Jul 16, 2017
The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister.
Independence, basically means un-dependent, not dependent or not a pendant. A pendant is a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn around the neck, in fact the word pendant comes from Old French, meaning literally to hang or hanging. In a sense, if you’re not hanging, you’re falling or in some ways just failing . And the only way to avoid falling/failing is to hang onto whatever is available or “dependable” to prevent the downward spirals in life, consciousness, and culture.
There is an old saying, “No man (person) is an island to himself.” Human ego seeks independence or not depending on anything or anyone else, for fear they or it may be unreliable or undependable.
The gift if independence is also a sign of distrust, insecurity, and fear. We must learn to find its legitimate place and space in our consciousness and our world.
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