Speaker: Jane Chronis

Abolishing Cages: Journey to Community

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Abolishing Cages: Journey to Community
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The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity is engaging communities of faith in the movement to close prisons and detention centers, and create thriving communities based in racial equity and community care. Rev. Lee will share a frontline report from the Pilgrimage to Heal our Communities … read more.

Beautiful and Terrible

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Beautiful and Terrible
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“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid,” says Frederick Buechner. Here we are, plunked down in a life that encompasses devastating tragedies and transcendent joys. What shall we do?

In addition to giving the sermon, Amy sings music by three … read more.

Swimming Against the Current

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Swimming Against the Current
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In the series Why Do We Do That in the Sunday Service?, we come to the sermon.

We inherited our service format from the Protestant Christian tradition from which Unitarian Universalism is descended. It has been affectionately or pejoratively nicknamed “the sermon sandwich.” The sermon, in … read more.

Why Forgive?

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Why Forgive?
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Why would you want to forgive someone who wronged you?  Even if you wanted to forgive them, how would you go about doing so?  During this service, we’ll consider what forgiveness is (and isn’t), why we might want to forgive (ourselves and others), and how … read more.

Worship Services – The Season of Giving

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Worship Services - The Season of Giving
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We’ve had our holiday of thanks, and now we have the season of giving. Giving might seem simple–you like someone, so you give them something they’ll enjoy–but it’s anything but. Giving can be motivated by affection, duty, obligation, gratitude, ingratiation, indebtedness, even fear; gifts can … read more.

Cakes, Quanta, and the Meaning of Life

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Cakes, Quanta, and the Meaning of Life
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Our guest speaker this morning is Leika Lewis-Cornwell (they/she pronouns) who is the President of the UUHA and a UU minister in formation. Over the course of a career as an organizational, policy, and cyber security consultant, Leika has helped public, private, and nonprofit organizations … read more.

Reflections of a Ladies Man

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Reflections of a Ladies Man
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Who gets written out of history, and whose stories have been lost to us until they are retold? Rev. Barnaby Feder tells us about two, Rev. Phebe Hanaford and Rev. Elizabeth Padgham, and we’ll even hear directly from them!

Barnaby comes to us today from … read more.

The Function of Freedom

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
The Function of Freedom
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As the word “liberal” implies, religious liberalism asserts the centrality of freedom in how we relate to one another, our institutions, and the search for a good life. James Luther Adams and Toni Morrison are our guides as we look at how that really plays out in daily life. Music: Orlando Castro, guitar

Lammastide

ALL CHURCH PICNIC TODAY AFTER THE SERVICE!
Together we celebrate the fruits of the harvest today, in preparation for Lammas or Lughnasadh, the Celtic holiday (August 1) when we give thanks for plans that have come to fruition and recognize the gifts that we receive and give. In a ritual of gratitude and promise, we will share the Lammas bread. Special Music: Veronika Agranov Dafoe, piano

The Meaning of Meaning

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Meaning of Meaning
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What gives our lives meaning? As scriptures have been toppled from their heights of infallibility, and the doctrine of special creation has given way to natural selection, the old answers have stopped working. But the need for meaning has not diminished. So what does meaning mean for questioning, doubting people like us? Music: Nicholas Dold, pianist