Respect Beyond Tolerance – February 5, at 10:30 AM

Unitarian Universalist minister Forrest Church wrote in a sermon in 1998, “Acceptance trumps tolerance.” Let’s stretch that even further and swap the condescending tone of tolerance for the deeper meaning and relationship that comes with true respect.

After the Service:
Minister Maggie Yenoki Delivers a Message of Love and Respect
SUUS Minister Maggie Yenoki delivers a message of love as members and Onionaires listen with open ears and open hearts. The February 5th message was on respect beyond tolerance. Yenoki reflects, “But are we just as bad as those we criticize when we have no tolerance for those who are in support of ideas that oppose ours…?”
Minister Maggie Yenoki illustrates story with hammer and nail
The minister illustrates a story by hammering a nail into a wooden board in the middle of the sanctuary. “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. No matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”
Doris Wenpei Wang plays "De Colores" on piano.
SUUS pianist Doris Wenpei Wang closes the service with the song, “De Colores” from the UU hymnal “Singing the Living Tradition.” Wang is new to SUUS as of January 2017 and is currently a graduate student at the California State University at Northridge.