As a community and as individuals we have so, so many ways of seeing the world. And faith traditions all over the world share the wisdom of texts, written and passed on through time. We will look together at the ways texts we inherit become part of our shared lives.
Our beloved Spirits and Dennis Graue will share a service of music and reflection about what it is that soothes us, that heals us, that remakes us all together in music.
One of the most powerful stories some people have is how they got the name they have today, how they wish to be called by others today. And there are all kinds of ways to get a name. Many of us here today received our names as a type of inheritance. Perhaps a relative had … Continued
In the past few months we have all watched the news in amazement wondering, how could anyone do those things?! What is even more surprising is a recent article about the remarkable divide in moral thinking between main stream churches and Evangelical churches in a small town in Ohio. The prevalent thinking is that ethics is about right … Continued
I was raised with Martin Luther King’s Dream and the belief that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” And with Thomas Jefferson, who said “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” And I tremble for my country! America has always struggled to … Continued
The Poor People’s Campaign is a national call for moral revival that is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. Planned by Martin Luther King, Jr. just before his death and revived by Rev. William … Continued
One of the longest traditions in the United States is profiting off of the work of people of color. While the institution of slavery in the United States may be outlawed, people of color are still unfairly exploited by legal methods of capitalism in many ways, but some of those ways are more apparent than … Continued
Our minister, Rev. T. J. FitzGerald, and some of our hard working members are away from us this week. They are joining with thousands of our fellow Unitarian Universalists from around the country and around the world in Kansas City, Missouri for General Assembly (GA). We are using this as an opportunity to experience with … Continued
This past week, leading up to today, I wouldn’t be human if I wasn’t doing a little bit of reflecting. There’s no reason to make any big deal about it, but I turn forty years old today. Now, a lot of people, especially friends that like to give people a little ribbing, like to see … Continued
In my freshman year English class in high school we learned a lot of poems. There is one that I still remember. The world is too much with us: late and soon, Getting and spending we lay waste our powers: Little we see in nature that is ours. We have given our hearts away, a … Continued
Today’s service is present by our First Unitarian Small Group Ministries. This includes all of our Chalice Circles and Covenant Groups. If you are a member, or not already a part of these interesting and thoughtful groups, we warmly invite you to attend this service.
In 2005, an email connected Rev. Christian to Marines who served with her brother, who was killed in Vietnam. Her subsequent journey with them has taken her to Marine Corps reunions, to her childhood home, and to rice paddies in Vietnam. In honor of Memorial Day, she explores some of the lessons she learned along … Continued
Our worship team is presenting an original dramatic work by local playwright, Carol Polcovar: In the time before foreign merchants and determined missionaries arrived in great numbers, Hawaiians developed their own culture and history. Contact with the outside world brought deep changes in the lives of the Hawaiian people. This play is about one of … Continued
There is really nothing quite like a cliffhanger. Movies, books, television shows…they all use of this device. It activates something in our mind, something that desires resolution, something that desires closure. It’s probably good for us, but it can be unsettling. Anyone who saw the new Marvel Comics movie knows that. I won’t spoil anything … Continued
Telling stories is something we have been doing for ages in our shared human family. Out from our ages past, some of the stories we tell change and mold to fit the times in which we live. We will look together at the ways we understand stories and how we tell our own.
All that we call reality is virtual reality, it is constructed, formed from our experience, our beliefs, mour myths. Jay has written, “In the study of religion, myths are not lies, but they are not caches of historical facts either. Myths lie somewhere in between. Myths are religious stories that may or may not be … Continued
Nestled up a bit in the valley is a house. It is like a lot of houses. It has walls, and windows, and doors. I know things about the house, things a lot of other people don’t. On quiet days, mostly on Mondays, doves roost and coo together in pairs on the lawn. There is … Continued
A wise teacher, really a governess of some fame, once offered this famous suggestion: “Let’s start at the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start.” And as it turns out, the beginning is also a pretty interesting place to start, too. As it is told, “In the beginning when God created the heavens … Continued
Tracing the arc of justice from the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., through significant justice action and progress by this congregation over the past year, to the inspiring power of the youth movement against gun violence — we will gather in hope and commitment. We will share opportunities for growing impact including … Continued
The earth awakes again. Down into the crackling, churning earth, sliding in plates that grind out a ticking of a clock, s clock that keeps the deepest, the oldest, the forgotten time, down into that crackling, churning earth spreads the warmth that gathers now once more, like it has gathered since time that passes out … Continued