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Sermon and preacher update for Sunday, Dec. 9, at UUSS

A DIRECTION OF THE HEART

Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson, Unitarian Universalist Association, with Rev. Roger & Rev. Doug. 

Special vocal music by Emily Fisher.  Hanukkah prayer by Eric Stetson.Our guest is an Icelandic Unitarian from Manitoba, Canada, a great speaker and bright spirit who serves as consultant and director for large church services for our denomination.  He will be co-leading a panel discussion after the 11:15 AM service.  About his sermon topic, he says:

“Religion is not knowledge,” wrote Rainer Maria Rilke, “not content of feeling … it is not duty and not renunciation, it is not restriction: but in the infinite extent of the universe it is a direction of the heart.”  While I cannot wholeheartedly agree with this great existentialist poet about what religion is not, I share his sense that, whatever else it may be, religion is a direction of the heart.

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