Creating Sanctuary Alongside Immigrant Communities”
Guest Speakers: Jose Torres and Irma Martinez, Congreso de Jornaleros
Our community partners, the Congress of Day Laborers/Congreso de Jornaleros, will share stories about what this moment feels like to immigrants and how we can help create sanctuary and immigration justice.
Special Collection: on the first Sunday of every month, or thereabouts, we dedicate the offering to an important cause or organization. This Sunday the chosen recipient is the Congress of Day Laborers/Congreso de Jornaleros, an organization of immigrant workers and families founded by the day laborers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It is a hub for immigrants across the Southeast region, and a leadership pipeline for hundreds of immigrant workers and families into public life and social movement participation.
Sunday Worship, July 16, 2017 at 10:30am
Rev. Paul Beedle
We call ourselves The Church That Shows Up. When we show up, what do we bring? Do we bring spiritual vitality, a spirit of partnership and collaboration? And are we organized – inwardly as well as outwardly – to have the impact that will do the most good? What does all that look like?
Sunday Worship, July 23, 2017 at 10:30am
“The Gift of Spiritual Fortitude”
Guest Speaker: Ruth Idakula
What do we, as a community, understand to be spiritual fortitude? What does it mean in a time of seeming adversity, divisiveness, emotional pain and anger? We live in New Orleans. A place that has held an immense amount of spiritual energy that we can draw upon. We are surrounded by water, which in many spiritual traditions, particularly mine, can be a source of nurturing and healing. It can also be a source of catastrophe and I know we as a community have experienced both. My spiritual practice teaches me that the source of strength, courage and joy is that of finding balance. I invite us to explore that personally and as a collective. Our geographical place is also filled with energies that call out for us to access them for wisdom, information and knowledge. How do we be still, observe, listen and then act. How can we draw upon the power of balance that surrounds us all?
Ruth S. Osunlade Idakula is a priestess or Iyalosha (spiritual mother) in the West African spiritual tradition of Ifa. She is also co-director of The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal. A proud resident of the New Orleans community for the past 20 years, she is an anti-racist organizer and a mother of 3.
Sunday Worship, July 30, 2017 at 10:30am
“Resist and Rejoice: General Assembly in New Orleans”
Rev. Paul Beedle
This year we welcomed Unitarian Universalists from around the country and shared our stories with them.