“Why Me?” - Why do bad things happen to good people, particularly us? Why is the universe so profoundly unfair sometimes? How might we make sense of this? Rev. Rachel will delve into how the world's wisdom traditions answer these questions, offer her best answers, and explore how we might support one another in our questioning.
When Rev. Rachel Lonberg was four years old, her grandmother died. She asked her parents, "Why did Jesus get to come back to life, but grandma didn't?" That question brought her family to a Unitarian Universalist congregation -- and Rachel has been nurtured by our faith ever since. Rev. Rachel continued to ask questions during two years of volunteer service in the former Yugoslavia, during her studies at Union Theological Seminary, and while serving UU congregations. She serves our faith as the minister at People’s Church of Kalamazoo. She is married to Brian, a chef and brewer. They have a son, DeForest who is 2. The whole family is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new baby in April 2017. Rev. Rachel Lonberg BA: Dan S, SV: X-Factor, Choir
Ming Ten - 2090 Celebration Dr NE #215, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 - This is an opportunity for new attendees to meet current members in fellowship, friendship, and conversation. We're so happy to have you with us at All Souls!
"Fire and Salt," - Some old words speak to current times and the power our faith has to address them.
Fred Wooden came to Grand Rapids in 2005 to serve Fountain Street Church after serving four UU churches previously, the last being Brooklyn NY for eleven years. He is a fourth generation UU, a 1979 D. Min. graduate of Meadville Theological School, an editor of "Singing the Living Tradition," a former member of the Commission on Appraisal, the current Chair of the Board of Review, and a Democratic Candidate for the MI Third Congressional District for 2018. Fred is also a B'nai Noach member of Congregation Ahavas Israel where he often worships on Saturdays.
Rev. Dr. W. Frederick Wooden BA: Brenda L, SV: X-Factor, Instrumental/Choir/All Stars