Sermons

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?

Join us for worship on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. read more

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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.

Join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. read more

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This Is Us

October 01, 2017
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
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What happens when the color of life turns gray? What happens when depression or anxiety get the best of us? Where do we turn when we are tested both physically and mentally? In this opening Sunday exploring the theme Outsiders, we will address the issues of mental health and illness, the ways in which we “outsider” one another, and “outsider” ourselves during times of trial. This service will feature the voices of those who live with mental illness, who work in the field of mental wellness, and those who walk alongside.

This Sunday is a Sharing Sunday – children 4 years through 5th grade attend the first part of the service before being excused to their Religious Education classes.

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Stories of Intention

September 24, 2017
Worship Associates
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Join us this Sunday as we explore the theme of Intention through the everyday stories of people’s lives and experiences. Modeled after the storytelling podcast, The Moth, members of our Worship Associates team will be talking about an intention that had a very different impact than intended, how a childhood experience at the doctor shaped an intention for living, how we might frame our intentions in deep sense of grace for ourselves and others. We will be joined by the choir, and musician Libby Turner, member of Give Get Sistet. Don’t miss this Sunday!

Join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.

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Strategic Intentions

September 17, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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There are so many things to do and so many ways to be in the world. Where will we put our energy, and what will we choose? And then once we’ve made our choices, how will we keep up our focus and energy and hope when we continually fall short? The spiritual life calls us to live in that place of tension, striving ever more to align our actions with our values, living into our intentions. What strategic intentions might you set for yourself this fall?

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Water Communion Sunday: The Way of the River

September 10, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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On Sunday, Sept. 10, we return to two services and begin the new church year with our annual multigenerational Water Communion service. Water is a gift. It replenishes and sustains our lives. Water Communion Sunday is a day on which we celebrate the many rivers, eddies and waterways of our life experiences, converging in our sanctuary every Sunday forming a river of faith. We embody this truth by bringing water from our homes, our travels, our walks, our bike paths—any place that is sacred to us—and combining them during the service in a ritual called Water Communion.

Please join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. and bring a small jar of water.

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