Rev. Emilie Boggis
Co-Minister of the Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit (NJ)
Presents a virtual sermon for BBUUC:
“Rest is Resistance. Can I Gan an Amen?”
Kris Kines, Worship Leader
Dr. Gary Smart, Accompanist
Mike Ludwick, Voice and Guitar
Tricia Hersey, American poet, performance artist, and activist says, “What people aren’t expecting, is that I am calling you to resist grind culture. Full stop.” Rev. Boggis says, “She not only hands you a blanket. She also hands you a metaphorical flamethrower so that you can burn the culture of grind to the ground. Rest is, in fact, resistance. And she is calling on all of us to join together and resist…”
About Our Guest Speaker:
Rev. Emilie Boggis is one of our two called ministers at Beacon UU Congregation in Summit (NJ). She began her role with the congregation in September 2005 as Assistant Minister. In 2014, Rev. Boggis began taking on more of the ministerial aspects of congregational life, including membership, adult spiritual development and faith formation, and pastoral care. Emilie is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School (a UU seminary in Chicago) in June 2005. She previously worked as a Americorps*VISTA volunteer at Habitat for Humanity.
“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 moral universe toward justice, love, and peace.