Thu, April 02

Service Notes 11-25-11

Living in a Material World at (SUUF)

On Sunday, Nov. 27, Rev. Paul Langston-Daly, minister for the Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will challenge our tendency to focus on financial and economic worries by asking, “Are these really our most important concerns?”   Join us as Rev. Paul discusses Jesus’ admonition to his followers to “render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” He will also ask, “How might this kind of shift in thinking be useful for us today? And how might it help us be more welcoming to others?” 

The service will be held at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road, with music provided by Beth Kingsley Hawkins, Minister of Music.

SUUF serves Sedona and the Greater Verde Valley. Its mission statement reads, “Our Fellowship is a place to grow in mind and spirit.  We promote a loving, just, and sustainable world through service, learning and action.” For more information, call 623-251-0177 or visit

The Old Testament: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

A class entitled “The Old Testament: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” will meet on Wednesdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley, 100 Meadowlark Drive in Sedona. The class will be conducted by Rabbi Alicia Magal and Dr. Paul Friedman based on videotaped lectures by Vanderbilt University Professor Amy-Jill Levine.

The Nov. 30 class, “Murder, Flood, Dispersion,” will explore Cain, Abel, Noah, the flood, the ark, and the world’s fresh start. These stories will be compared to the Babylonian myth of Gilgamesh, discussed regarding ancestral and contemporary values, related to present day equivalents for “sacrifice,” and otherwise examined from diverse perspectives.

The Dec. 14 class, called “Abraham’s Drama,” will analyze the Tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Abraham’s extraordinary life story. The group will discuss what evidence archaeology reveals about the Abraham’s historical existence, how Abraham compares to other trickster religious figures (like Kokopelli), Sarah’s role in saving the Jewish people (like many other Biblical heroines), Hagar’s role in the Muslim religion, and how this story prefigures the current Egyptian/Israeli relationship.

Class is free for members of the JCSVV, and $40 to cover this year’s series through May for non-members. For questions about this class or other activities at the JCSVV, call 928-204-1286.

Fundraiser for Free Community Children’s Clinic

Celebrate “Autumn in the Country” at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. Musicians Nancy Bright (member of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans) and Cynthia Strom (Strom & Ireland Productions) are working together to create this special program.  Local favorite Dave Rentz and other gifted performers will join them. Several children will also participate by performing songs in Spanish.

This musical event, narrated by Pastor Mari Larson, is a story told in song, about three children who leave their farm home in Arizona, attempting to follow their dreams.  The music will take you all the way from Arizona to Lakota country in South Dakota, Sonora, Mexico, and the Hawaiian Islands.  Come see how this modern parable turns out.

The fundraiser will be held in the current worship center of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church at 101 S. Main St. in Cottonwood. This is located in St. Anthony’s Plaza, (directly across from the Dairy Queen), near the cross street of Mingus Avenue.

Donations for the event will benefit the Free Community Children’s Clinic to be housed in the new Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church building. 

Refreshments will be served in the fellowship suite following the program. Be sure to mark your calendar and come early as a full house is expected for this exciting event.

For further information, contact Nancy Bright at 634-0067 or Cynthia Strom at 282-2044.

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