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July 2, 2017

Rev. Michael Carter

Our Spiritual Manners

What are the appropriate manners that we bring to the banquet table of our lives? When I moved from New York City to North Carolina, I noticed how many people here in the south say they “appreciate” things. How does this appreciation play out in our day to day lives? I’m not speaking about the etiquette of meeting and greeting people, or the way we conduct ourselves at the dinner table( knowing what knife, fork, and spoon to use at just the right time).  I’m speaking about the day to day etiquette we use in our day to day living while experiencing life on this wonderful planet of ours.  A modern day expert on etiquette, Emily Post, offers a view of manners beyond the dining room table with this little gem: “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners no matter what fork you use.”
See you on Sunday!

 

July 16, 2017

Rev. Michael J. Carter


Feelings

We are often told to get in touch with them. We are often told to keep them in check. In certain schools of Eastern thought we are taught to just be aware of and to observe them as they are impermanent and ever-changing. There is truth to all of this, yet, however one looks at it; we cannot really become a healthy human being without them. Obviously, I am referring to our feelings. How do we get over this Western notion, this love affair with the intellect, to balance heart and mind, to become the whole, authentic and integrated people we are meant to be? Let’s explore this balancing act of what it means to be human; let’s talk about feelings.

 

UU Book Club

 Strangers in Their Own Land—Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild is the book we’ve chosen to read for July. The author is a sociologist who traveled from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, CA, deep into arch-conservative Louisiana bayou country. Her mission is to “truly listen to the other side in order to understand why they believe—and feel—the way they do.”
This book was chosen by Indivisible Foothills Carolina and we will join them when they meet to discuss the book. The meeting will be at Black Coffee (15 S. Trade Street, Tryon) on Thursday, July 13th at 4:30 p.m. You can learn more about this organization at www.randolphreview.com and on Facebook: IndivisibleFoothillsCarolina.
For more information, call Robbie terKuile, 828-513-0570.

 

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