Midrash, Meaning, and Mercy

Midrash, Meaning, and Mercy

How does one deal with evangelists while remaining humble? Is there a middle ground between scripture as literal truth and as historical artifact? How do we communicate about what we actually believe when it’s so darn complicated?

Poetry can help. “Midrash, Meaning, and Mercy” is Miriam Axel-Lute’s poetry-themed service for Unitarian Universalist congregations, which explores various different ways to use poetry to examine religious questions and scripture, especially topics it may be difficult to discuss in standard conversation. The service incorporates a lot of poetry, Miriam’s and others. The sermon is more like an annotated poetry reading than a traditional sermon.

“Midrash, Meaning, and Mercy” has been given in half a dozen congregations in New York and New Jersey. If you would like to bring this service to your UU congregation, please e-mail me at miriam (at) mjoy (dot) org. I have a sliding scale based on the size of your congregation.

What people are saying about “Midrash, Meaning, and Mercy”:

“Your poetry and your warmth and wonderful delivery enchanted our congregation.”
—Angie Morfogen, vice president of the program committee, UU Congregation of Monmouth County

“Miriam’s well-crafted poetry service exhilarates the human spirit in many ways—with its intellectual content, with some musicality, and with the drama of a one-person show. There’s something here for every kind of UU.”
—Therese Broderick, humanist & poet

“Engaging and provocative. I thoroughly enjoyed the poetry, as well as the discussion of using poetry to tackle difficult and complex questions. Miriam gave me quite a bit to think about.”
—Lane Baldwin, writer and Unitarian Society of New Brunswick program committee member