REFLECTIONS

Lessons & Carols 2014 – Greeting by Fr. Gary Caster & Sermon by Rev. Dr. Richard Spalding

Lessons and Carols December 6-7, 2014 Greeting The truth is, we have been telling and re-telling this evenings’ lessons for such a long, long time that we have become well acquainted with the melodies and messages of the carols. And although we know the leading characters, supporting players and essential details of this ancient story,

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High Holiday Sermons by Cantor Robert Scherr YK 5775 (2014)

A FAMILY STORY Rosh Hashana 5775 There are many names for Rosh Hashana.  Earlier tonight, in the Kiddush prayer over the wine, we called it YOM T’RUAH—the day of the sounding of the Shofar.  It’s also known to the rabbis and in our liturgy as Yom Hazikaron—a day of Remembrance.  Remembering what?  Well, as the

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Convocation 2014 – 2015 (September 20, 2014)

Fall Convocation 2014 – 2015                                                                         September 20, 2014   Invocation “We do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  So says a text that is held sacred by two of this world’s many venerable traditions of spirit.[1] How much richer the ancient wisdom becomes

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You Are Not Alone, Rosh Hashana 5774, by Robert Scherr 2013

YOU ARE NOT ALONE                    ROSH HASHANA 5774 The Torah instructs us to gather on the First day of the 7th month to hear the sound of the Shofar.  Do you know that nowhere in the Torah does it tell us that tonight, the First day of the 7th month, is the New Year?  Why did

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A YOM KIPPUR CHAD GADYA 5774, by Robert Scherr, 2013

A YOM KIPPUR CHAD GADYA  5774 Then came the fire that burned the stick that beat the dog…       OK, OK, I’m not confused.  And I know: you think this is a Passover song.  That’s the way I learned it, too.  But really, this song is all about Yom Kippur.  One thing leads to another.  As

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Interfaith Spring Break Service Trip to TUSCALOOSA, AL 2013 ~ Student Reflections

Signs of the tornado’s destructive force were visible everywhere as we approached the work site.  Bits of broken furniture, glass, and plastic lay nestled among thistles and weeds; the landscape was dotted by the silhouettes of dead trees scraping against the wide expanse of the sky. And yet, in the midst of death, I heard

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2017 Coffin Prize Winners & Finalists Speeches-LISTEN!

LISTEN TO THE WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN PRIZE FOR PASSIONATE PUBLIC SPEAKING FINALIST’S SPEECHES Congratulations to all of the 2017 finalists! This year’s winners of the Coffin Prize are: Spirituality & Faith:  Zoe Dutton ‘19, WINNER – Finding My Religion (speech not available) Social Justice & Activism: Valeria Sosa Garnica ‘19, WINNER- There Is None 2017 Spirituality & Faith Zoe

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