Seattle Unity Sermon Video 05-12-2019—”Birthing, Motherhood and Creativity”

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Mother’s Day Sermon
“Birthing, Motherhood and Creativity”

Sunday Mother’s Day Service Video May 12th 2019—“Birthing, Motherhood and Creativity”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon of 05-12-2019.

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.” In her sermon “Birthing, Motherhood and Creativity” Karen compares motherhood with the creative process used by artists, writers and inventors — including her own memoir class — and also to the biological process of having a child. In making such comparisons, Karen shows…(see more below)

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sermon—”Birthing, Motherhood and Creativity”

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Title:Birthing, Motherhood and Creativity”

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.” In her sermon “Birthing, Motherhood and Creativity” Karen compares motherhood with the creative process used by artists, writers and inventors — including her own memoir class — and also to the biological process of having a child. In making such comparisons, Karen shows how new ideas can emerge concerning the process of mothering children as a parent. She incorporates ideas in the form of several quotations, a statement by a writer, and a poem by Kahlil Gibran titled “On Children.” Karen also honors Jeanne Strawn in an appreciation ceremony for providing 25 years of means to our community. Karen concludes with a concept of Mother’s Day that universalizes what it celebrates to include men and women, adults and children.

Quotations related to this sermon:

Eddie Van Halen:

“There are really three parts to the creative process. First there is inspiration, then there is the execution, and finally there is the release.”

Maya Angelou:

“You can’t use up creativity, The more you use, the more you have.”

Marilyn Ferguson:

“The creative process requires chaos before form emerges.”

Alice Walker:

“[My mother] had handed down respect for the possibilities—and the will to grasp them.”

Steve Jobs:

“When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.”

Kahlil Gibran Poem: “On Children”

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, “Speak to us of Children.”

And he said:

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you
but not from you,
And though they are with you
yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love
but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit,
not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward
nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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Link to service flyer for 05-12-2019:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/oos20190512-Mothers-Day.pdf

 

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