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“Welcome” is often followed by “home.” As we re-energize our church life together on Sept 10 may we welcome each other with that phrase. Welcome home. Home is a place of safety, of shared love. A place to which we can always return no matter how many bumps and bruises life has given out in the world. Come, be welcomed home, and welcome others. It is time to continue our spiritual life together in blessed community.
We will examine resiliency, not only as a personal strength, but also how it can come from being in community. with others.
Speaking to recent events in our denomination, Elizabeth Mount will lead us in thinking deeply about our Unitarian and Universalist faith heritage and how we can bring forth our personal spiritual grounding to strengthen us in confronting white privilege, racism, and white fragility in our communities. We will be called to deepen our spiritual awareness and join in creating a world where black lives matter and the experiences of people of color deepen our own faith.
“Fairy tales, films, and literature all make it seem that a person has to be perfect in every way in order to be loved. Hear about a life-changing experience that helped a person learn that risking real love has a lot to do with forgiveness of imperfection and that laughter is part of that forgiveness.
In recent months, our organization and our faith have been challenged by historically underrepresented voices claiming a place at our denomination's table. Our 2nd principle calls us to "justice, equity, and compassion in human relations." In these turbulent and contentious times, what does that mean for our relationships, our churches, and our faith? What does a religion truly dedicated to these values look like?
People who may be thought of as kind, are sometimes considered to be submissive or weak. Acts of kindness have come to be suspect due to an individual’s motive of recognition. In the message we examine the power of kindness and its effects on our everyday lives.
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Rev. James Fowler has written a book on Development Stages of Faith. Faith is not a yes or no proposition. Some people start with a basic understanding and never develop beyond that. Others, through self-examination or discovery, or even by accident stumble into deeper understandings. This book has given me insights into faith, passion and activism. It is with Fowler's insights that I have been able to go back into my spiritual journey and make more sense of it. I hope to share that with you all.
"Our Children are being given a disservice through public education and government ideals of what is important for them to learn. What can we as families and the community do to repair the damage and strengthen our future leaders?"
"Humanism" - A discussion on one of our UU Sources. Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results oF science, and warns us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
Father’s of all kinds have lovingly raised their children. Fathers who know how to offer nurturance, love, and intimacy. And those who never learned how. We will learn how to celebrate the one and develop compassion for the other. It isn’t always easy, but the quality of our own lives depends on it.
Here you will find recent sermons, some audio, some video.