Seattle Unity Sermon Video 01-28-2018—”Starting Over”

2018 Annual Theme “The Inner Pilgrimage” Explored in “Starting Over” Sermon

Sunday Service Video January 28th, 2018—“Starting Over”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon of 01-28-2018. Every year, Rev. Karen Lindvig develops an annual theme for framing the sermon lessons for the year. The annual theme aims to achieve a number of things: it addresses the times, the context, and the zeitgeist of the outer world around us, in our community and locally, nationally and globally; it helps to align and prepare our inner worlds with that outer world; and it expands and builds on the previous themes.

In her “Starting Over” sermon, Karen describes the Annual Theme idea of the inner pilgrimage… (see more below)

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sermon “Starting Over” Elaborates on the 2018 Annual Theme “The Inner Pilgrimage”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “Starting Over”—Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon titled “Starting Over” is the second in 2018 that explores our Annual Theme “The Inner Pilgrimage.” In her “Starting Over” sermon, Karen describes the Annual Theme idea of the inner pilgrimage:

– How the inner pilgrimage never ends
– How it leads to a rediscovery of the Self
– How to be free to wear or not wear a mask or personna
– To continue one’s journey or to start over
– And how Seattle Unity is experiencing an outer pilgrimage with our construction of a new building over the next few years.

Karen elaborates on these themes with stories about a baby and the Prodigal Son, salmon runs and a yoga retreat, and with quotations by Thomas Merton, Beth Terrace, Saint Augustine and others.

Previous themes in this decade include the Transformational Journey, 12 Powers, World Religions, Community, Dreaming, Dreaming Community, Soul-Trek, and Archetypes.

Key quotations related to this sermon:

Christine Valters-Paintner:

“Beginning again is essential. We fall away; we lose our will to persevere for so many reasons. The problem is not with the waning of our inner fire and perseverance. We are human beings and go through times of dryness. What becomes soul killing is not returning at all. When we realize we have not meditated or created art in days or weeks, or months, our minds become hard with judgment and self-criticism.”

St. Augustine:

“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars…and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

Thomas Merton:

“For me to be a saint means to be myself. Therefore the problem of sanctity and salvation is in fact the problem of finding out who I am and of discovering my true self. God leaves us free to be whatever we like. We can be ourselves or not, as we please. We are at liberty to be real, or to be unreal. We may be true or false, the choice is ours. We may wear now one mask and now another, and never, if we so desire, appear with our own true face.”

Beth Terrace:

“The salmon are not really fighting the currents but jumping to go deeper so that they can ride the reverse currents below the surface that carry them gracefully upstream. What a beautiful metaphor for life. When we allow ourselves to delve deeper and to go below the surface, the energy and wisdom we need to flow through life is uncovered. It was there all along but as we jump and dive deeper, we connect with those energies and all of the support and energy that is an innate part of ourselves becomes accessible. When we are willing to move with our resistance, there is spaciousness for great changes to occur.”