Welcome Rev. Laurel Liefert of Namaqua, Rev. Aaron Norris Our Very Own Half time minister beginning Sept 1st, 2018. Please enjoy the sermon! Thank you to all who made it out to share our space, great food, and even better company!
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A voice play done by members of the congregation focusing on the stories from voices of the LGBTQ+ community, and their families, friends, and allies. We hope to see you there!
Blessing is the theme for the month. How perfect. Because that is exactly what I want to give you in this service. Native peoples the world over have taught us Westerners that “getting” is not where it’s at, it is “giving” that brings us together and fuels the spirit of our community. The Navajo “Blessing Way” is one way to bring well being to all. We will practice blessing each other and I get to practice blessing you!
There are few people among us with more wit and common sense than “Bob.” He is/was a UU minister in the Pacific Northwest, living in a houseboat, finally settling into his truest ministry, writing. His books, beginning with, “All I Really Need to know I Learned in Kindergarten,” are truly funny, but funny wise. The way you would expect a good UU minister to write. So come to enjoy his creativity, his singular goofy vision, and let us bring some much needed balance into our world with laughter.
From the most casual descriptions of daily life, to profound insights into the human condition, Mary Oliver has been lending us her great mind and vulnerable emotions for many years. She, more than any writer these last 50 years or so, has led us into the bosom of nature. Has led us to see light and life in new ways. We welcome her voice this day. May we leave better knowing what we want to do with our “one wild and precious” lives.
April 29- “May Day & Beltane Celebration”
Danelle Beauvais & Kathy Vaughn
Join us to celebrate the return of the warm, light
part of the year, to be renewed and rejoice as
the earth produces once again.
Jeff Lockwood will offer a sermon on how UUs might think about climate change—not just the phenomenon but what it means in terms of our principles. He raises the question of whether cleverly adapting human enterprises to the changes imposed by global warming means that we fail to confront the moral and spiritual meaning of our (in)actions. Does technology allow us to avoid coming to terms with our relationship to the natural world? What could we learn if we’d pay attention to the dying forests, rather than scrambling to develop “solutions” that allow us to avoid the depths of the problem?
Not a graceful title, but exactly descriptive. As I am “in the pulpit” this Sunday and not the next, let us celebrate Earth Day together. Then you get to do it all over again a week later. Earth Day is a powerful reminder that we are all related. Indigenous peoples the world over work to communicate the depth and richness of this beautiful understanding of Mother Earth and the Cosmos and our relationships with it all. We gather this day in the spirit of mitakuye oyasin. “We are all related.”
RE: Play Practice for Earth Day
It is difficult to talk about money. Especially in church. This is where we come to hide from the yucky stuff of life, like money, isn’t it? Yes. Yet we must. Without our pledges of financial support, UUCG would not exist. Period. And those pledges, if they come from a place of loving commitment, warm our own hearts. It feels good to give for a good cause. And it helps us to feel a real part of our spiritual community.
NOTE: This service, and the pot luck that follows the service, marks the beginning of our pledge campaign for 2018
Wisdom and insight about the world around us has been shared since humans could talk. One of the earliest expressions that has come down to us is contained within Taoism and the I Ching. Dating to at least 26 centuries ago these writings/practices of Confucius, Lao Tze, and others have deepened our understanding of how we fit in nature as much as indigenous spiritual practices. As a matter of fact, it formed the basis for the spirituality of the Lakota and many other native tribes. What they did left us a guide for a balance life.
Here you will find recent sermons, some audio, some video.