Sermons

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.

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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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She/He/They/We

June 18, 2017
Rev. Karen Hering
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With the unfolding conversations and awareness around gender identity and diversity, how do we understand what it means to be “us” in ways that welcome and open the fullness of all our gender identities and possibilities?

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Meeting the Moment with Movement

June 11, 2017
Rabbi Michael Latz
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Sometimes, the challenges we face can feel enormous and impossible to overcome. We feel small, helpless, and hopeless, but nonetheless, drawing on faith, we meet the moment with movement, action, and determination.

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A New Ending

May 28, 2017
Terri Burnor
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The textures of life and death are created by the stories shared and the ones that remain hidden. We feel our memories physically and work their well-worn tracks in the actions we repeat. What if we change the storylines to a new way of being that leads us from the known to the unknown?

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Youth Sunday: Indigo – Insist on Peace, Freedom, and Justice for All

May 21, 2017
First Universalist Church Youth
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Youth Sunday: Indigo – Insist on peace, freedom and justice for all.

In our religious education classes, children are taught the seven Unitarian Universalist principles by associating each principle with a color from the rainbow. We call it the Rainbow Path.

Red: Respect all beings
Orange: Offer fair and kind treatment to all
Yellow: Yearn to learn
Green: Grow in spirit and mind
Blue: Believe in my ideas and act on them
Indigo: Insist on peace, freedom and justice
Violet: Value the connections in creation

This Sunday, our high school youth engage the theme of transformation using the color Indigo. Join us for a powerful Sunday of music, and message, all presented by our wonderful youth.

This is a Youth-Friendly Worship Service. 6th-9th grade youth attend the entire service, which is presented by our 10th-12th grade Senior High Youth Group.

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