February 28 Sermon: Suicide: Searching for Answers; Changing Communities

Join us online, on Sunday, February 28 at 11am, to explore the challenging topic of suicide, with guest speaker, Roddy Biggs.

Roddy will lead us on a journey to attempt to understand more about the very nature of suicide, and what causes it. “As a liberal faith community, ” he says, “we can come together to help change the damaging narrative of suicide that has been created by society and by religious communities for centuries. Together we can make a difference; we can change the story and save lives.”

Email SpiritoLifeUU@gmail.com for the Zoom link to join us virtually for this sermon.

About Roddy Biggs

Roddy Biggs is a Middle Tennessee State University student finishing their bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies before pursuing seminary in the Fall of 2021. They study and work towards ordination in UU ministry. Roddy is currently a member of the First UU Church of Nashville. They are a worship associate, a lay minister on the pastoral care team, and serves as co-chair for the Social Justice Ministries at the church. In addition to the work in their local congregation, Roddy is serving in an Academic Internship for the Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Revival Network, is on The Board of Directors for Unitarian Universalist Mental Health Network, and works as a lay-speaker on Sunday mornings whenever they have the opportunity to do so. Roddy has a passion for speaking on topics that have historically been left out of religious spaces, including topics of mental health challenges, queerness, and multiracial identities, and is planning to continue such vocation and advocacy as they continue their education and enter into life long service in Unitarian Universalist faith communities.

Sharing and Caring Opportunities

Share the Plate for February: Homeless Empowerment Program

Our Share the Plate charity this month is the Homeless Empowerment Program. The mission of the Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP) is to “break the cycle of homelessness for the thousands of people we help each year. We monitor our programs to measure progress against stated goals and make necessary refinements throughout the process. Since 1986, our mission has been to provide homeless and low-income individuals and families, including veterans, with housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.

When you send your weekly contribution to Spirit of Life UU, via a check in the mail or Paypal, you can also specific what portion of you contribution you’d to give to Share the Plate and what is your pledge/weekly donation.

Unitarian Universalist General Assembly

General Assembly will be held this year virtually on June 23-27, 2021. This is the largest gathering of UU’s in the world and is a powerful experience. Last year’s virtual experience was excellent especially for the first time being virtual. Please email SpiritoLifeUU@gmail.com if you are interested. Serving as a volunteer waives the conference fee.

About Spirit of Life UU

Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists is covenantal and eclectic faith community located in Odessa, FL that welcomes seekers from all spiritual, theological and philosophical backgrounds who wish to join in a free, rational and responsible search for truth and meaning in their lives.

Please join us remotely each Sunday at 11am until we can join together in health and safety once more.