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November 20th, 2008
Unitarians welcome new minister

The San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is very pleased to welcome their new minister to the pulpit this Sunday, November 23. Rev. Aaron White will deliver his sermon 11:00 a.m. at UCM-Wesley at 604 N. Guadalupe across from Jones Food Court on the Texas State University campus. Parking is available in the university parking lot above UCM. The public is invited to hear this exciting religious speaker.Rev. White’s sermon will focus on Thanksgiving. He says that much scientific research is beginning to suggest that a conscious and regular practice of gratitude can bring us, not only emotional well-being, but increased physical health as well. Rev. White quotes Professor Robert Emmons at UC Davis on human happiness and fulfillment: “Gratitude is literally one of the few things that can measurably change people’s lives.” Rev. White points out that religious thinkers, too, have known this for thousands of years. He quotes the medieval Christian mystic, Meister Eckhart: “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” Rev. White asks as we approach the day of Thanksgiving, how might we practice gratitude in a way that shapes a better life?

Rev. White received his undergraduate degree in religion from Austin College in Sherman. He studied religion at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and went on to Harvard Divinity School where he graduated in June of 2007.

Rev. White was introduced to Unitarian Universalism while at Austin College. He visited the UU church there and has spent very few Sundays away from a UU church since that day. Rev. White says, “I was immediately drawn to this historic faith, which calls it members to walk together in curiosity, service and authenticity. I was stunned to find a religious home where my questioning mind was expected to exist as part of my spiritual life, and where the insights of religious humanism were matched with poetry and metaphor in religion. My UU theology mirrors the words of Rev. Forest Church when he said that ‘Unitarianism proclaims that we spring from a common source; Universalism that we share a common destiny.'”

After graduating from seminary in June of 2007, Rev. White moved back to his home state of Texas and married his college sweetheart, Kate. He began a year-long ministerial internship at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church in north Austin. He was ordained into the Unitarian Universalist Ministry at Live Oak UU Church in May of 2008.

After completing a term as Summer Minister for the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Rev. White has also been hired by the Southwest UU Conference for a one-year term as the Young Adult Minister for the district.

Rev. White says, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve this vibrant religious congregation, which is committed to inclusion of all people and service to our community in San Marcos. We welcome you to join us on any Sunday as we work to build lives of deeper love and justice together.” For more information, visit the church Website at www.smuuf.org or call the church phone number at 396-2986.

by Jeannie Lewis
San Marcos Unitarian-Univeralist Fellowship

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