Rev. Kaaren Anderson
Interim Minister of the First Parish Brewster (MA), Unitarian Universalist
Presents a virtual sermon for BBUUC:
Alyssa Halliday, Worship Leader
Dr. Gary Smart, Accompanist
Mike Ludwick, Guitar and Vocals, Special Music
“I want you to remember that the opposite of love is not hate. It’s isolation…”
Rev. Anderson urges us to change our view of love from a special connection with “one special person” to any moment “where we are given the gift of being pulled out of our isolation into a connection with someone else.” She recounts her time at First Unitarian in Rochester, New York, and learning from the interpreters hired to accommodate their growing deaf ministry to arrive at her conclusions about changing how we all think about love.
Don’t forget to bring your loose change (paper bills also accepted) for our first Sunday Pennies from Heaven collection benefiting First Coast No More Homeless Pets. Their mission is to make veterinary care affordable and accessible to all, as they save lives by keeping dogs and cats in homes and out of shelters. They operate the largest spay/neuter clinic in the country, with more than 20,000 surgeries a year targeting the animals most at risk of straining their partner shelters. They help people and their pets with affordable, accessible veterinary care through sustainable, industry-leading programs, services, and solutions. They are not a shelter but strengthen shelters with comprehensive programs like their Pet Food Bank, large-scale adoption events, and low-cost or no-cost spay-neuter programs.
About our Guest Speaker:
Rev. Kaaren Solveig Anderson (pronounced CAR-in) serves at the interim minister for First Parish Brewster UU. She recently served as the Interim Minister of the UU Fellowship in Vero Beach, FL. Rev. Kaaren received her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. She is also an artist and a published author of meditations and essays. She has served UU congregations throughout NY, MA and FL for the over 25 years. You can find out more about her at http://www.uurevkaaren.com.
“Firepit” Mike Ludwick taught himself to play guitar as a teenager, cutting his teeth on the Beatles and Bob Dylan. During the 2011 Occupy Movement, when Robert E. Lee Park (now Emancipation Park) in Charlottesville, Virginia, was being occupied by citizens, he played around a firepit until the park was cleared by police, leaving him with his nickname.
Music has been a life-affirming spiritual practice for him, dedicated to bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice, love, and peace.