Saturday Worship Order of Service
April 28, 2012
Marriott Oak Brook Hills
Oak Brook, Illinois
Solveig's Song by Edvard Grieg
Peter Storm, Pianist
Hymn #21, For the Beauty of the Earth
Spoken and Silent Meditations
Message – Rev. Ed Searl
Hymn #143, Not in Vain the Distance Beacons
Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum by Claude Debussy
Peter Storm, Pianist
LEADERSHIP AND SPIRITUALITY -- Keynote address by Rev. Marilyn Sewell
I've been asked to speak about leadership and spirituality. What is the relationship between these two concepts, I began to ask myself. Are they compatible, or is “spiritual leadership” an oxymoron? Let me explain: spirituality is not essentially pragmatic, leading to a goal. It is a relationship, a relationship with the Mystery. It is about listening and yielding, about opening and softening, about letting go. The fruits of the spirit are classical through the ages, and similar, no matter what the faith tradition: humility, compassion, gratitude, kindness, presence, and generosity of spirit. In contrast, leaders are generally thought to be tough—powerful and unyielding, strong of ego, passionate about their vision, thrusting boldly where none have dared to go. I ask you – are these concepts compatible? Is spirituality from Venus and leadership from Mars?
No, not at all. Good leaders are both yin and yang — that is, they evidence a combination of masculine and feminine principles that are complementary, not contradictory. Certainly our greatest leaders, both religious leaders and political leaders, have been spiritually grounded. I give you, for example, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Margaret Sanger, Eleanor Roosevelt. This is not to say that any one of these individuals was saintly, without flaw — but each was moved by purpose and principle beyond himself or herself, and each changed the world for the better in significant ways. Note that they were very different personality types.
Service and Message
CMwD DA Opening Worship and Ceremony
Oak Brook, IL
Friday, April 26, 2012
Entering Music: Piano Blues No. 4
Prelude and Choral Anthem: Spirit of Life
We light this chalice recalling the Unitarian desire for freedom against any oppression, and in memory of the Universalist belief that God's love knows no bounds.
Somebody once said, “We need a space program because we need explorers. Its in our souls.” Liberal religion in the Midwest used to be known as the pioneering faith, on the edge of the American cultural frontier. Will this endure as a value for us, a part of the spiritual discipline of leadership?
District Assembly 2012: Home Grown Leadership - Harvesting our Power … Countryside Church is pilot testing a 9 session leadership development initiative for current and emerging leaders using the UUA's Harvesting the Power and some secular materials (Kouzes/Pouzner). The sessions were attended by 10 people on Sunday afternoons. Dan Wiseman and Rev. Hilary Krivchenia of Countryside UU Church in Palatine, IL, designed and led the sessions and shared what worked and what they learned in this dynamic leadership-development program. The video is in two parts.