UUFSMA: Born Again Pagan / Steve Brooks

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Event Category: Religous/Spiritual

  • Born Again Pagan
    Steve Brooks

    Sunday, November 11, 10:30am  

    In a service titled “Born-Again Pagan,” speaker/songwriter Steve Brooks celebrates and explores the oldest of all old-time religions: the worship of nature. It’s a tradition that’s gotten bad press from mainstream religions for more than 2,000 years. But it’s a tradition, he says, that might be just what we need to save our planet.

    In the service, Brooks corrects many misconceptions about Pagans. Far from being godless, he says, they have more gods than any other religion. He’ll show the influence Paganism has had on Christianity, from holidays like Día de los Muertos to thinkers like St. Francis of Assisi. In fact, he says, one can be a Pagan and go right on being a Christian, Muslim, or Buddhist. You just have to make more room on your altar.

    Brooks speaks from personal experience. He became a Born-Again Pagan at age 25, not by converting from another religion, but by discovering that there was a name for the spiritual ideas he already had. He talks about how diverse Pagan beliefs can be. He’ll tell stories about what he’s learned personally from two traditions – Wiccan and Native American – and read from works by the Lakota medicine man Black Elk and the California witch Starhawk.

    He’ll also give a taste of Pagan ritual, by calling and releasing the four directions. As a performer, he’ll fill the service with music, including Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” Pete Seeger’s version of “Old-Time Religion” and his original Pagan Gospel song “Born-Again Pagan.”

    Steve Brooks is a musician and speaker from Austin who has brought his unique blend of message and music to more than 35 Unitarian Universalist churches, across Texas and beyond. He’s a charter member of Austin’s Wildflower Church.

    Musically, he’s known for writing a song-a-week for Jim Hightower’s radio show, and for songs that have been recorded by folk and Americana artists like Slaid Cleaves, Christine Albert, Russell Crowe, and more. He was twice nominated Singer/Songwriter of the Year at the Texas Music Awards, and he recently became the newest member of the legendary 60’s folk trio The Limeliters. A master of words as well as music, he was featured on TV’s “I’ve Got a Secret” as six-time World Pun Champion.

    Samples of his sermons and songs can be found at  www.stevebrooks.net. While in SMA, he will also perform his original songs Nov. 16 and 17, at the Shelter Theater VG4.

    The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us atchris.chase1955@gmail.com. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for hospitality and discussion afterwards. Wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit our web site at uufsma.org.

    Our fellowship was born in 1987 when a small group of expatriate religious liberals came together to meet as Unitarian Universalists in San Miguel de Allende. The fellowship has been active and thriving ever since. Every UU church has it’s own flavor, and we are no exception. We are a combination of expats and visitors, each actively engaged and contributing to this wonderful Mexican community we love. Because there is a coming, going, and returning aspect, our spiritual community is extremely fluid.  There is a magic in San Miguel which draws us in and binds us together—both as members of the church and of the larger community. Our programming is led by visiting ministers, community leaders, and church members, so the variety is lively. We have opportunities to meet as UU’s each week at discussion groups, breakfasts, luncheons, and in various other ways. Depending on the season, attendance fluctuates between 40 and 140. Our primary focus is on funding social action within the surrounding community. We love good music, good discussion, good food, and having visitors. We invite you to join us any Sunday morning.


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