Sunday, Sept. 28th
Birds of a Feather
Rev. Ann Benedetto
Guest minister Ann Benedetto talks about our sacred relationship with nature in her sermon “Birds of a Feather,” during the 11 AM service.
Rev. Benedetto says, “We’ll explore what it means to truly engage with the Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism – ‘Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are all a part’ – by looking at ancient indigenous cultures and their relationship with birds. What might be our role in behaving consistent with the reality that we are an active member of this magnificent web? What ‘bird medicine’ have we lost contact with, since the focus of our society has become so materialistic? How can we do our part to mend this broken web?”
Rev. Benedetto is a former minister of LUUF. She was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 1991 at the New Seminary, New York City. She was a teacher for 38 years, including 18 at Edwin Gould Academy--a residential school for survivors of abuse and neglect--where she coordinated a health and interfaith spiritual life program. She served as a teachers’ union organizer and official for 31 years. In 2006, Rev. Benedetto received an environmental award from Skylands CLEAN for her efforts to preserve Passaic County’s Saddle Mountain. She is a founding member of Highlands Peace Action; board president for Strengthen Our Sisters, a shelter for battered women and children; and a board member of Kunsi Keya Tamakoce, a Lakota Two-Spirit community land project.