Message: “Aging Beauty” from Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins

Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins - May 15, 2022

Aging Beauty

As we age, we have more opportunity to let our inner beauty radiate outward. Surface beauty mellows or fades, and we are invited to refine or redefine our perceptions of beauty – and aging. What does “old” mean to you? What is the relationship of aging and beauty to your understanding of our UU principles of acceptance and spiritual growth?

From Monthly: "Nurturing Beauty"

For May, our theme is Nurturing Beauty, and we’ll explore it in worship, small group discussion, and personal reflection. Theologian Robert McAfee Brown wrote: “Where beauty is apparent, we are to enjoy it. Where there is beauty hidden, we are to unveil it. Where there is beauty defaced, we are to restore it. Where there is no beauty at all, we are to create it.” Activist and songwriter Phil Ochs observed: “In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.” UU minister the Rev. Mary Katherine Morn says: “Beauty awakens and admonishes us… We are here, in religious community, not to hide from the anguished cries or the tender lullabies. We are here, in religious community, not to protect our hearts from breaking. We are here together to borrow courage for the task of coming alive. We are here so that together we might heed the admonitions of beauty. Answer the call to create, protect, and preserve.”

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