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UU Service

Daniel Gregore

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, in the first of a two-part talk, The Rev. Daniel Gregoire discusses the misuses of fear in a time of dangerous global political uncertainty.

UU Service
“The Misuses of Fear, Part 1”
By Rev. Daniel Gregoire
Sun, Jul 2, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15
Free
www.uufsma.org

Leaning on Unitarian Universalist principles and the writings of Mother Theresa, the book of “Ezekiel” in the Hebrew Bible, and pop singer Madonna, the Rev. Gregoire explores the spiritual implications of the fear emotion. He takes the provocative position that fear is necessary and transformative. Rev. Gregoire reflects on certain childhood experiences to illustrate the power of fear to transform in Part 1. In Part 2, he invites the congregation to consider the role of fear in contemporary political life and its power to promote or hinder our spiritual growth. His intent is for the congregation to walk away from the two-part service with an increased appreciation of many ways that fear impacts lives, and the interesting ways that fear propels us to become our best selves.

The son of Haitian immigrants, Rev. Gregoire is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton, nestled in the bucolic hill country of the Blackstone River Valley of Central Massachusetts. Grafton and Upton were among the many prosperous mill villages that powered the 19th-century Industrial Revolution in the United States and sits at the crossroads of Unitarian and Universalist history in New England. Before returning to New England, he served as the assistant minister at the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia for three years. He also served as intern and student minister in UU churches in New York and Maryland. Rev. Gregoire is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and his ministerial interests include liturgy, homiletics, ritual performance, criticism, and a commitment to promoting activism. His faith, he says, is predicated on a sense of love that motivates us to live on purpose and with intention for positive change.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 am at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for hospitality and discussion afterwards. Wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit www.uufsma.org.

 

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