At well attended worship services on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2016, UUCC members, friends and visitors heard from a guest preacher, the Rev. Roger Bertschausen, as our annual stewardship campaign moved into its second week and a number of additional pledges were turned in.
Rev. Bertschausen’s topic was “Resetting the Bones.” His message was that living with differences across the world is not easy – not even in a small community like a congregation. There is inevitably pain and struggle and disunion. Yet building bridges and creating beloved community and loving (not hating) – these are the answers to the challenges facing Columbia, our state, and our world. See, hear and read the sermon below.
The following was a reading from Thomas Merton’s Seeds of Contemplation:
As long as we are on the earth, the love that unites us will bring us suffering by our very contact with one another because this love is the resetting of a body of broken bones–even saints cannot live with saints on this earth without some anguish. Without some pain at the differences that come between them.
There are two things (people) can do about the pain of disunion with other (people)–they can love or they can hate.
Hatred recoils from the sacrifice and sorrow that are the price of resetting the bones–it refuses the pain of reunion.
Rev. Bertschausen served as the minister of the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, WI from 1990 to 2015. During his ministry, the membership of the congregation grew from 100 to 700 members, making it one of the 20 largest Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States. Roger recently relocated to St. Louis, where he serves as the Assistant to the President of Eden Theological Seminary for Special Projects and travels nationwide as a consultant on church governance with Unity Consultants.
Steve Scott took the photos in the slideshow below and shot the video below.