Feb 10, 2013
The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 10, 2013, during The Point, the humanist service at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Eric Banner, Intern Minister.
Every worship service at All Souls begins with our covenant, which proclaims that “Love is the Spirit of this church.” Many of us learned at an early age that love was a passive thing – something that happened to us, rather than something we do.
If love truly is the spirit of our church, then it must be a force that acts in our lives. Love and power are like chocolate and peanut butter, useful on their own, but far better when joined together. Rather than turning away from power in our lives, we are called as a church to share in the responsibility of tending to each other through the powerful force of love. We practice this, first and foremost, with what Iris Murdoch calls “the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.” As we continue with our theme of spiritual practice during African American history month, I invite you to join me as we consider what it means to live with love at the center of our shared lives.
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