When I was asked to write a set of meditations for the UUA’s meditation manual series, I wrote more pieces that I knew would be used in the final product (A Guest of the World, Skinner House, 2006). As a way of figuring out which meditations to include, I asked ten friends—a sort of test panel or focus group—to read the pieces and rate them. Some of the writings were rather uniformly approved, and these formed the foundation of the book. However, twenty pieces were rejected, and these orphans continue to interest me for various reasons. Some were rated very highly by one or two people but were nixed by the others. Some were rated quite well by my readers but were nixed by the editor (editors having God-like powers in this regard). And some nobody liked but me. This Sunday, I’ll share the best of rejects—and let you decide whether or not the right meditations made it into the book.
With spring now sprung, Rev. Norris delivers his message to the Greeley Church in concert with other Unitarian Universalist congregations around the country who are called by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee on this Justice Sunday to witness for climate justice.
"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit," noted the great Unitarian Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson. This week Rev. Norris unpacks the history of Unitarian and Universalist inspirations found in nature and what they can teach us today.
Abandoned in place. Forgotten. Revived and thriving. Are we talking about our Self or Chernobyl? We examine the dynamic process of succession by Nature and the amazing lessons Nature continues to teach us about living in a place considered to be uninhabitable.
Happy Losar! Translation from Tibetan (lo = new + year = sar) Losar, the is the beginning of the new year celebrated in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and India, February 5-7, 2019. Losar is a three-day celebration, with special pujas and temple rituals taking place on each day. People celebrate with feasting, dancing, singing and participating in sporting events.
Keeping with our theme of Love, Rev. Norris will be in the pulpit for the second time in two weeks asking us to consider how difficult it is to maintain a loving outlook and disposition at times and, quite frankly, whether on occasion it is really worth it. One of the questions he'll dare to ask is: Is Love worth it?
The Psalmists John, Paul, George and Ringo once famous sung "All you need is Love!" In our month of Love, Rev. Norris will have us put that idea to the test in this exploration service. We will explore various ideas and aspects of Love and ask whether, if we agree that Love is the answer, exactly what kind of love are we talking about.
“Building Your Own Theology Class” – Josette Schaffer, Kathy Vaughn, Sharlene Meydell, Janelle Helling, & Ana Schultz
1st Recording is : Introduction to the BYOT Class and Rev. Aaron Norris as Worship Associate.
2nd Recording is BYOT Class and what the class is to them: Janelle Helling, Ana Schulltz, Kathy Vaughn, Josette Schaffer, Sharlene Meydell
On the 90th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Rev. Norris will ask us to think about what "the dream" meant and begin with King's observation: "The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community."
Here you will find recent sermons, some audio, some video.