Inspired by Stevie Wonder lyrics from “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” and “Have a Talk with God”, in this sermon we explore two different healing aspects in life, human connection and solitary exploration with the divine. Music in this podcast by Jackie Venson. Recorded 6-12-16.
The way we live is more important than the goal of living. Our greatest problem is not how to continue, but how to exalt our existence. Eternity is not a perpetual future, but a perpetual presence. Music in this podcast by Jackie Venson. Recorded 05-22-16.
Rabbi Heschel talks about a mutual echo between ourselves and the divine: God needs us to be the actors and agents of righteousness and integrity, and we’re in need of breaking free from the motivations of personal satisfaction. Music in this podcast by Jackie Venson. Recorded 05-08-16.
Rabbi Heschel says that awe is necessary for religious life, but is not sufficient to produce action. We must give ourselves over to a higher “Yes”, higher needs than our own, to feel needed by God. Authentic vs. artificial needs, happiness, and more covered within. Recorded 04-24-16. Music in this podcast by Jackie Venson.
We explore more of Rabbi Heschel’s teachings this week as we explore what it means to be part of an eternal spiritual movement. Religions ask something of their followers; it is not enough to simply claim belief, you must be willing to stand for something. The most important things to stand for are Integrity, Compassion, and Inner Freedom. Recorded 4-10-16. Music in this podcast by Jackie Venson.