A Fierce Unrest

Rev. Michael SchulerThe title for this Sunday’s service is drawn from a hymn by the same name whose text suggests that we humans are designed by nature for discontent. And indeed, contentment does seem to be an elusive sensation.  Should we seek or expect it?  Is contentment a worthy goal or does it inhibit active participation in the affairs of the world?

Michael A. Schuler has served for 25 years as the Parish Minister of the 1500 member First Unitarian Society of Madison, one of the largest Unitarian Universalist congregations in North America. His essays have appeared in various Skinner House publications as well as Dharma World and The UU World magazines. In May 2009 Berrett-Koehler publishers issued Michael’s book,Making the Good Life Last: Four Keys to Sustainable Living. He has been an avid distance runner for forty years and has practiced Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Hatha Yoga or the past 18 years.