Guest in Your Pulpit - Christie Anderson, CLM
Christie Anderson is a member and of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Kent. She serves as their Commissioned Lay Minister.
Titles of programs/sermons and a brief statement of content on each:
- Beyond Black and White—As Unitarian Universalists, we say we want racially and ethnically diverse congregations. Although we mean well, sometimes we say or do things unknowingly that are insensitive. Explore the challenges encountered in creating an environment that welcomes racial diversity
- Afterlife?—Our Universalist heritage was defined by its revolutionary view of the afterlife.Although today's rational thinking and life-affirming UUs rarely discuss the topic, I discovered that UUs hold a variety of views on the subject. Join me on my scholarly journey which led me to accept uncertainty and embrace mystery.
- Finding Meaning in Mystical Experiences—Unlike many UUs who search for life meaning through reason and evidence, some find unexpected insights following a mystical experience. This sermon examines studies of people reporting religious mystical experiences, three common theological interpretations, and the reason that UUs should pay close attention to this frequent phenomenon.
- How Can I Help?—Most UUs don't evoke an intervening God when trying to console someone. Instead, we rely upon the powerful human capabilities we each possess. Using true stories from Ram Dass and insights on the importance of presence and deep listening, I offer practical advice on providing comfort to those experiencing emotional distress.
- Born To Be Wild?—Have you struggled with articulating an answer to Christians who ask, "What motivates people to be good if you don't believe in hell?" This sermon will explore human nature and our UU reaction to evil.
Availability: Prefers to stay within 50 miles of Kent, OH.
Fee arrangements: The standard honorarium for your church.
Contact: Email Christie Anderson at christiea [at] neo [dot] rr [dot] com.