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All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK


May 5, 2013

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 5, 2013, during the contemporary service at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

This month we explore the theme of Truth. Every Sunday in worship we stand up and use our voices to proclaim that we will seek the truth in love. At 8:30 and 10:00 we will examine a beloved story from India, “The Blind Man and The Elephant,” which has been widely disseminated as a Jain, Buddhist, Sufi and Hindu teaching story. John Godfrey Saxe memorialized the moral of the story as: “So oft in theologic wars, The disputants, I ween, Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean, And prate about an Elephant Not one of them has seen.” This propensity is not simply of theological concern. At 10:00 and 11:30, I will also look at the story of Pentecost. In the Christian Scriptures, the miracle of Pentecost was to hear one’s own language and one’s own truth reflected back from the mouths of strangers. How do we speak from our limited perspectives knowing in fact they are limited, and make room for the truths of others in the process? How do we welcome contradictory evidence and still make a claim? In order to seek truth in love we must be aware of our own power and make choices about the truth of the claim and the value of the relationship. Join me Sunday as I examine the nature of power and truth.

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