Unitarian Universalist Service Welcomes Speaker Arvid Straube
By Jon Sievert
At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Rev Dr Arvid Straube asks how we can find hope in these dark times.
When watching or reading the news, it is easy to despair. But in these times, there are things that we can do to reflect the light of wisdom, compassion, and justice to make a difference, individually and in community.
With varying degrees of accuracy, the news mostly tells us the bad things that are happening. The late Rev Dr Forrester Church warned us against the sin of sophisticated resignation when there are always reasons to avoid engagement. But as the Dalai Lama said, “I believe the twenty-first century can become the most important century of human history. I think a new reality is emerging. Whether this view is realistic or not, there is no harm in making an effort.”
“Hope is something we make with our hands,” the songwriter and social activist Carolyn McDade said. Some of the most hopeful people are those who have a long history of working for peace and justice. They have had success and failures, learned many lessons, and “failed forward” by using what they have learned in defeat for the next struggle. In this way, they have managed to resist despair and cynicism.
We cannot do it alone, but together we can all reflect the light of hope, justice, and peace. Rather than adding to the voices of ill will and outrage, we can speak peace. We can be peace.
Straube served Unitarian Universalist congregations for 35 years in Washington State, North Carolina, and most recently as the lead minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. He earned an MA in divinity from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in ministry from Meadville Lombard Theological School. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity from Meadville, where he is now an affiliate faculty member. He currently has a ministry of spiritual direction and meditation coaching.
Straube has been practicing and teaching Buddhist meditation in the Vipassana tradition since 1975. Through his spiritual direction training at Shalem Institute, he also has grounding in the contemplative Christian tradition. His scholarly interests include the mystical and contemplative traditions of humanity and Buddhist and biblical studies. His ministry passion has always been to help people grow into their most authentic humanity. Straube lives near San Diego with his wife, Sonya Prestridge.
For more information about the UUFSMA, including our children’s religious education program, social action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities, and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30am at the Hotel La Aldea or check out the website uufsma.org
“Reflecting the Light”
Rev Dr Arvid Straube
Sun, Apr 28, 10:30am
Hotel La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15, Centro