Building the Foundation of Love

Dr. Mark Yount presents
“Building the Foundation of Love”
Elizabeth DeCoux, Worship Leader
Dr. Gary Smart, Accompanist
First Coast Flute Choir, Guest Musicians

The “Values and Covenant” statement of the article 2 revision to be moved at General Assembly begins, “Love is the enduring force that holds us together.” The proposal redrafts our familiar seven principles by “building on the foundation of love.” This sermon will argue that the foundation of love is empathy, and that current research-based critiques misunderstand what empathy is. By using philosophy to clarify what we actually experience we can better appreciate how crucial empathy is, and how from its foundation we might indeed transform the world “through liberating love.”

About Our Speaker:

Since joining BBUUC in 1997, Dr. Mark Yount has given over 125 sermons, chaired several committees, served on Leadership Development, on the Board as Trustee and Vice President, and as Youth Advisor for most of the past 20 years (one of his great passions). Mark has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and taught college philosophy courses full-time for 12 years, before a second career in addiction treatment administration and helping homeless/at-risk people apply for disability benefits. He is now retired and writing a book entitled Wisdom on the Way: Seeing Ourselves Whole through the Worldview Wars.

About Our Guest Musicians:

First Coast Flute Choir members have been making sweet music together since 2014. All volunteers, with various backgrounds, players are linked by their love of the flute. The choir utilizes all members of the flute family: piccolo, C flute, Alto flute in G, Bass flute, and even Contrabass flute. Their music represents many different styles, cultural heritages, and historical periods. FCFC regularly performs at the Florida Flute Convention in Orlando, Christmas at the Cathedral District, Riverside Arts Market, libraries, and at area churches, as part of their services and for special event concerts.