Seattle Unity Earth Day Sermon 04-28-2019—”Pull Back the Curtain”

Kelly Gerling’s Sunday Earth Day Sermon 04-28-2019
“Pull Back the Curtain”

Earth Day Sunday Service Video April 28th, 2019—“Pull Back the Curtain”—Here is the link and player to Kelly Gerling’s Sunday Earth Day sermon of April 28th, 2019.

Every year, Rev. Karen Lindvig develops an annual theme for framing the sermon lessons for the year. The Annual Theme for Rev. Karen Lindvig’s 2019 sermons is “Riding the Tide of Impermanence.” Here is Kelly Gerling’s 2019 Earth Day sermon, titled “Pull Back the Curtain.” In it, Kelly explores the impermanence of the present moment with the Existential Crisis guaranteeing one of two choices for Humanity, neither of which consists of anything like the present, presenting us with the stark choice, one entirely catastrophic, the other, wonderfully good. Invoking the image of Toto in the Wizard of Oz, Kelly extends his analysis of last year’s Earth Day Sermon “Healing Mother Earth.” He follows up with a focus on a…(see more below)

Kelly Gerling’s 2019 Sunday Earth Day Sermon—”Pull Back the Curtain”

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Title:Pull Back the Curtain”

http://seattleunity.org — Every year, Rev. Karen Lindvig develops an annual theme for framing the sermon lessons for the year. The Annual Theme for Rev. Karen Lindvig’s 2019 sermons is “Riding the Tide of Impermanence.”

Here is Kelly Gerling’s 2019 Earth Day sermon, titled “Pull Back the Curtain.” In it, Kelly explores the impermanence of the present moment with the Existential Crisis guaranteeing one of two choices for Humanity, neither of which consists of anything like the present, presenting us with the stark choice, one entirely catastrophic, the other, wonderfully good. Invoking the image of Toto in the Wizard of Oz, Kelly extends his analysis of last year’s Earth Day Sermon “Healing Mother Earth.” He follows up with a focus on a particular type of solution involving deconstructing and reconstructing key solution narratives. He makes a case that the transformation of such narratives is required for responding to the Existential Crisis with a commensurate exponential WWII-type of mass mobilization for zero-carbon clean infrastructure and creating universal prosperity.

Kelly focuses on three types of narratives required for: activating political will, stopping illegal warfare and harnessing public financial power. The method he explores consists of replacing disempowering, inaccurate concepts and terms with empowering, more accurate concepts and terms. Kelly concludes with a guided mediation to help to implement the method of concept and terminology replacement in the many key contexts and roles participants experience in their lives.

Key quotations related to this sermon:

The Wizard of Oz:

“Do not arouse the wrath of the Great and Powerful Oz! … The Great Oz has spoken! Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

Greta Thunberg — 16 year-old Swedish activist:

“Humanity is now standing at a crossroads. We must now decide which path we want to take. … We are now facing an existential crisis.”

Martin Luther King Jr.:

“…the black revolution…is exposing the evils that are rooted deeply in the whole structure of our society. It reveals systemic rather than superficial flaws and suggests that radical reconstruction of society itself is the real issue to be faced.”

Albert Einstein:

“A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move to higher levels…the human race…finds itself in a new habitat to which it must adapt its thinking.”

Karen Lindvig on Easter Sunday 2019:

“We are called to rise up. We are called to live this incredible life that we’ve been given. And we are called to express our divinity. So throw away the stone, move it out of the way, and step into the light.”

Karen Lindvig on Palm Sunday 2019:

“When Jesus forged a new path, it was not an easy path that he forged. He paid for it with his life. It’s no longer just one person. Right? It’s all of us together, forging together, to discover these new solutions, and these new amazing insights that one person can’t do…so it’s another step forward on that path.”

The full, linked transcript article of this 2019 Earth Day sermon — “Pull Back the Curtain” — with supporting images, is published here:

https://medium.com/@KellyGerling/pull-back-the-curtain-2019-earth-day-talk-video-and-transcript-6b520d6b856e?source=friends_link&sk=9fbf8fa47cac776d32aa1a6d11665cd5

The full, linked transcript of Kelly’s LAST YEAR’s 2018 Earth Day sermon — “Healing Mother Earth” — with supporting images, is published here:

https://medium.com/@KellyGerling/healing-mother-earth-earth-day-sermon-transcript-30c70b19a38e

The flyer for this service is here:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/20190428-Sunday-Service-PDF.pub_.pdf