Sermons

Backpack Blessing Sunday

August 27, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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As summer comes to an end, don’t miss our fourth annual Backpack Blessing and worship service on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. The multigenerational service will offer children, youth, and adults of all ages the opportunity to reflect upon how we might carry the love of our church community and the tools of our faith with us wherever we go. In this season of returning and restarting, we affirm the boundless worth of each and every person, and encourage one another to consciously seek a path of integrity and compassion.

Children and youth are encouraged to wear their school backpacks to church so that we can include them in the Backpack Blessing ritual. read more

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Worship at the Lake Harriet Bandshell: “MN Nice: Are You Idol-ing?”

August 20, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
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Is Minnesota Nice really nice, or is it something else entirely? Are people of faith called to be “Minnesota Nice” or something else entirely? In this Lake Harriet service, Rev. Justin will reflect on the times we’re living in, the idols we’ve been loyal to, or have mistakenly been worshiping, and how our loyalty might shift, as we meet this moment, striving to create a country that names and knows its history, willing to live in discomfort, working to create the beloved community in the here and now.

Join us for worship at the Lake Harriet Bandshell this Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. The service will be followed by a potluck picnic. More details are available here.

Please note: there will be no worship service at 3400 Dupont – our Lake Harriet Bandshell service is our only service on Sunday, Aug. 20.

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Song of My Song

August 13, 2017
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
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Inside every song is a long history of songs, a deep river of influences, eddies, and murky tributaries. Every thing comes from other things, from other places, other efforts. How do we hold this central truth of creativity with the undeniable reality of appropriation? This Sunday begins in music but wrestles with questions belonging to us all, because we all create in a myriad of ways, and everything comes from something.

Join us for worship this Sunday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m.

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Making Honey from Failure

August 06, 2017
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
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Poet Antonio Machado writes of this dream:

“I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.”

Where do we turn when the failures are so clear, yet all we can taste is life’s bitterness? Join us this Sunday for an inquiry into holding on, letting go, and unexpected sweetness. Worship is at 10 a.m.

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Capturing the Moment

July 30, 2017
Rev. Karen Gustafson
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This week we will reflect on abundance and scarcity, grace and gratitude, and how privilege and circumstance shape the ways we respond to meeting the moment. Please join Rev. Karen Gustafson, former minister of First Unitarian of Madison, and beloved UU colleague as she leads worship this Sunday.

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Threads of Faith

July 23, 2017
Arif Mamdani
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Sometimes, we describe Unitarian Universalism as a “tapestry of faith” woven out of the different strands that we each bring to our larger community. This Sunday, we’ll explore one way we might understand faith, and how, as a community, our faith holds us in challenging times.

Join us for worship this Sunday, July 23 at 10 a.m. read more

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Getting Comfortable with Grief

July 16, 2017
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
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Over and over, in a myriad of ways, we are conditioned to believe that the goal of living is our comfort and happiness. Smiling emojis abound. Experiencing or living with the counterpoints to happiness—the grief, the tragedies, the melancholy—is somehow a failure on our part. But what if the purpose of the religious life is to go towards what hurts, to hold more than the simple binary of happy or sad, and to live in heart-aching wholeness?

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Have Mercy

July 09, 2017
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
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Mercy—a theological concept that can be complicated for religious liberals. Yet we are living in a world with hard edges, systemic injustices, and deep divides: a world in desperate need of greater mercy. How might we re-imagine and authentically practice mercy? How might our own brokenness be healed in the process?

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Transmogrify, Breathe, Repeat

July 02, 2017
Jim Foti
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Real change rarely happens at the touch of a button. Improving anything – our country, our communities, ourselves – takes work. How do we decide what kind of change to focus on in this moment, and how do we stick with it for the long haul?

Please join us for worship on Sunday, July 2 at 10 a.m. with guest preacher Rev. Jim Foti. read more

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Truth Makes Love Possible

June 25, 2017
Lauren Wyeth
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Cornel West reminds us to “[n]ever forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” Rowan Williams writes, “Truth makes love possible.” On this LGBTQ Pride Sunday, we consider the complicated and necessary connection between truth and justice for LGBTQ people, and for all who long for liberation. How can we cultivate the courage required to speak – and hear – truth?

Please join us for worship at 10 a.m. this Sunday, June 25th!

This Sunday’s guest speaker is Lauren Wyeth, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries at First Universalist Church.

Order of Service: June 25 Order of Service

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Summer Worship Theme: Meeting the Moment
Sometimes it happens in a small room, when your mind quiets, and the rhythm of your breath begins to lead. Sometimes it happens in a conversation, when you take a leap of faith and step into a hard conversation. Sometimes it is that crazy notion that will not be pushed aside, and you make an about turn that leads into an unimaginable freshness of life and purpose. Sometimes it’s showing up in the streets, in a rotunda, in a meeting, in covenantal community. Sometimes it’s showing up for yourself. The religious life is meeting the moment over and over again. Join us this summer as ministers and speakers from all different walks of life, and contexts tell of their spiritual grounding, and stories of meeting the moment.

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