October 15 – No Courage Without Love – Rev. Ben L. Somerville II
I know a little.
I think a lot.
I believe a lot.
I am convicted of very little.
All fields of knowledge are in flux.
There is a struggle for authority.
Among fields of knowledge.
Within the fields of knowledge.
It takes courage to live in the world today.
I cannot do that without love.
Rev. Somerville was born in Georgia 1940, reared in West Virginia, graduated West Virginia University married Mary Anne Somerville, have two sons, a grandson and grand daughter, graduated The School of Theology of The University of The South, ordained by the Episcopal Church. Before ordination I was a car salesman, gas station manager, retail clerk, an assistant financial loan manager, and a sales representative in the printing industry. After ordination, I served in Ga., Md., Ct., Wy., NY. About ½ of my time was in the Baltimore, Md. area. I moved to Sierra Vista, AZ as Rector of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in 1999, and retired in 2006.
October 22 – Courage – A Servant of Love – Jay Jenkins
All of us I think have witnessed acts of Courage, either personally or through outside sources, mainstream and social media, the radio, and so forth. Some of these acts of courage are so obvious, like the police officer in Texas who, though undergoing treatment for cancer, returns to his hometown to rescue people after Hurricane Harvey. Or the unarmed Lakota Sioux Water Protectors protesting the desecration of their sacred sites and their water facing vicious attacks by dogs and armed men and women.
There are also acts of courage that go largely unseen. The teenager who makes a conscious decision to reveal that he or she is gay. The people who deliver water in the desert in hopes of saving lives in spite of harassment by law enforcement agents. Or the minister who foregoes retirement in order to help a congregation lay a path to becoming a community of trust and love.
Courage, in my opinion, lies within each of us. I comes forth when loves calls us to act without regard for our own safety. To do those things out of love for others when every instinct tells us to flee. Courage does not act alone. It is a servant of Love to do it’s bidding.
October 29 – Dia de Los Muertos Multi-age Service – Rev. Linda Lawrence
Please bring photos and/or mementos of your deceased loved ones or of others you admire and wish to honor as we create altars to honor their memories. Through ritual, story, song, and sharing, we will remember those who have died, call forth their best qualities to comfort and inspire us, and strive to let go of any remaining bitterness or hurt we may still feel toward them.