Faith + Works: Seeds of Faith Seen and Unseen

Our Friends and Allies at the First UU of Essex have made the theme for the fall Faith + Works series Turn on the Love to keep our spirits high as we continue to navigate the complexities of this pandemic. Join us as we Turn on the Love this November with Sarah Townley: 

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen

(Hebrew 11:1)

Like a seed planted perhaps by a grandmother’s weathered hands pushed carefully into the soil or maybe by a birds’ droppings, it is unseen in that form again…. Faith is that which is tended with the work of love, and the hope that it brings forth flowers or barley.   ‘Conviction of things unseen’ is a guiding force that pushes the interconnectedness of people, plants and animals toward the light and that which requires a clarity unbound by forces of dualism.   Faith is cultivated by the work of hope and transformation, rather than forces of fear.   The generation of love within liminal spaces of the heart and concrete sidewalks in community are perhaps seeds of faith unbound.  Learning to be guided by the unseen seeds, may we explore the meaning of faith as it turns on the love in times uncertain.

Register on Eventbrite to join us at 4pm on Sunday, November 22, 2020

About Sarah:

Born in Nebraska, the 9th child of 10 to an immigrant farmer turned nurse and a dreamer turned physician.  My background includes work as a Nurse and study of Public Health where I had the fortune of learning from Dr Mindy [Fullilove] and Dr Lourdes [Rodriguez] about the interconnected roots of racism and income inequality on health in the spaces where we live, work and play. I am a nurse practitioner, and currently work with a consulting group focused on maternal and child health.  I’m active with the Good Shepherd social justice ministry in Inwood, NY where my husband Dave and I live with our 3 children. My spirit animal is a turtle and I enjoy hiking, singing & watercoloring with family & friends.

Faith + Works: Turn on the Love is a 4-part series during Fall 2020. Our final speaker will be Lesley Rennis on December 20th.

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