Sunday Meeting - Even the Black Sheep Has a Shrine
Dr. Michael S. Franch, Dean of the AEU National Leaders Council
President Andra Miller Presides
My black sheep brother, reconnected after years in which his whereabouts were unknown to the family, lay dying.
I discovered that his circle of friends, coworkers, and neighbors held him in high regard and deep affection. There was more to David than I had realized. There's always more to other people than we realize. Our religion addresses part of that when it talks about worth and dignity. It also provides a ladder so we can, in the words of Felix Adler, "surmount those walls which surround the shrine" in the other. If we don't try, he said, we ourselves are spiritually dead.
Dr. Michael S. Franch was Leader of the Baltimore Ethical Society for nine years and is Dean of the AEU National Leaders Council. He is affiliate minister at First Unitarian Church, Baltimore. Trained as a historian, he spent most of his career in health care policy for with Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He likes English country dancing, which he also calls, is an urban bicyclist (has only been hit once) and plays the concertina. Recently he made $8.70 busking with friends at a local farmers' market.
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