and the Sacred Spark
Sunday, October 25
A video sermon presentation provided by the worship committee
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"The dancer Martha Graham once said: “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and since there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique; if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost."
Inspired by this quote, we will talk about the sacred life force (or spark) that runs through each of us, and we’ll explore the practices, beliefs, and systems that, like the dementors in Harry Potter, drain the vitality from our lives. Come experience an uplifting and inspiring service that will help us reclaim passion and vibrancy in our lives."
Ringing the Bell
Invocation & Opening Words
Welcome to our very special Halloween themed service! Before we begin today, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!
Adapted from words spoken by Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Of Our Hearts
Pastoral Reflection & Silence
For fans who support the LGBT community, it is only natural to be incredibly disappointed and hurt by JK Rowling’s statements. If you feel so moved as to throw away your Harry Potter books and boycott Rowling’s work, that is completely understandable. It is also important to hold Rowling accountable for her statements. This can come in the form of boycotting Harry Potter products and merchandise (personally, I am limiting my reread to books I already own as not to further financially support Rowling). This can also come in the form of social media activism. After all, the harm of her statements largely comes from the mere size of her platform. However, the sheer number of people who do not agree with her statements, while their platform is likely not individually as large as Rowling’s, combined, have an incredibly large platform.
For so many of us, Rowling’s books were an important part of our childhood. Recently, so much of the internet discourse has been about boycotting Harry Potter and the like, and while it is important to hold Rowling accountable for her actions, we do not need to “throw the baby out with the bathwater” so-to-speak, and we can still love her works without loving her; we just need to understand the complexities. We can still love Harry Potter for what it is, and also recognize the major problems with its author. What is important is that we all, no matter how we feel about Potter or Rowling, educate ourselves on issues regarding the transgender community and remember to call out transphobia when we see it.
Truly, I cannot say it better than Daniel Radcliffe himself; “If you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion, nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much.”
Excerpt from Can We Still Love Harry Potter while Recognizing Its Author’s Transphobia? By Leah Dobres at Students 4 Social Change
Offering and Invitations
Offertory Music by Sky
Story for All Ages: Where the Wild Things Are - Book Read Aloud by Maurice Sendak
Harry Potter and the Sacred Spark
A sermon by Mariela Perez-Simons
Musical Interlude by Sky
Let’s Talk About It
1. What causes a spark in you?
2. How do you avoid visits from the “Dementors”. (How do you avoid negative thoughts/feelings?)
3. When the “Dementors” do visit, what are some things you do to help get through it?
Benediction and Extinguish the Chalice
“Magic happens on mundane days. It happens when you least expect it. It brings a spark to our drab and monotonous days!”
― Avijeet Das