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All Souls Unitarian Church

Worship Sunday Mornings
The Point @ 8:30 am
Traditional @ 10 am
Contemporary @ 11:30 am

2952 South Peoria
Tulsa Oklahoma 74114
918.743.2363

info@allsoulschurch.org

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Sunday, August 3

THE COURAGE TO BE

Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister

10:00 A.M.

We would all like to be brave in the face of difficulty, in the face of our fears. Brene Brown writes, “Courage is a practice.” I would argue that courage is a spiritual practice. As the etymology reminds us, the Latin root is Cor, or heart. Being courageous is about acting from and speaking from your heart.  There is a vulnerability that coexists with any true act of courage. Before we can do so with clarity we must also have the courage to look into ourselves. In his seminal work, The Courage to Be, existentialist philosopher and theologian Paul Tillich historically reviews the struggle between the courage to be oneself and the courage to be a part. Tillich believes we must face doubt and meaninglessness to arrive at true courage. Join me as I explore what it means to have the courage to be.

11:30 A.M.

The crucifixion story leaves us with one of the most powerful tools of courage that I can imagine.  In the midst of betrayal, in the darkness, in the middle of the day, confronted with doubt and meaninglessness, Jesus has the courage to cry out what was on his heart “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”  Jesus addresses the very God he has issue with, an argument for a connection even in what appears to be separation.  There is a vulnerability that coexists with any true act of courage. Before we can do so with clarity we must also have the courage to look into ourselves. We would all like to be brave in the face of difficulty, in the face of our greatest fears.  Join me as I explore what it means to have the courage to be.




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Our church is a worshiping community. Each Sunday morning we come together to be reconnected to life's ultimate concerns. Our services are respectful of the Judeo-Christian heritage, but open to a variety of religious and ethical traditions. Excellent music is an important part of our worship services.

The sermon each week is an inspiring message that engages those issues that give meaning and substance to our everyday lives. The messages are never presented in a way to give listeners "the truth," but, instead, encourage them to question the assumptions and ideas we so often take for granted.

 

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