It is a fascinating irony–we live in a time in which religion is less important to people's lives, yet one in which religious beliefs continue to guide political debates. The arguments about hot button social issues are often grounded in deep seated religious differences.
As a preacher I try hard to speak of the underlying theological and ethical issues that are present in contemporary life, and to do this in a way that addresses the personal and communal issues involved. This usually means my sermons are a blend of individual concerns and social issues. My social stances primarily grow out of pastoral concerns for people's lives, both in our congregation and the community at large.
I haven't done a series on social issues for quite some time. So for the five weeks I am going to look at where we stand on the prevalent hot button issues of the day. This Sunday I will revisit the Biblical underpinnings for the pro-choice movement. On our Agape Meal Sunday, May 13, I'll preach on the value of diversity in society. May 20 will bring the hottest topic, "What does the Bible have to say about guns?" Memorial day weekend the focus will be Christianity and patriotism. And I will conclude with Open and Affirming Sunday on June 3 as we celebrate our ONA stance and I will preach on current developments in denominations and LGBTQ issues.
I hope that you will enjoy these sermons and I look forward to feedback. Each week after worship I will hold a sermon talkback discussion in the sanctuary. As always, we learn best when we listen to each other. I hope you will share your thoughts with me.
See you in church,