Grace Happens

By Jon Sievert

Have you ever experienced a moment of grace? Would you recognize it if you encountered one? At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meeting, the Reverend Claudia Frost explores the theological concept of “grace,” by noticing the characteristics of it and its place in our lives.

UU Service
By Rev. Claudia Frost
Sun, Nov 29, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Grace is not a subject many religious liberals talk about, although diverse theologians such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Merton, and Paul Tillich share similar views of its nature. It is not a magic substance, a strange phenomena only for the religious faithful, or a once-in-a-lifetime “free pass.” It happens both in times of goodness—when all is “right with the world”—and in times of betrayal, great sorrow, and pain. Across the spectrum of human nature and behavior, it is universal in both appeal and availability, regardless of religious belief. People use the word “grace” as though everyone knows what it means. But do they really understand the true nature of it? Rev. Frost shares her views on the importance of gratitude in connection with grace and how it can rescue us from despair and our own personal demons.

Rev. Frost is a 2008 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, one of two remaining Unitarian Universalist seminaries. After completing her internship at Emerson Unitarian Church, Houston, TX, Claudia joined the staff at Eno River UU Fellowship, Durham, NC as Minister of Pastoral Care following ordination. She was later called to Outlaw’s Bridge Universalist Church in rural eastern North Carolina where she still serves. Ministry is a second career for Claudia, following more than 30 years in critical care nursing before answering a call to ministry. She and her husband, David, are originally from San Antonio, TX but have lived in Chapel Hill, NC for many years.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at www.uufsma.org.

 

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