Sermons

Stubborn Hope

December 10, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
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As Rev. Jen preached last Sunday, there’s a fine line between hope and despair. Sometimes the world seems hopeless and change impossible. Hope feels like a cruel joke. Despair seems to move through every fiber of our being. But what if, as Emily Dickinson writes, “Hope is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all.” What if hope is this stubborn? What if, unbeknownst to us, and regardless of circumstances, hope is singing away in the deepest parts of our souls?

Join us for worship this Sunday, Dec. 10, at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.

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Hope Against Hope

December 03, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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This Sunday, we delve into our December worship theme, Hope. Join us for worship on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. read more

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Is There Enough?

November 26, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
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Is there enough? Is there enough love, trust, resources to go around? Is the world (and our thinking) abundant enough to sustain us in a way that is viable for the earth and one another? As we launch this year’s Holiday Giving Program, we’ll explore these questions and more.

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Inscribed on Your Heart

November 19, 2017
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
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Long ago, the prophet Jeremiah spoke of a covenant that is inscribed on our hearts, an access point to patterns of wholeness. Is this prophecy more than just wishful thinking? This Sunday, we explore sources of trust within ourselves and the prophetic voices that point the way.

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An Honest Look

November 12, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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“Where do you put your trust?” – this is our guiding question this month. Trust, for me, requires honesty, even when the honest truth is hard to hear or I wish it was different. Join us as we explore the truth of who we are and the world we live in; join us as we lean in to one another and the foundation of our faith; join us as we renew our strength so that we might build the world we dream about.

Join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 12. read more

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Building Blocks of Life

November 05, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
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We know that DNA is the essential building block for all of life. But more than just DNA is needed to build a fruitful, healthy, and vibrant human life. Trust is a critical building block, a foundation upon which we can build a life strong enough to carry us through heartbreak and setback. As we begin our “Sources of Trust” sermon series, we will wonder together: In what do you place your trust? What holds you when there seems to be nothing to hold on to? In a world that can feel untrustworthy, what are your sources of trust?

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Resisting White Supremacy Teach-In 2

October 29, 2017
Ashley Horan
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First Universalist is joining hundreds of UU congregations in responding to a call to hold a second teach-in on racism and white supremacy during worship in October: #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn2. This call to action comes from a growing network led by UUs of color and white UUs working together. Learn more here.

Our October 29 service will feature speakers from our congregation, a homily by Rev. Ashley Horan entitled “10 Commandments of Challenging White Supremacy,” and music by the First Universalist Choir.

We encourage you to stay after worship for further reflection on the service in the social hall over treats. Following the 9:30 a.m. service, we’ll have donuts for sale ($2 each), and after the 11:15 a.m. service, there will be bag lunches prepared by our very own Tina and Caitlin Bernett (with vegetarian and vegan sandwich options) available for purchase ($5).

People of Color and Indigenous People are invited to a Worship Circle led by Rev. Karen Hutt during the 11:15 a.m. service. This worship circle, offered to POCI as an alternate to the UU White Supremacy Teach-In, will be held in Rev. Justin’s office.  read more

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Being Hope

October 22, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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We are living in tension. We are part of a faith that proclaims a love so big that no one is left outside the circle, and we live in a culture that challenges the worth and dignity of so many people. How can we live into our faith in this world in this moment? How can we be the hope that is needed right now?

Join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. This is a youth-friendly service; youth in 6th-12th grades attend the service with their families. read more

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Luminous Depths

October 15, 2017
Rev. Kate Tucker
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This Sunday, we honor our congregation’s milestones, celebrate our liberal tradition, and reflect on the what and the why of our collective commitment.

Minister Emerita Rev. Kate Tucker will be preaching, and we’ll welcome musical guests Ann Reed and Give Get Sistet as we celebrate the successful wrap-up of our capital campaign, Not For Ourselves Alone: Building an Inclusive Future. read more

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I’m That, Too

October 08, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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There are so many ways that we place ourselves and others outside of the circle of Universalist love we preach about. This week we’ll grapple with the concept of evil—where it lives and how we understand it as Unitarian Universalists.

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