Speaker: Jane Chronis

Why Forgive?

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 Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
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

Defining Moments in Unitarian Universalist History

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Defining Moments in Unitarian Universalist History
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As religious denominations in the United States, both Unitarianism and Universalism are more than 200 years old. How did we get from then to now? What were the defining moments and movements in our denomination? Rev. Lucy will share her top five (or maybe more) defining moments in UU history. Music: Veronika Agranov Dafoe

Find A Place Of Rest In The Middle Of Things

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Find A Place Of Rest In The Middle Of Things
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Our annual remembrance service is a good place to put Frank Ostaseski’s invitations to the test. They arose out of his experiences of working with people close to death and grieving them. What rest can we find in the middle of that most invasive experience, loss? Your mementos and photos of loved ones are welcome to our altar. Music: Jim Stevens guitar