With Christmas just around the corner we need all the resilience we can muster. But there is much more than the annual seasonal jitters we all have facing us. “Unprecedented” is a word we are hearing used far too often. Nothing induces high anxiety like uncertainty and we have plenty of uncertainties raining down on … Continued
I really do love that song [“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas]. The lilting phrases, the way it soars and then returns. And those lyrics, right, just so…pushy. I don’t mean any offense to the song, but really think about it. The song ends by telling us, “Have yourself a merry little Christmas, NOW!” It’s … Continued
In a world where we have infinitely more capacity than ever before to communicate with one another wherever we might live in the world, do we mistake connection for conversation? Ministers-In-Residence Rev.’s Wayne Arnason and Kathleen Rolenz, with a little help from a favorite poet of theirs, David Whyte, will invite us into the question: … Continued
We have the honor and pleasure of two Ministers in Residence for two weeks: the husband and wife team of the Rev. Kathleen Rolenz and Rev. Wayne Arnason. Many of us are familiar with their writing. Their book, Worship that Works, has been very important to us in looking at how we do worship. Kathleen … Continued
I can still remember seeing it for the first time. I was five years old or so. I beheld the beauty of a work of art—the background set in all black, the image of a beautiful, strong, young woman in the foreground, and the iconic garment she wore that would influence fashion in her era … Continued
Former UUA President, Rev. John Buehrens said that Unitarian Universalism is spiritual sustenance for democratic living. There is a direct relationship between our spiritual values, We the People, and our call to justice. A democracy in peril needs faith in action. How will we respond? How strong is our faith? Paula Cole Jones is the … Continued
There are twenty four hours in the day for all of us. How might we best spend that time to grow our souls? This is the final Sunday for our Minister in Residence, the Rev David Usher. David is a native Australian and a lifelong Unitarian. He spent four years as a jackaroo in the … Continued
Some people seem to think there is a question the answer to which is the deciding factor. What is that question, and how do you answer it? The Rev Usher will lead a workshop after the service, based on his book, 12 Steps to Spiritual Growth.
Our Minister in Residence for three Sundays is the Rev David Usher. David is a native Australian and a lifelong Unitarian. He spent four years as a jackaroo in the Australian outback before travelling the world solo for a year and a half, during which he succumbed to the call to ministry. He recently retired … Continued
In this special worship service, the Social Justice Council will focus on key justice areas for church action for this year of urgencies. Council members will present each of the top identified concerns and the related church resolution. On November 5, after church, the Social Justice Council will ask the Congregation to vote on new … Continued
It is truly good to have so many visitors here with us today. In case any of our invited guests decide this really is their spiritual home, I want to say welcome, you are truly wanted here. And I also want to say that we have special pledge forms you can sign right after the … Continued
This is the final service with our Minister in Residence, Arman Pedro from the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines. Arman has recently finished his MA at Meadville-Lombard Theological School. The School’s mission is to educate students in the Unitarian Universalist tradition to embody liberal religious ministry in Unitarian Universalist congregations and wherever else they … Continued
Rev Pedro will engage us in the history of Unitarian Universalism in the Philippines, the successes and the challenges of the UU Church of the Philippines in creating and maintaining a liberal Christian tradition in a heavily Catholic and politically complex society.
Our Minister in Residence for September 17, 24 and October 1 is the Rev. Arman Pedro from the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines. He has recently finished his training at Meadville-Lombard Theological School. The School’s mission is to educate students in the Unitarian Universalist tradition to embody liberal religious ministry in Unitarian Universalist congregations … Continued
This week and a half of welcomes, of greetings, of new beginnings for me, has been wonderful. I thank all of you who have played a role in welcoming me here. I am really starting to feel at home with you. Of course, I might feel at home because the room where I live … Continued
Photo from Center for Labor Education and Research, University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu Do you remember your first job? For many of us, a first job was something like cutting grass, or babysitting, or a paper route. I remember helping a friend with his paper route when I lived in Texas as a child. … Continued
“Reality is more slippery than a pocket full of pudding.” There are many ways in which we can gather the world together. We can change the narrative, we can knit a world that works. It is possible to mobilize, in a new way, science, politics, and theology. What is the story we use to tell … Continued
There is trouble in the World and trouble in Mind. We find ourselves living in a climate of fear and loathing. There is good news, there is a path for us to follow and we are on that path. Religion that is real is essential and Unitarian Universalism may be the only religion that can … Continued
Experience the transformation through the lens of the eight who attended General Assembly in New Orleans, joined with over 4000 fellow Unitarian Universalists from around the country and the world. Resist and Rejoice was the theme, Love Resists was the message, and so much more.
Maya Angelou said “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” Giving – giving of ones self through time, energy, knowledge and experience. There are two essential ingredients that make a great volunteer — an attitude to learn and experience new things and a willingness to share … Continued