Guest in Your Pulpit (GIYP) - Paul Cox
Paul Cox is a member of the North Hills UU Church, Pittsburgh, PA
Titles of programs/sermons and a brief statement of content on each:
- Be All That UU Can Be—We may be accustomed to thinking of a UU church as one that lacks a theology. We would be better served by thinking of ourselves as positively having theological diversity. We don't lack theology; in fact, we probably do more theology than most churches. Our diversity should be a source of both intellectual and spiritual energy. That energy can create a stronger sense of purpose, stimulate better programming, and attract people who value dynamism.
- TBA—The congregation will have been told little about this service. At the outset there is an announcement: as of 4 minutes ago, we are the only humans left on earth. (The others are OK: they have just been transported to other planets. This was necessary because Earth can no longer support its human population.) We have some urgent and probably unexpected decisions to make, focusing on intelligent, gentle, and effective was to migrate to a more primitive, but ultimately more durable, way of living together. We will need to trade in our present way of life for one focused on earth, air, fire, and water.
- Well, What Do You Know?—It's really difficult sometimes to know what you actually know. To be sure you see what you think you are seeing. To understand how even the simplest things work. Maybe that's because we are geared to understanding only as much about our universe as we need to for survival purposes. If we accept that limits exist on what we are really able to know and understand, we might be free to let our minds do what they do best: make our lives better.
- Why I Play the Lottery, Really—Of course I'm not going to win the lottery. I know that, and so do you. But I play anyway. Here's what I get for my dollar. Maybe you do, too?
Availability: Anytime of the year, within 75 miles of Pittsburgh, PA.
Fee arrangements: Standard fee and mileage per GIYP guidelines. Would appreciate home hospitality if distance is an issue.
Contact: Email Paul Cox at paulcox [at] djehuti [dot] com