Please join us for in-person worship this Sunday, February 6 at 10:00 am! The bulletin for this Sunday is available for viewing HERE.
Sixth Sunday of Epiphany With Holy Communion
Sunday, February 6, 2022, 10 am
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Message: A Friend of God: Thich Nhat Hanh Rev. John Song
“What Christians Can Learn from His Legacy”
Thich Nhat Hanh, the great soul, passed away at the age 95 on Jan. 21, 2022 at the Tu Hieu Temple in Vietnam. He was a peacemaker. Even though he witnessed unspeakable horrors during the Vietnam war, he was not angry or fearful. He taught and practiced “engaged Buddhism” by applying Buddhist principles to social issues as well as to daily life. He encouraged his followers to take actions to improve the lives of the disadvantaged and promote peace. Dr. Martin Luther King called him a friend of God and recommended him for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize. He lived a simple life. He devoted his life to helping others achieve the peace which he lived on a daily basis.
Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between two great spiritual traditions, and brings to Christianity an appreciation of its beauty that could be conveyed only by an outsider. He was a prolific author, poet and teacher who has written more than 100 books, which have sold millions of copies in the United States alone. His followers number in the hundreds of thousands. In 2007, he published the bestseller, Living Buddha, Living Christ, in which he compared the teachings of Jesus and Buddha. We will draw upon Thich Nhat Hanh’s core teachings and legacy to illuminate and deepen our Christian faith.