Summer of Insight

Hassan Shibly

Our summer of shared spiritual insights from visiting speaker continues to be heartwarming and enlightening. From Bishop Douglas Turnbow, of the Odessa congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Universal Life Church minister Wendy Hauver, and Hassan Shibly, of the Florida Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), we’ve been learning just how very much we have in common with our religious and spiritual neighbors.

The details of our faiths are just that, as both Bishop Turnbow and Mr. Shibly pointed out. The love of the freedom to choose our own paths is what unites us.  How we relate to those things greater than ourselves, is and should be personal  and respected.

Throughout September, we’ll continue our look at the rich spiritual

Rev. Wendy Hauver

tapestry  of our community, with an exploration of agnosticism this coming Sunday, September 2, followed by a look at Taoism on September 9,  and Judaism in September 16.  We’ll also be celebrating the joyous Unitarian Universalist tradition of the Water Communion on September 23 and on September 30, we welcome guest speaker Harold Brockus, current President of the Pinellas Chapter of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State , who will speak about the importance of maintaining the wall of separation between religion and government.

Our Youth Lifespan Religious Education (LRE) school year kicks off this month, as well, and we’ll also have a series of thought provoking Adult Discussion topics to keep us on our spiritual and intellectual toes.   Our monthly Keystone Book Club resumes September 16th as well, with a look at “The Tiger’s Wife,” by Téa Obreht.

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