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All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK


Jun 7, 2015

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 7, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister (with Rev. Gerald Davis, Affiliate Minister).

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The recording has some minor intermittent audio issues. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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SERMON DESCRIPTION

Last month in the Traditional Service and the Point I delivered a message about “Transcending Loss.” In it I talked about what losing my daughter has taught me about America’s race problems and what it showed me about overcoming grief and trauma. This week I will take the opportunity to deliver the same message for the Contemporary Service with a few changes. We live in a culture of denial in many ways. However, the only way out of grief is through it. That is why some of the recurring problems we face as a nation are directly related to our inability or unwillingness to face the truth and the trauma of America’s history of racial violence. I believe the situations in Ferguson, Baltimore, Tulsa, and elsewhere are a manifestation of our nation’s need to deal with our collective memory in ways that allow us to move forward in positive and unified ways.

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