Seattle Unity Sermon Videos 08-05-2018—”Out of Loss Comes Possibility”

Rev. Karen Lindvig & Marla Durden Sunday Sermon
“Out of Loss Comes Possibility”

Sunday Service Video August 5th, 2018—“Out of Loss Comes Possibility”—Here is the link and player to Karen Lindvig and Marla Durden’s Sunday sermon of 08-05-2018.

Every year, Rev. Karen Lindvig develops an annual theme for framing the sermon lessons for the year. In 2018, our Annual Theme is “The Inner Pilgrimage.” In her August 5th, 2018 sermon, Karen is joined by Seattle Unity Youth Education Director, Marla Durden. Consistent with the July-August theme of the benefits of discomfort, they focus on an important type of discomfort—the experience of…(see more below)

Plus, MJ Davidson offers a reading titled “The Guest House” by Rumi. Also included below is a blessing of Aiden Duña for his leadership in our region in Youth of Unity (YOU). (Details and videos below.)

MJ Davidson Reading “The Guest House”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig & Marla Durden Sermon “Out of Loss Comes Possibility”

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Aiden Duña Leadership Blessing for His Service to Youth of Unity (YOU)

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Sermon Summary

Title: “Out of Loss Comes Possibility”

http://seattleunity.org — Reverend Karen Lindvig and Marla Durden‘s sermon on August 5th, 2018 is titled “Out of Loss Comes Possibility.” Rev. Karen continues her sermons related to the 2018 Annual Theme category of “The Inner Pilgrimage.” In her August 5th, 2018 sermon, Karen is joined by Seattle Unity Youth Education Director, Marla Durden. Consistent with the July-August theme of the benefits of discomfort, they focus on an important type of discomfort—the experience of loss, and the resulting grief, healing and the emergence of new possibilities. Karen relates a number of ideas that help to understand loss, and stories that exemplify loss. Karen then reviews five stages of grief. Marla Durden offers her compelling personal story illustrating the experience of loss, healing, and the emergence of possibilities.

Key quotations relating to this sermon:

Marla Durden:

“If your hands are full, you can’t receive.”

Katharine Weber:

“Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That’s the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what’s left, that’s the part you have to make up as you go.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross:

“The five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost.”

J.E.B. Spredemann:

“If you’re always looking back at what you’ve lost, you’ll never discover the treasure that lies just up ahead.”

MJ Davidson Reading “The Guest House”:

The Guest House

By Rumi (adapted by Coleman Barks)

This being human is a Guest House

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

 

The flyer for this service is here:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/oos-20180805.pdf