Tony’s sermon this Sunday (a companion piece of sorts to his “Get Behind Me, Satin” sermon on July 21st) will examine the development of the notion of hell, from being another word for the grave to the later notion of eternal punishment, and why our UU ancestors rejected eternal punishment as impugning the nature of God.
Tony will also explore why many people still believe in hell; why UUs don’t (it has something to do with doctrines of human nature); and what UUs can say to those who do. Again, it might be a good service to invite friends to, especially those who don’t know what this UU thing is about.
Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen began his half-time ministry here at Unitarian Church North in July 2019, though he was a frequent pulpit guest for a year and a half before. Tony studied to be a Catholic priest before being ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1975. His last pastorate was at Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine, Wisconsin (where he served for over 40 years).