I want to thank all of you who contributed your creative and inspiring ideas for this year's sermon series. To go along with our UUCA theme for the year, "Renewing the Spirit," the series will be, "A Renewed 10 Commandments," and instead of creating new commandments the ministers will be reinterpreting and renewing the original ones. Here is what we're planning to do, though as always there may be tweaks:
A Renewed Ten Commandments
Sermon Series for 2010-2011: The original Ten Commandments were the moral imperatives for the Hebrew people for more than 2500 years and for Christians for 2000 years. How can these statements be understood and lived out by religious progressives in the 21st century?
Sunday, Sept 19 -- First Commandment: You shall open your heart to the Holy
Sunday, Oct 3 -- Second Commandment: You shall value people over possessions and meaning over materialism
Sunday, Nov 7 -- Third Commandment: You shall speak the truth with honesty and respect
Sunday, Dec 5 -- Fourth Commandment: You shall take time for joy and wonder
Sunday, Jan 9 -- Fifth Commandment: You shall forgive yourself and others
Sunday, Feb 6 -- Sixth Commandment: You shall protect and nurture life
Sunday, Mar 6 -- Seventh Commandment: You shall be faithful to those you love
Sunday, Apr 3 -- Eight Commandment: You shall be generous of spirit
Sunday, May 1 -- Ninth Commandment: You shall walk in your neighbor's shoes
Sunday, June 5 -- Tenth Commandment: You shall cultivate gratitude
In September you may sign up for a covenant group where you can be in conversation about these sermons. I hope they will help you in renewing your spirit.