David Dean presents
“To Bless and Not to Curse”
A sermon written by UU Minister Rev. Julie Stoneberg
With Donna Zimmerman as Worship Associate
Sydney Crisp, Accompanist
Special Music by Mike Ludwick, guitar and vocals
Often, I think, this ability to bless others, and our world, is born in our experience of feeling blessed. One depends on the other. The more we bless others, the more likely they are
David Dean, BBUUC member and an integral part of our Worship Team, is an Emmy-nominated editor who works as Senior Editor/Post-Producer at Samantha Brown Media. David volunteers his time as the editor of our worship videos and contributes to the team his other talents in the worship arts. He is also a terrific presenter, writer, storyteller, and is often referred to as a magician by his Worship colleagues.
Rev. Julie Stoneberg began her ministry with the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough in August 2007. She grew up as a “preacher’s kid” in the upper Midwest of the U.S., and is part of a large and loving family. Julie obtained a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, and before coming to Peterborough, served Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship in Thunder Bay, ON. Julie’s personal theology is grounded in process and community. She believes that we are all on an unfinished journey that is best traveled in the company of others. In addition, she believes that our lived lives, our individual experiences, provide the context in which we create our beliefs and ideas. What we think and what we do matters. And, most importantly YOU MATTER.
“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.