Liz Huddle, our lay leader for today, introduced our speaker, Rev. Barry Andrews. You can listen to her introduction here. She then used her considerable performance skills to read to us, including children, the story, "The Big Orange Splot," which you can listen to here.
Then Rev. Andrews, a scholar of the Transcendentalists, gave a sermon entitled "Dying to Wake Up." Rev. Barry said that for him, "the essence of religion is waking up, becoming alive. When I was a child, I used to say that familiar prayer: ‘Now I lay me down to sleep...’ Today my prayer is simply to wake up before I die. This is the prayer taught me by my reading of Emerson and Thoreau.” You can listen to his sermon here.
Those who want to hear more from Rev. Andrews may be interested in a workshop on Thoreau that he will be doing on March 23rd at the Tahoma UU Congregation. (For more information about the workshop, email Susie Maharry at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Today the tandem team of Jeri Carey and Alan Searle gave us a lesson in wholistic health, how to live and age well. Alan, an MD, and Jeri, a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) began by differentiating between health - genes, age, and health care; and wellness - the choices we make. Most interesting was the longevity calculator which uses health and wellness to calculate how long we should expect to live. You can download their slide show by clicking here and their talk and the discussion which followed by clicking here. You should be able to watch their slides as you listen to their talk.