Soul Matters theme: Beloved Community
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February 7th: “The Ways of Love, as Best We Can”
Most Unitarian Universalists are surprised to learn that we are the religious descendants of the Puritans and that the foundation of our living tradition comes from the Puritans’ interpretation of the Bible. Indeed, The Cambridge Platform of 1648 not only gave us freedom from kings and bishops but also placed us in mutual relationship with one another, both as individuals and as congregations.
February 14th: Side with Love Sunday
Thirty Days of Love is our annual celebration that runs from Dr. King Day through Valentine’s Day and lifts up the ways that Unitarian Universalists and our partners are taking bold, courageous action for intersectional racial justice. Bringing Thirty Days of Love to a joyous close, the UUA’s WorshipWeb presents stirring music, deep-hearted reflection and moving testimonies from a range of UU leaders
February 21st: “Reimagining the Beloved Community”
Sixty-five years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned a society based on equal justice, equal opportunities and love for our neighbors. However, today we are still trying to live up to Dr. King’s hopeful, transformational moral vision of the Beloved Community. How can we reimagine and recast the vision of the Beloved Community for the times we are living today? What would a reimagined Beloved Community look like and feel like if it became real to us?
The Rev. Sherman Z. Logan, Jr. is Executive Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond VA and is currently serving as a member of the UUA Board of Trustees. He was ordained to the Baptist Ministry in 2006 and was granted Ministerial Fellowship by the UUA in 2014. Rev. Sherman is married to Franka and they are proud parents to four daughters, a son and two Jack Russell Terriers; they are also doting grandparents to three girls and two boys.
February 28th: “The Kingdom of God Is Among You”
Our emphasis on Beloved Community owes much to Dr. King, but he was preceded in his call to non-violent justice by other activists, theologians and philosophers including Mohandas Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy. Indeed, the vision of a more immanent than imminent heaven-on-Earth may be traced back to the Gospel of Luke, when Jesus says, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed: for, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.”