Healing Trauma with the Help of the Buddha by Rev. Taizan Alford
Shakyamuni Buddha has been quoted as saying: I teach one thing and one thing only… suffering and the end of suffering. Rev. Taizan Alford, will explore ways the principles and practices of Soto Zen Buddhism might help alleviate the roots of suffering stemming from old trauma. How can the eightfold path of Buddhism lead to new ways of reacting to old hurts and provide a way out of suffering for everyday people?
Taizan Alford has been a member of the Fellowship since 1998. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest in training by Sosan Flynn at Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul, MN in 2016. He recently spent three months in residency at the Zen Mountain Monastery in Upstate New York. When not traveling for zen training his lives in Appleton with his husband, Tom Pynenberg.
June 20 Order of Service
Summer at the UU Movies (1) – Adventures in Misunderstanding:
Lessons from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
This classic Tim Burton stop-motion animation movie tells the story of Halloween Town and one resident’s desire for something more in life. But ultimately he discovers he needs to be true to himself and his community! Join us for an exploration of the themes of this family-friendly story of holidays, culture, communication, self-exploration, and striving for more.
June 27 Order of Service
Summer at the UU Movies (2)- The Purposes of Time Travel: Back to the Future
by Rev. Barbara H. Gadon and the worship staff at Eliot Unitarian Chapel, St. Louis, MO
36 years have passed since this iconic film was released in 1985 – longer than Marty McFly travels to encounter his parents as teenagers. What does this movie say to us now? And why are we so in love with time travel?
Summer at the UU Movies (3) – Saving What We Love: Star Wars the Last Jedi
by Revs. Kristin Grassel Schmidt and Christian Schmidt, plus worship teams from UU Church of Silver Spring (MD) and UU Church of the Brazos Valley (Bryan, TX)
“We’re going to win this war not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love.” — Rose; In this Star Wars movie, the eighth of the mega-franchise, this startling quote appears. It speaks truth to our anti-racist efforts we all need to be reminded of: we have to save, even create, the community we love, not just fight against the things we hate. Our anti-racist work is incomplete if it doesn’t include joy, love, and community.
Summer at the UU Movies (4) – Give Me a Sign: Bruce Almighty
by Rev. Lara K-J Campbell from First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Kennebunk, Maine.
Throughout the ages, we humans have been flinging our arms to the heavens, crying out “give me a sign!” Join our guest Rev. Lara Campbell as we explore the idea of signs.
Summer at the UU Movies (5) – The Fifth Spirit and the Making of a Future We Cannot See: Frozen 2
Service created in collaboration and presented by minister Rev. William Levwood, DRE Helen Rivers Cassara, and Music Director Angel de Armendi of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee with special guest Li Kynvi