Sermons

From Liberal Christian to Liberal Humanist

Rev. Ed Lane, Sunday, January 31, 2016

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“From Liberal Christian to Liberal Humanist” DOC

UUs don’t often use the term “liberal” to describe themselves any more—and for good reason. It’s come to mean left vs. right on theological, social, political issues. The humanist/theist controversy plagued us for a long time. But sixty years ago I was gifted with a different meaning of “liberal” from a very conservative Christian theological scholar whose theology was very different from mine.

Our theme for January is “Authentic Self.” In his “Divinity School Address” Emerson said: “The true preacher can be known by this, that he [sic] deals out to the people his [sic] life—life passed through the fire of thought.” This autobiographical sermon will attempt to do that. At its center, as the sermon title implies, is an understanding of the meaning of “liberal.”

Children attend the first 15 minutes, then go to Religious Exploration classes.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.