Seattle Unity Sermon Video 02-03-2019—”One God, Many Paths”

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday Tapestry Sermon
“One God, Many Paths”

Sunday Service Video February 3rd, 2019—“One God, Many Paths”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 02-03-2019.

The Annual Theme for Rev. Karen Lindvig’s 2019 sermons is “Riding the Tide of Impermanence.” In this sermon titled “One God, Many Paths,” Karen describes how the 12 tapestries that have graced our Sanctuary for many years are going to be…(see more below)

Plus Annie Christensen offers a reading titled “On Religion by Kahlil Gibran.”

Annie Christensen offers her reading—”On Religion by Kahlil Gibran”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday Sermon—”One God, Many Paths”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “One God, Many Paths

The Annual Theme for Rev. Karen Lindvig’s 2019 sermons is “Riding the Tide of Impermanence.” In this sermon titled “One God, Many Paths,” Karen describes how the 12 tapestries that have graced our Sanctuary for many years are going to be released because they will not fit into the new Sanctuary in the new building—part of the impermanence our Seattle Unity Spiritual Community is facing this year. She explores the 12 world religions, using the tapestries to prompt an understanding of their similarities and differences, with an emphasis on their similarities. She does this by describing the exemplary language each religion’s scriptures use for the Golden Rule consciousness of compassion and kindness.

Quotations related to this sermon:

Mahatma Gandhi

“The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.”

Karen Armstrong

“All religions are designed to teach us how to live joyfully, serenely, and kindly, in the midst of suffering.”

Albert Einstein

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.”

Yehuda Berg:

“I do believe that the original sources of all religions should be taught, because with that we will find our similarities, not just our differences. I believe that if Mohammed, Buddha, Jesus, and Moses all got together they would be best of friends because the spiritual basis of all religions is something that builds unity.”

Golden Rule quotations related to the sermon “One God, Many Paths”:

Bahai: “Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.”

Yoruba: When one fells a tree in the forest, one should apply the matter to oneself.

Islam: Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.”

Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a

Hinduism: This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” Mahabharata

Buddhism: Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

Wiccan: do what ever you will, as long as it harms nobody, including yourself

Confucianism: One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct..loving kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.”

Taoism: Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.

Sikhism: I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.

Christianity: In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

Native Spirituality: We are as much alive as we are keep the earth alive.” Chief Dan George

Annie Christensen offers her reading titled “On Religion by Kahlil Gibran”:

On Religion

Kahlil Gibran, 1883 – 1931

And an old priest said, Speak to us of Religion.

And he said:
Have I spoken this day of aught else?
Is not religion all deeds and all reflection,
And that which is neither deed nor reflection, but a wonder and a surprise ever springing in the soul, even while the hand hew the stone or tend the loom?
Who can separate his faith from his actions, or his belief from his occupations?
Who can spread his hours before him, saying, “This for God and this for myself’ This for my soul, and this other for my body?”
All your hours are wings that beat through space from self to self.
He who wears his morality but as his best garment were better naked.
The wind and the sun will tear no holes in his skin.
And he who defines his conduct by ethics imprisons his song-bird in a cage.
The freest song comes not through bars and wires.
And he to whom worshipping is a window, to open but also to shut, has not yet visited the house of his soul whose windows are from dawn to dawn.

Your daily life is your temple and your religion.
Whenever you enter into it take with you your all.
Take the plough and the forge and the mallet and the lute,
The things you have fashioned in necessity or for delight.
For in revery you cannot rise above your achievements nor fall lower than your failures.
And take with you all men:
For in adoration you cannot fly higher than their hopes nor humble yourself lower than their despair.

And if you would know God be not therefore a solver of riddles.
Rather look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children.
And look into space; you shall see Him walking in the cloud, outstretching His arms in the lightning and descending in rain.
You shall see Him smiling in flowers, then rising and waving His hands in trees.

From The Prophet (Knopf, 1923). This poem is in the public domain.


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