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Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center

https://www.murraygrove.org/

News of Murray Grove Sestercentennial Activities

The Sestercentennial is happening on line this fall: October 2 through 4. Here is what is planned so far!

Murray Grove Sestercentennial Oct. 2 - 4, 2020. The registration fee is $149. Here is the information posted on the Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center’s website.

No matter what you call it – sestercentennial, semiquincentennial, bicenquinquagenary, or just plain 250 th – 2020 is a big year for Universalism. It is the 250 th anniversary of John Murray’s famous 1770 sermon in Thomas Potter’s chapel in Good Luck, New Jersey. We celebrate 2 and ½ centuries of Universalist contributions.

JOIN US VIRTUALLY OCTOBER 2 – 4, 2020
The plans for our Sestercentennial Celebration (Oct 2 – 4, 2020) are firming up!

“My Theology Is Not About Me: Universalism’s Vertical Dimension in a Pluralistic Age” Our Saturday Theme Speaker: Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, River Road UU Congregation

Over the course of the 20th century and beyond, American Unitarian Universalists have increasingly framed the Universalist message as a testament to the fundamental goodness of people rather than the fundamental goodness of God. Father Ballou and so many others over our 250 year history certainly had it the other way around – it is the infinite goodness of God that saves us, not the infinite potential of our own capacities. For years, I’ve been writing about modern Unitarian Universalism’s high theological anthropology. With this comes an often-problematic assumption that people are already basically good and as such, more in need of affirmation than of transformation in our congregational contexts. In this talk, I’d like to explore those challenges, such that even those of us who do not affirm an overly theistic vertical dimension in our theology can assert a robust call for transformation, atonement, reconciliation and restoration in our faith tradition.

“21st Century Expressions of Universalism” Saturday Panel: Mark Hicks, Meadville Lombard Theological School

Mark Hicks, Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Fahs Collaborative at Meavdville Lombard Theological School, will present a panel addressing “21 st Century Expressions of Universalism.” He is engaging 8 vital individuals to record their stories of ways our Universalist heritage is playing out in how they navigate challenges of this time. The recorded stories will be followed by live Q and A.

Sunday Service: Rev. Justin Schroeder, First Universalist Church of Minneapolis Rev. Justin Schroeder, senior co-minister of the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, will present a virtual worship service on Sunday, October 4th, 10am Central time, zoomed directly from Minneapolis to individuals and congregations across the continent. The theme for the service is: 250 years of Universalist heritage and its meaning for our time.

Click Here for speaker bios.

Also:

  • Dedication of the restored Thomas Potter grave site at Good Luck Cemetery, Lanoka Harbor, NJ
  • Dedication of a representation of the Hand in Hand at Murray Grove Retreat & Renewal Center, Lanoka Harbor
  • Virtual History Re-enactors
  • Video of “Love Notes” (more info about this musical performance on the website)
  • Workshop on extemporaneous preaching – Rev. Mellen Kennedy
  • Workshop on Lydia Jenkins, the truly first Universalist ordained woman – Rev.Barbara Coeyman
  • Heritage hunt and archaeological findings

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