As Dorothy Gale put it, “There’s no place like home!” But where is “home”? And don’t many of us have more than one? Terry Dixon will explore “dual belonging” – how many of us feel at home in more than one place, whether physically, socially, or even spiritually. And why that realization should make it easier for us to understand and welcome the “outsider” – especially refugees and others who cannot go “home” again.
Terry certainly feels spiritually at home at MLUC. He grew up in Dublin, Ireland but has lived in the U.S. since the 1980s and for the past 20 years or so, has been a member of this church. During that time, he has been honored to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees, a Worship Associate and chair of the Worship Committee, a member of the Mission Task Force, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, a member of a ministerial search committee, a facilitator for the meditation group, and a member of various other committees and teams. But he feels he has received so much more from this congregation than he has given. After a career in law, Terry completed his initial training as a hospital chaplain, and has now decided to pursue the path towards ordination as a UU minister. He is currently completing a masters in Contextual Theologies and Interfaith Relations at Trinity College, Dublin, and later this month, will start an M.Div. degree at Harvard Divinity School.
Music:Dr. Vincent Craig