“Remembering Rosie: A 50-Year Journey of Grief from Theism to Humanism,” April 2, 2023

The Touchstones Theme for April is Grief. On April 2nd, our Beloved Ron Ahnen returns to deliver a sermon entitled “Remembering Rosie: A 50-Year Journey of Grief from Theism to Humanism.” How we understand and experience grief in our lives depends a lot on our personal faith. As our faith and spiritual lives evolve over time, so do our forms of grieving. Ron Ahnen explores linkages between faith and grief through a reflection on how he has grieved over the course of five decades the loss of his seven-year-old sister, Rose Marie, who died by homicide in 1973.

Ron Ahnen is a part-time student at Starr King School for the Ministry pursing a Masters in Divinity degree, with a strong interest in UU history and especially the development of religious natural humanism. He is also a Professor of Politics at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, where he teaches courses on, among others, Human Rights, Just War Theory, and the Politics of Imprisonment. Ron looks forward to retiring from college teaching to take up pastoral work in a UU setting.

Music is provided by Diedrik and Kaj Edholm, and Vera Vanderschalk.

This live in-person service takes place at Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019. 

Links to our Order of Service and most recent newsletter. The Zoom link to this service is now disabled.

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