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All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK


Apr 14, 2013

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 14, 2013, during the contemporary service at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Rev. Dr. John Wolf, our Minister Emeritus wrote, “The church… is not a body of doctrine, or of reasons; or of explanations. It is a community of those who have known the deepest valley and who have passed through it to the other side…they have not been lost, or embittered in the passage. Instead, in spite of it, or, rather, because of it, they have learned compassion, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, and self-control. The anxiety, the frustration, the despair, the gap between ourselves and others, the separation we feel with the ground of our own being, cannot be overcome by religion. It is overcome in the community of the broken, the communion of saints, it is in the church wherein we are reconciled, bringing to it as we do the pieces of our lives—if not our lives in pieces—to share with one another.”

Have you been to the valley, where the very foundation under your feet has crumbled? Have you lost someone you love dearly? How can we continue to live in the face of such tragedy? How can they live on in spite of such finality? Join me this week as I examine our lives in pieces and how it is the church, not theology, nor religion that truly saves us. It is in fact the community of the broken.

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