Seattle Unity Sermon Video 06-02-2019—”The Story Continues”

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s June 2nd, 2019 Sermon
“The Story Continues”

Sunday Service Video June 2nd, 2019—“The Story Continues”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon of 06-02-2019.

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 this sermon — the first in our temporary building at Metropolist — Rev. Karen Lindvig welcomes our community into the new space with her sermon “The Story Continues.” Rev. Karen describes our new, beautiful, flexible space as a new home; a…(see more below)

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sermon—”The Story Continues”

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Title:The Story Continues”

http://seattleunity.org — In this sermon — the first in our temporary building at Metropolist — Rev. Karen Lindvig welcomes our community into the new space with her sermon “The Story Continues.” Rev. Karen describes our new, beautiful, flexible space as a new home; a threshold between the old building and our new one; a cocoon; and a liminal, in-between place for the next period of time. She urges the community to solidify our relationships with one another; to step outside our well-established comfort zones; and to experiment, with her, and with the musicians, to explore variations our our worship service, creating new and different ways of experiencing our time together on Sundays.

Karen explores the idea of liminal — a transitional stage of a process — as a way of departing from normality, noting that key spiritual and social leaders are far from normal. Citing Jesus, Jackie Robinson, and others, she describes how they created contexts of transformation well outside of what is considered normal.

Karen suggests that we approach our liminal space in the transition to our new building intentionally and within community, rather than staying paralyzed, running away or going at it alone, we can boldly approach it and confidently move forward into our futures.

She concludes her sermon with a discussion exercise in which the members of the community imagine their lives and our community two years hence, after our time in the temporary building at Metropolist.

Quotations related to this sermon:

Kate Morton:

“He had the vague sense of standing on a threshold, the crossing of which would change everything.”

Pier Learning Center:

“If our liminal spaces are approached intentionally and within community, rather than staying paralyzed, running away or going at it alone, we can boldly approach it and confidently move forward into our futures.”

Richard Rohr:

“The threshold is the sacred space where the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed. The threshold is God’s waiting room. Here we are taught openness and patience as we come to expect an appointment with the divine Doctor.”

Definition of “liminal”:

“The word liminal comes from the Latin word limen, meaning threshold — any point or place of entering or beginning. A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, waiting, and not knowing.”

Link to service flyer for 06-02-2019:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/oos20190602-Sunday-Service.pdf

 

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