‘Dying to Live’ – Unitarian Universalists April 8

Published 5:37 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will meet at the Tryon Youth Center on Rt. 176 N. on Sunday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. The speaker will be Reverend Jean Rowe, who will speak on the topic, “Dying to Live.”
“The truth of Easter and Passover is this,” Rowe said, “to reach the promised land, there will be passage through the wilderness, through the valley of the shadow of death. It’s a truth at the heart of life.  There have been exceptions in some sweet places on earth: on some peaceful islands in the Pacific, in a village in China that is governed by women… but by and large, a dedication to peace, love and forgiveness comes only on the other side of great suffering, death and war.”
According to Rowe, there must be endings before there are new beginnings. The fire must burn before the phoenix rises, she said; the hero dies before the community is saved. It is a universal story, Rowe said.
“This is true in our personal lives as well,” Rowe said. “We cannot begin again without leaving something behind, or experiencing death.”
Come early to share fellowship and refreshments. There will be a board meeting after the service to which all members are invited. For information, call 828-894-5776 or visit www.uutryonnc.org.
– article submitted
by Dan Dworkin

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