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Utopian Visions and Practical Impacts

Utopian Visions and Practical Impacts

April 4, 2019

March 31, 2019 Service

Victoria Poling

We’ll explore movements in Universalism of the Early 20th Century ranging from spiritualist communications with ancestors to moderate social reform. Come and learn so much more in this, our fourth installment of this year’s “UU 101”

Finding Freedom

Finding Freedom

April 4, 2019

March 24, 2019 Service

Jonathan Prescott

Jonathan Prescott, a Buddhist monk and founder of Wise Caring, will present a sermon with a theme of Finding Freedom. He will talk about the nature of liberation and how to foster it in your everyday life. Jonathon speaks frequently about finding the happiness that is always nearby and will help us do so this Sunday.

The Pain of Universalism

The Pain of Universalism

April 4, 2019

March 17, 2019 Service

Ken Stern

Since Universalists proclaim "God is love" and everyone goes to Heaven, why should Universalists be in pain? This is also true: all lives are difficult, each of us often hurt. And, because we love all our neighbors, we ought to feel their pain. A sprinkling of Universalist history included.

The Second Sex

The Second Sex

April 4, 2019

March 10, 2019 Service

Nicki Hamilton

In honor of Women's History Month, we'll consider the challenge, the courage, the commitment for change, and living the dream. In solidarity we'll then share a common meal: a communion from Unitarian Universalist sources.

Understanding the Baha’i Faith

Understanding the Baha’i Faith

March 24, 2019

March 3, 2019 Service

Lina Zeine

Practiced without any religious clergy and administered by democratically elected councils, the Baha’i Faith embraces the unity of all religions and the equality of all people. A presentation accenting the Baha’i commitment to gender equality and to social justice in general will include a beautiful video followed by a discussion and an opportunity for the congregation to ask questions.

The Glory of Friends and Friendships

The Glory of Friends and Friendships

March 13, 2019

February 24, 2019 Service

Dr. Peter Luton

What makes someone a friend? They are the people who really listen to us without judgement or defensive dismissiveness. Dr. Luton will speak about how congregations are, at their core and at their best, such places… sanctuaries in which people are allowed, yea invited, to connect with their soul and share their most core hopes, dreams, fears, and commitments. A miracle happens when we feel genuinely listened to, heard, seen, and affirmed as someone with inherent worth and dignity.

Celebrant: Jorge Manzanera

We Owe Our Faith to a Kindergarten Teacher

We Owe Our Faith to a Kindergarten Teacher

March 8, 2019

February 17, 2019 Service

Victoria Poling

Elizabeth Peabody is best known today as one of the founders of the Kindergarten movement. But did you know that she was the glue that held early Unitarians, Transcendentalists, and other liberal and radical religious Congregationalists together? She also ran a bookstore in Boston, published a Transcendentalist journal, and hosted Unitarian discussions for women. Without her, we likely would not have a UU movement today.

Please join us for this interesting third installment in our 5-part series called “UU101”. The five sermons are not connected to each other, and are especially helpful to anyone interested in knowing more about our religion or are considering joining the Fellowship.

Longing For Home

Longing For Home

March 8, 2019

February 3, 2019 Service

Rev. Barbara Gilday

In this extraordinary period of history, there are displaced people all over the world traveling as refugees or immigrants to find new homes with safety and economic security. We’ll look at:

Ghana: which, this year, celebrates 400 years of the first slaves arriving from the West Coast of Africa to the U.S., and invites their descendants to come home.

France: after years of French Colonialism in several African countries, history turns back on itself. Because of wars and famine, many people from these countries find themselves refugees and turn to the once Colonial power to give them succor.

US reaction to refugees and Immigrants from selected countries: What is our historical role with thee groups? What’s happening to our invitation to all the tired and hungry of the world? What are the implications of our actions in the moral core of our beings?

Let’s talk!

Let’s talk!

March 8, 2019

January 27, 2019 Service

Hosted by the Leadership Council. Let’s talk about our goals, our visions, and our ways to stay connected in our otherwise disconnected world.

Getting Serious About Unitarian Universalism

Getting Serious About Unitarian Universalism

January 18, 2019

January 6, 2019 Service

Reading by Matthew Bianconi

Speaker Tom Boseman was unable to deliver his sermon due to illness. In his place, Matthew presented "Getting Serious About Unitarian Universalism," a sermon written by Scott Alexander. This is a sermon is found on the UUA website.