Christmas and Hanukkah: How do we appropriately acknowledge these two holidays? Publicly and privately honor and/or observe them? How can they co-exist without being homogenized into a marketing melting pot? Or can they?
Sermons by Rev. Marti Keller
Rev. Keller explores topics of everyday spirituality, prophetic witness, religious feminisms, and intra-religious teachings. She is especially sought for her contributions exploring the place of Judaism within and without Unitarian Universalism and for the individual.
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Fred Rogers wanted to use what he called a fabulous instrument, that small television screen, to share what has been described as his “deep and simple faith in a beautiful, noble, sacred life with kindness as its foundation.” Not just to grab their attention, but to teach children, and through them, all of us, how to be human.
Why is it that the stuff that happens to us in middle school sticks, making it harder to see middle schoolers as they are – the positives as well as the maddening and puzzling?
A tortured vocation over the centuries, fought for by women who I believe deserve what we might call secular canonization. They’ve been around since the start of human history: in 16th century Europe, elder females who were called Good Sibs, the original word for gossip, recognizing the function they served as community news bearers and literal life savers.
This is what Frida has become for me, across the years, and despite our outward differences: She a chain smoking, hard-drinking, non-Western, physically handicapped, Stalinist bisexual woman of color kindred spirit.
Yes, I have worked and am still working, under the presumption that it has significant meaning and purpose. But salvation through work? Beyond the money earned literally saving us from hunger and homelessness, what did it mean to our own religious forebears? And how does it continue to inform and shape us now?