Services

Out of the Woodwork – Open House Sunday

There is a lot going on in and around this amazing community. On this Open House Sunday we will all have a chance to learn more about ways we can deepen our connection to those in our community and how we can form new connections here in these walls and out in our wider community.

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.

All Good Things

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

Why are People Unethical?

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

What’s Justice Got to do With It? (apologies to Tina Turner…)

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

Poor People’s Campaign – It Ain’t Over

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

Independence Day?

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

General Assembly: Part of a Larger Community

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

What’s Old Is New Again

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

Keep the Sabbath…I Mean It

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