Podcast: Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections

Your Questions Answered Here

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Your Questions Answered Here
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And, possibly, your answers questioned! Today’s service is the approximately-annual Question Box service, when in the time usually allotted to the sermon, Amy will answer as many of your questions as she can. The meaning of life? How we find the spiritual practice that’s right … read more.

New Life, Fuller Life, Authentic Life

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
New Life, Fuller Life, Authentic Life
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How appropriate that Easter and the Transgender Day of Visibility coincide this year! The trans and nonbinary people shown with their families in the photo-text exhibit that opens today at UUCPA exemplify the joyful rebirth one can experience by being authentically … read more.

The Road to Peace is Beneath Our Feet

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Road to Peace is Beneath Our Feet
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We watch reports of the attack on Israeli civilians on October 7, and the devastation in Gaza since then, with grief and often a sense of impotence. Long before last fall, the issue of Israel and Palestine has been particularly hard for Unitarian Universalists even … read more.

Life in the Real World

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Life in the Real World
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Barbie didn’t win Best Picture at the Oscars, but that’s okay–it’s still in the running for Most Unitarian Universalist Movie. Not because director and co-writer Greta Gerwig grew up UU in Sacramento, but because her movie tackles many of life’s big issues in a fun … read more.

Where Our Hearts Are

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Where Our Hearts Are
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“Opening Our Doors and Enriching Our Community”

–Theme of UUCPA’s one-week pledge campaign

We live in a society that measures worth largely by money. This can be so exhausting, confusing, and soul-killing that we desperately need an alternative: a place where “enriching our community” isn’t about … read more.

Diyos sa Gugma (God of Love): Building Bridges with the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines (UUCP)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Diyos sa Gugma (God of Love): Building Bridges with the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines (UUCP)
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There are over 2,000 Unitarian Universalists in the Philippines in over 24 congregations. Most of the churches are located in remote rural farming and fishing villages. What can UUs from the Philippines teach us about their unique expression of our shared global liberal religious faith? … read more.

Twenty-Five Words

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Twenty-Five Words
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After months of input from people throughout the congregation, a team put UUCPA’s mission into these words: We gather, our different paths entwined, to deepen our spiritual lives: nourishing connection, learning from each other, caring for each other, tending to our world.
In brief, plain language, it communicates great spiritual depth and helps us each to recall our own mission or purpose. What is yours, and who helps you accomplish it?

Genie in a Bottle

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Genie in a Bottle
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What is a genius? Someone rare, we know that. Someone with extraordinary gifts that few of us can hope to have. Figures such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jordan. Or, descending slightly from the stratosphere, someone with an IQ … read more.

Chalice Sunday

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Chalice Sunday
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Our annual intergenerational service in which we ask and answer questions such as: What is the origin of the flaming chalice symbol? What does the chalice mean to you? What happens when we put all those meanings together into one community? Why do we have … read more.

Ruts, Routes, and Paths

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Ruts, Routes, and Paths
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Habits go straight to the heart. When we’re trying to break an unwanted habit and failing, we often feel as if there’s something wrong with us. The same thing happens when we’re having trouble creating a better habit. It’s true that our habits say a … read more.