What IS abundant versus what FEELS abundant? How much is enough for us to feel safe? Satisfied? Successful? Most importantly, do you feel grateful? Thankful? We will piggyback a little from Nov 5’s sermon on being happy and bring it into the context of Thanksgiving. With more challenges for what is truly being asked of us as religious people.
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Examining questions about the history of the holiday and importance of finding thanks in our everyday lives.
Dismantling racism and white supremacy, in our UU congregations and outside of them, is deeply spiritual work. In the words of Wade McCree, Jr, "If one fights relentlessly against injustice, want, hate and every form of exploitation, then one is a religious person. The love of God is not expressed by ritual or ceremony, but by loving." We'll join over 200 other congregations in the second UU White Supremacy Teach-In.
Following the Unitarian Universal tradition of involvement in Social Justice, a group of women from our Greeley UU Church participated in the historic Women's March that took place not only in our country but around the world. Hollis Berendt , Josette Schaffer, Karen Clugston , Marcia Free and Ana Schultz will share their individual story of what motivated them to participate and their profound experience. We are living not just in “changing times” but a time that demands we participate in the changes that are happening around us.
How does love “bind” a circle? When each of us “comes and steps inside” that circle, we agree to care for and be compassionate to our fellow human beings with whom we have agreed to be connected. A form of spiritual “family.” A beloved community made authentic and loving not through being told we must, but because we choose to include and share with all those who are called to our sides.
Newton's first law of motion states that "a body at rest (or in our case our spirit) unless acted upon by an outside force. We may tend to do the same unless we find our ember and tend it. An ember can be a powerful thing. Many things have been started by a small spark. In this time of great uncertainty, it is easy to feel frozen or helpless. We will spend time exploring the power of our embers.
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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.
Here you will find recent sermons, some audio, some video.