July 28 Service at 10:30 AM
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his Journals in 1836, “Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.” With this, Emerson was not calling on his readers to create their own individual religions; he meant to encourage them to follow the Renaissance practice of compiling favorite quotes, poems, letters, and passages into a book to be used for reflection and inspiration. What spiritual wisdom and revelations move us? Who are the prophets whose words inspire, comfort, and inform our own lives? In this service, we will consider what it means to “make our own Bibles” in the 21st century world, drawing upon religious texts, literature, poetry, and social media.