Following is a sermon preached at Westmoreland Church today, May 10, 2009, by Dr. Elizabeth Ferris. Dr. Ferris a former college professor, formerly with the World Council of Churches in Geneva, is now with the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC. For much of her career she has worked with displaced persons around the world, especially women and children. She and her husband, Barry Childers are Quakers but have become active “friends” of Westmoreland Church. The congregation was profoundly moved by her sermon.
A sermon preached at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, Bethesda, Maryland
by Elizabeth Ferris
Mother’s Day, 10 May 2009.
There are very few universal values in this wonderfully diverse world in which we live. There are different conceptions of beauty, different understandings of God, different ways of raising children. But a mother’s love for her children is one of the few values that really does seem to be universal. I think there is a more universal view of mothers’ love for their children than for fathers who may love their children just as fiercely as mothers do, but who may express it in very different ways.
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