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Sermon by Rev. Diane Rolllert,  11 October 2015


This past week, our monthly short story group (Seeking the Sacred in Stories) read this haunting story by Ursula K. LeGuin called “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas". It’s an allegorical tale, which is to say that it kind of reads like an ancient Greek myth or a classic fairy tale — the kind of real fairy tale that gives children nightmares. It begins with vivid imagery of a bold and glorious society preparing for the great Festival of Summer, its most beautiful youth riding horses to a race. Bells ring, children laugh, banners flutter in the wind. The people of Omelas are a happy people. They have no king, no slaves. They use no swords. They live without advertisements or stock exchanges. They have no secret police or bombs. These are people who have much to be thankful for.

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