Speaker: Rev. Dr. Neal Jones

Neal joined Main Line Unitarian Church as Senior Minister on August 1, 2015.

A native of North Carolina, Neal earned his B.A. in political science from Wake Forest University, his M.Div. from Southeastern Theological Seminary, and his Psy.D. at Baylor University. He has served as the minister of a United Church of Christ and a Moravian church in North Carolina and of two UU congregations – the UU Fellowship of Waco, Texas, and the UU Congregation of Columbia, South Carolina. He was also the clinical psychologist of the Pastoral Counseling Center in Columbia.

Neal preaches and lives a practical spirituality that seeks personal wholeness, relational respect, social justice, and ecological responsibility.

The Politicizing of Shame

In this sequel to my prevous sermon, we’ll look at how shame is being weaponized in the public sphere. When we shame our opponents, we may win the battle, but we lose the war.

Ain’t That a Shame

The Biblical story of Adam & Eve provides a lens to examine one of life’s most excruciating emotions. We’ll discuss shame’s origins, some of the fig leaves we use to cover it, and how to heal it.

Nevertheless, She Persisted

The centennial of women’s suffrage is an occasion to look back for inspiration in order to look ahead with hope and courage.A special guest appearance by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt.

 

Music: Justin Solonynka, piano

 

The Art of the Apology

On this Jewish Day of Atonement, we will explore the most effective way to atone for our mistakes — apologizing.

Music: Liz and Carl Bligan, guitar and vocals

An Ocean Apart

Due to various factors, our American society was already a lonely place, but the social distancing of this pandemic has made us even lonelier. Let’s plumb the depths of loneliness — what it is, what causes it, and how we may grow beyond it.

Music: Helen … read more.

From Tolerance to Appreciation

We UUs strive to be aware and inclusive of the wide diversity of people. An understanding of diverse personality types can enrich our understanding of personal and congregational wholeness.



To Love Despite All

This is a sequel to my previous sermon on empathy. Just because we may be empathetic is no guarantee that others will be. Then what?