~Sermon by Art McDonald
As we celebrate with Qui and family, as well as our new members, the young Murphy women, the two week long Chinese New Year celebration, I am aware of the enormous presence the nation of China has on the world stage. Maybe we all need to learn Chinese, especially since China casts this deep shadow on the world with its huge population and economy. And besides the significant presence of Chinese folks in the congregation, I’m also aware of how several members, Clint, the Parlees, most recently Maryanne Askwyth’s husband, Dave, Gordon and Amy travel to China for business and other reasons. Don’t we all need to know more and learn more about China if we are to understand what is going on in our modern world? I certainly do. But, also, as religious people and spiritual seekers, I am very curious about Chinese religion, both how it functions in China but also how various traditions emanating from China have influenced the West, as so many of us have incorporated Chinese religious ideas into our practices.