Poetry in Praise of Nature

Rarely a week goes by when we do not hear of another way humanity is disregarding the complex and delicate relationship between human beings, all forms of life, and the earth’s eco-system.

Our culture has been driven for so long so automatically and unquestioningly by an attitude of conquering nature and extracting all we can from it – not merely to fulfill our basic needs –  but to feed a ravenous appetite for affluence without regard for long-term consequences.  Alternative paths have been all but forgotten.

Over the last ten years, we seem to have entered a time when the consequences of this exploitive relationship to the Earth and Nature is generating unforeseen consequences. Rarely does a month go by without some new reminder that nature – in the form of aberrant weather patterns or in some other way–  is beginning to reflect a response to humanity’s disregard of Nature’s balance.

On this Sunday Rev. Ed Brock will share some poems that point to a relationship to nature different than the one that permeates our culture and society.

The Poetry of Daily Life

Alabama’s Poet Laureate, Jennifer Horne, encourages people to treat poetry not as something separate and different and on another plane from daily life, but as an integral part of it.

 

Choir Sunday

Our choir leads this special service, singing their “greatest hits” of the season before taking a break for the summer.

“The Ground”
“If Music Be the Food of Love”
“Ubi Caritas”
“Alleluia”
“Sicut Cervus”
“One More Redeemer”
“When the Song of the Angels is Stilled”

Resilience: A Personal Perspective

Rev. Ed Brock gave a series of sermons this year on the theme of resilience. His interest in this subject was not merely intellectual. During the last 12 months he went through a series of challenges completely outside the sphere of church life, which put his understanding of resilience to good use. On this Sunday he will end his series of sermons on resilience by sharing a personal perspective on this theme, grounded in his own experience.

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