Services

Oceans of Blue

What a blessing to have a reminder of the holiness a night can hold. I remember many winters when I looked forward to hearing that song belted out by a couple who sang for the New York Metropolitan Opera but lived in my hometown during my high school and early college years. It was a … Continued

Friends in Faith

Friend of our community and professor of religious studies, Jay Sakashita, will be with us again to engage, enlighten, and inspire us in our search for truth and meaning in our own faiths.

Fire of Commitment

Around this time of year, I always remember learning about one of the first worship services I would get to lead as a real, grown-up minister. It was a few years ago, as a ministerial intern. And one of the first things that happened in the internship was to go over the worship calendar for … Continued

I Say Yes

When one says “yes”, an infinite number of possibilities open to them. Yes means to be open for all good to flow our way.

All Good Gifts

This is one of my favorite spaces in the church, not because it’s the sanctuary, the place I get to hold you hostage to listen to what’s on my mind each week. It’s something older and deeper than that. It’s something more than that. See, this, my friends, is our cafetorium. Cafetorium is a drab … Continued

Day By Day

  Where were you? Where were you when it happened? This is one of the questions that can define a generation. One that holds so many stories for so many of us, stories of where people were when something happened that changed the world, or at least changed our world, forever. Today celebrates 100 years … Continued

By My Side

It is fall now, right? It is the season when the leaves change, isn’t it? The smell of fresh baked apple pie, the crack of the bats of those baseball players taking their season down the stretch, aren’t all those things happening? No? Maybe? Well, not so much, right? This season we call fall is … Continued

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Is there life after death? This is one of the great mysteries of human existence. Most, if not all, human cultures respond to this mystery through story. According to ancient Mexican tradition, the dead cross over from the Land of the Living to the Land of the Dead. On one day each year, el Día de Muertos, … Continued

Out of the Woodwork – Open House Sunday

Once upon a time, a group of people who thought a little differently about religion than those around them began looking for a spiritual home, a place where they could experience the divine in the way they felt called to do so. And after some negotiations, they were able to secure a place to do … Continued

In Conversation

Dr. Elshikh is a leader and practitioner in one of the most prominent Muslim communities in the state. His experiences as a faith leader and as someone opposing the administration’s unconscionable travel ban will be part of what we will be invited to learn more about in this important conversation with a respected faith leader.

Where the Wild Things Are – A Blessing of the Animals

  Growing up, a lot of the stories I heard were about animals. Some of the most beloved characters in literature are nonhuman animals who act a lot like human animals. I remember one in particular: The Fox and the Hound. One of the moments in the story that is indelible for me was when … Continued

Can’t Judge a Book by Lookin’ at the Cover…

So sang Bo Diddley more than 50 years ago – but try as we might, we both judge and are judged in all kinds of ways.  Cognitive scientists say assigning basic categories is part of how we simplify the world so that we’re not overwhelmed – a tree is not a cloud is not a … Continued

The Playing Field

Sometimes life just isn’t fair, right? Seems like sometimes no matter where you go, someone’s right around the corner waiting to get over on you. Sometimes it feels like you’re not even safe from this right in your own neighborhood. I learned this firsthand a few months ago. It was a beautiful, bright June morning. … Continued

Begin Again in Love

I remember the first real strawberry I ever had. I will never forget it. I was living in Texas and I was in middle school. Out in our back yard, there was a tiny little plot of land that lay between our patio and our pool. My sister decided once to till this tiny plot … Continued

Home

Each of us perceives “home” differently. Some say home is where the heart is. Others say it’s anywhere you lay your hat. We will consider together what the nature around us and the nature within us say about what home really means to each one of us.

The Best and Worst of US

In America, we promise our children that, if they work hard and play by the rules, they will prosper, and their lives will be better than ours. This Labor Day Sunday, we will hear stories about a recent pilgrimage to ancestral lands and about the exploration of American Dreams—some fulfilled and some denied.

Teacher’s Pet

Many attest that we learn by doing. As wonderful as teachings and ideas may be, without action, ideas don’t come to much. We will explore what it means to select a teaching and put it into a practice that might shape our lives.

Life Is Consciousness

The thoughts we think and the words we speak create our experiences. -Louise L. Hay

That’s What it Says

Can you remember some of the images in the poem, Kindness, that Martina read? Staring out a window forever, eating chicken and maize. An Indian in a white pancho dead on the side of the road. Gazing at bread. Naomi Shihab Nye is an artist at the very height of her powers, surely. And no … Continued

How Sweet the Sound

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.