Woven Green presents
An Evening of Meditation, Music, and Food"
Friday, April 24, 7:00 PM, at UUCS
Tickets are $15/advance, $20/door
Gay Men's Chorus of DC Concert Saturday,May 30th
Tapas/Bar 6:00 PM, Concert - 7:00 PM
To benefit People of Faith for Equality in Virginia $15 adult/$5 child Tickets!!
Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it at every moment.
Sacred words have play in secular society. We redeem our coupons and our recycling. We save our money. Indeed, most sacred words had secular meanings before they were employed for religious purposes. Some may claim that salvation is all about souls, but the word salvation was in use long before young men with white shirts and black ties knocked on your door with a pamphlet and a promise.
The word salvation is from the Latin salvus, meaning sound in the sense of whole or intact and referring to people’s health. The expression salvus sis means “may you be well” or, more freely, “good health.” The Hebrew word for saving is from the root yesh which implies broadness or width, and also spaciousness and freedom from constraint. My grandmother also comes to mind when I think of saving and salvation: she grew up in the Great Depression and found her freedom, her blessing, in saving everything because everything has some worth.
For this etymology and the gift of my personal history, I refuse to give the word over, wholly and without contest, to those who would claim it has only one meaning and purpose. Sure, I could use other words to convey my meaning, but words have power, and we would be wise not to cede that power. The next time someone promises … More...