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Is Amazon Prime the Best, or Worst, Idea Ever? (Future Tense: week 3)

Earlier this week, Carri and I decided to make some organizational improvements to our bathroom. We did all the research – checked out prices, read all the articles about organizations, figured out a budget, all in an afternoon. And then, in a few clicks, we ordered about 8 different things within 2 days later, with free shipping!

I have to tell you, it was perfect. Good prices, and all so fast. No lines. No trips to stores where we find nothing useful. And, if things work out as we hope, our mornings will be so much more efficient.

A few years ago, this whole experience of extreme-efficiency and on-demand living would’ve been – unimaginable. But today, it’s normal, taken-for-granted.

I’ve heard a lot of conversation lately about the ethics of Amazon, and other similar models that prize efficiency, immediacy, and convenience and disregard things like fair labor practices or environmental impact.

But, I’ve heard less about how we are being changed by a world where these models are a given. How they change what we expect from each other, what we cherish in our relationships, what we nurture in ourselves. The ethics of who we are, and who we are becoming, in the context of our (new) normal. And how our faith calls us to be with and for one another in our emerging future.

These are the questions I’m taking up this Sunday in the last service in our Future Tense series. Hope to see you. 8:30, 10, or 11:30.

Be sure to check out the great resources from this Sunday, below.

In partnership,
Rev. Gretchen

Notes from Future Tense: Week 3 – White Lies   
Listen to the message

NPR’s White Lies
Podcast
Visual Story
Resources

Mentioned in the Service
Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race
Proposed 8th Principle

Music
We sang our series theme song People Get Ready
James Mitchell sang Redemption Song
We sang MaMuse’s We Shall Be Known and the civil rights classic We Shall Overcome

Further Resources
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo – Join the Foothills Book Group
Join the Foothills coffee conversations on race
Children’s Books addressing race and ethnicity
Raising an Anti-Racist Child
“How Do I Handle My Unapologetically Racist Son?”
Resources for Parents and Families on Race and Racism

Remember
We can’t imagine a future without racism if we don’t see the racism of the present
How can you help undo the stories of Fort Collins being “so white,” or that there are not people or color in our community?
In what ways does this connect to your spiritual commitments and our UU principles?

Check out this message from Patricia Miller and our Share the Plate partner, Alianza NorCo. And be sure to join us this Sunday for our final Sunda supporting their important work.

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