Nancy Owen Nelson has been a member of First UU Detroit since the Spring of 2012.She has been a college English professor and has published research and creative work.A universally shared feeling, difficult to express: Immigrants who become homesick upon seeing something that reminds him or her of motherland, the place where theyve felt most at home even as they are overjoyed to be part of this new free country. Inspired by the 7th principle of Unitarianism, I look forward to discussing separation, attachment, and connection, which are salient themes in my poetry and stories. Perkinson is a long-time activist/educator/poet from inner city Detroit, currently teaching as Professor of Social Ethics at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary and lecturing in Intercultural Communication Studies at the University of Oakland (Michigan). Order of Service Stephen Henderson is editorial page editor for the Detroit Free Press, hosts a daily radio show, Detroit Today, on WDET 101.9 FM, Detroits public radio station as well as weekly tv shows American Black Journal and Mi Week, both on Detroit Public Television. Stephen Hendersons awards include the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, the 2016 Scripps Howard Award, the 2017 ASNE writing award for editorials.Diane De Cillis poetry collection, Strings Attached (Wayne State Univ. Former editorial page editor of The Michigan Daily, Henderson has been a reporter or editor of a number of major newspaper organizations, including the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau, where he covered the U. He was also the National Association of Black Journalists pick for Journalist of the Year in 2014.
My sermon will deal with some of these issues, based on more than 45 years of pastoral experience and 79 years of just living!Mostly we prefer, understandably, to deal with the former, and mostly avoid the latter until we are confronted with our own mortality or that of someone we care for.But in so many ways the discussion of death, and of how we die, is as important as any topic of life itself.Order of Service Typically in a city like Detroit, a celebration of Labor Day evokes hard hats and assembly lines, but when I was a member of the UAW, I worked in a public school for emotionally impaired children in Inkster.Traditional concepts of "labor" have changed as off-shoring and mechanization advance, but what about all of the other ways we work? Valerie Mapstone Ackerman was ordained by First UU Detroit in 1998 after completing an internship here with The Rev. Ministry was a second career for Valerie following a career in social work.
Are these labors of love and necessity worthy of celebrating too? She has degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Michigan, and Meadville Lombard Theological School.