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Two by Two: A UU’s Perspective on Noah’s Ark


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“And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two by two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.” — Genesis 7:15

In this sermon, Harmony member Kif Corcoran examined the biblical account of Noah’s ark, when God decided to rid the world of corruption and violence through the murdering of innocent life.

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Two by Two: A UU’s Perspective on Noah’s Ark

  1. 1. Date: June 18, 2017 Topic: Two by Two: A UU’s Perspective on the Story of Noah’s Ark Service Leader: Kif Corcoran
  2. 2. Opening Words / Chalice Lighting Genesis 6:11-13 11 “Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. 13 Then God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.”
  3. 3. Music and Lyrics
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  5. 5. What is a White American Spiritual? - Dale
  6. 6. Excerpt from Dale’s Email 1. Did the fish even notice anything was going on? Why weren’t they punished too? 2. Waterfowl may have just bugged the hell out of Noah. (14 ducks flying around, indiscriminately landing on the superstructure of the ark, with Noah running around with a stick..."Get off there; we already have two of your kind!") 3. What's up with the marsupials? Noah might say, "Ok, we're on Mt. Ararat, everybody out!" He then adds, "Oh, you marsupials, you can't die, or mate, we don't want no fossil record around here, but you guys have to walk all the way to Australia!"
  7. 7. #1 The inherent worth and dignity of every person All human beings, except for one and a few of his close relatives, were judged as unworthy of being spared a terrifying and painful murder.
  8. 8. #2 Justice, equity and compassion in human relations Humans were killed without compassion and without the chance to justify themselves in equal power to their accuser.
  9. 9. #3 Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations Humanity was rejected and given no further chance to better itself.
  10. 10. #4 A free and responsible search for truth and meaning Humanity was not given the freedom to discover truth and meaning separate from the truth and meaning determined by God.
  11. 11. #5 The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large God allowed no democracy in the decision to begin the slaughter.
  12. 12. #6 The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all Peace, liberty and justice for all doesn't include almost everyone on Earth getting killed because they're judged as being unworthy.
  13. 13. #7 Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part God didn't have respect for the interdependent web of which we are a part. Instead, he took his divine broom and smashed the web.
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  15. 15. Discussion Questions: 1. Has anyone visited the full-size Noah’s Ark exhibit called “Ark Encounters” in Williamstown, Kentucky? What can you tell us about it? 2. As a young child, did you accept the story of Noah’s Ark and the flood? What troubled you? 3. Does accepting another person require us to avoid judging their ideas? 4. Can we acknowledge some inherent worth and dignity of a person and still believe the promotion of their idea is harmful? 5. What constitutes a responsible search for truth and meaning? 6. Should we avoid getting wrapped up in finding faults in other people’s beliefs?
  16. 16. Closing Quote