October 30, 2016: Healing Our Past

Mainstream American culture acts as if everything important happened today, or will happen in the near future, like a car driving down the highway with no rearview mirror.  Yet the majority of other world cultures know that our past is intimately intertwined with the present.  Día de los Muertos, and festivals like it, are a […]

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As the United Nations works for human rights, how does our faith intersect to call us to action?  As October 24 is United Nations Day, and the Unitarian Universalist Association has an office at the United Nations, we will reflect on healing through policy change. [Note:  Rev. Alex McGee will be preaching.] Theme Question:  What […]

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October 16, 2016: Help Heal the World

Read the Order of service. In 2007 the Unitarian Universalist Association began a national marketing campaign which had as its tagline:  “Nurture your spirit; help heal the world.”  This might sound like a grandiose objective, were it not for that first word, “help …”  When we set our goal as helping to heal the world we […]

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October 9, 2016: Repentance and Return

Read the Order of Service. Am I in the right sanctuary?  I can see that some of you’re wondering.  Isn’t this a Unitarian Universalistcongregation?  What’s all this talk about “repentance” and “sin” and “God”?  In some religious traditions you don’t talk openly about sex, for instance, or social justice.  In ours …? Yet we know – or […]

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October 2, 2016: The Wounded Healer

Read the Order of service. Most of us take a lot of care to keep our most wounded, most vulnerable parts of ourselves as out of sight as possible.  We want to show the world our strengths, not our weaknesses.  Yet all deep spiritualties agree that our woundedness is, paradoxically, our greatest strength.  Can our wounds […]

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Everything Turns, Rotates, Spins, Circles, Loops, Pulsates, Resonates, And Repeats. Circles Of life, Born from Pulses Of light, Vibrate To Breathe, While Spiraling Outwards For Infinity Through The lens Of time, And into A sea Of stars And Lucid Dreams. That was Suzy Kassem poem, “Circle of Life.” The Autumnal Equinox was this past Thursday. It’s one […]

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September 18, 2016: The Power of a Promise

Read the Order of Service. Unlike the vast majority of religious traditions, the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition is not held together by creeds – commonly held beliefs – but by covenant – the promises we make to one another in community.  It has been this way since at least 1648 when our Congregational ancestors drafted “The […]

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September 11, 2016: From One, Many

Read the Order of Service. Our annual Balloon Sunday is a celebration of another way we live community — each of the dozens of balloons adorning the sanctuary is filled with the same “breath,” yet each remains unique unto itself.  When we release them to fly to the sanctuary ceiling we remind ourselves that we, too, […]

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September 4, 2016: From Many, One

Read the Order of Service. With the start of a new school year our congregation feels as if it’s starting off on a new year, too.  Each year we symbolize this “ingathering” through the creation of a common pool of water as part of our “water communion” service.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a small container […]

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August 28, 2016: Being a People of Peace

Read the Order of Service Our monthly themes are not abstract or randomly-selected topics. Rather, in each month we are asked to consider various attributes of Unitarian Universalism, to consider what it means to say that Unitarian Universalists are a particular kind of people — by the ways we relate to each other, by the ways […]

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