July 1, 2012
“Becoming a Downtown Public Church”
Worship Leader Rev. Christopher Bell, UU Church of Santa Rosa
Lynn Smith, Pianist; Jake Walsh, Worship Associate
Musical Guests, PICCFEST Young Male Choristers
The Santa Rosa congregation moved into a new downtown building eight years ago, driven by impulses similar to ours. Rev. Bell says “I would be very happy to preach out of that experience, to offer the great annoyance of free advice, and give an encouraging word to your many possibilities as a public church.”
-Musical Guests, PICCFEST Young Male Choristers. The Pacific International Children's Choir Festival brings together Choirs from the US and beyond who work together through the week, fan out to sing at local church services Sunday morning (30 voices to UUCE) and reassemble in a 240-voice Gala Concert, Sunday July 1st, 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Eugene.
"That's My Farmer"
Worship Leader Rev. John Pitney of the First United Methodist Church in Eugene
Susanne Giordano, Pianist. Jake Walsh, Worship Associate.
The Rev. John Pitney describes himself as a farm kid, songwriter, storyteller, land theologian, and United Methodist minister. John uses his unique gift of guitar chords, lyrics and theology to communicate a message of justice and action on behalf of all God’s children, creatures, flora, and non-sentient earth matter.
"Learning how to serve those in need."
Worship Leader Rev. Dan Bryant of the First Christian Church in Eugene
Dorothy Clark, Pianist. Anna Sontag, Worship Associate.
Rev. Bryant says "Equality means treating people without bias regardless of appearance, beliefs, characteristics, and certainly regardless of sexual orientation. As a pastor, it also means seeing every person as created equally in the image of God."
"The Origins of Love and Marriage"
Worship Leader Rabbi Maurice Harris (Temple Beth Israel, Eugene)
"The Myth of Sisyphus and Life in the 21st Century"
Worship Leader Reverend Björn Olson
In his "The Myth of Sisyphus," Albert Camus presents his philosophy of the absurd. Sisyphus's ceaseless and pointless toil mirrors humans' futile search for meaning in the face of an unintelligible world. Does the realization of the absurd require suicide? Camus answers: "No. It requires revolt." Rev. Olson explores the implications of absurdity and change.