The Virtue of Tolerance

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Virtue of Tolerance

“Tolerance” has become a bit of a dirty word as those pushed to the margins rightly press for more than simply being tolerated. For example, LGBTQIA folks don’t want their religious community just to tolerate them, but to celebrate them. Intermarried couples don’t want to be merely tolerated in their family, but cherished and supported in every way. This is absolutely right in certain settings–and yet, in a diverse world, there is also an important place for tolerance. Today: why that is, and what helps us to both practice tolerance, and settle for it when that is what’s warranted.

We also hear from the Mission Task Force about the mission statement they have crafted from their numerous conversations with all of us.

Since our Judaean Village is starting, those in Children’s Religious Education go straight to the Til Evans Garden rather than the service, today and the next three Sundays. As always, there is also child care and children are welcome to be in the Main Hall if they prefer.

Worship leader: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Special music: Thomas Shoebotham

Follow along in the order of service:

We gather in person in the Main Hall, in person on the main patio, and via Zoom: . In-person, we are distanced 3′ and masked for safetyYou may also sit on the patio if you prefer. Please sign in at the welcome table as you arrive. To watch the service live on our Facebook page, visit:

Photo credit: (c) Amy Carol Webb, used by permission

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