January 14 & 15 – “Comfort the Afflicted”

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Comfort and challenge are both key functions of religion and of religious community – sometimes they seem to be complements to each other, and sometimes they seem to be in conflict. On this MLK weekend, we will reflect on the place of comfort in our era of controversy, and what it means for a spiritual community such as ours to be both a comforting and challenging place.


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