Speaker: Joe Bailey

The Danger of a Single Story

The title comes from the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who said in a talk, “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” We’ll reflect on when we have been seen as one story, when we have seen others this way, and what we can do about it.
Special Music: Yuri Liberzon, classical guitar

We Forgive Ourselves and Each Other . . .

Can we review our 2017 resolutions, and our lives so far, with compassion instead of judgment? It is particularly hard to do in those matters where we feel we have not lived up to our own plans and promises. Let us forgive ourselves as well as others as this year comes to an end. Music: Ihang Lin

Nature Speaks: Listening Together

The is a lively exploration of the art and poetry of our guest, Deborah Kennedy. With a multimedia presentation, she will introduce viewers not only to our ecological challenges, but also to the vitality of the natural world, and to models of holistic thinking that can help us move toward a thriving world. Music: Jim Stevens

In Praise of Father Earth

We’re very accustomed to linking maternity, the feminine, and the earth; we have a Mother Earth, and Mother Nature, and mothers are supposed to nurture and bring forth life. But as we explore the UU sources, one of which is Earth-centered spirituality, how about a thought experiment for Fathers’ Day? What if we thought of nature and the earth as masculine instead of (or in addition to) feminine? What might change about how we saw the earth? What might change about how we regarded flesh-and-blood fathers?  Music: Ruth Huber, piano

Season Of Darkness, Season Of Hope

There’s a reason that holidays of hope, like Christmas, cluster around the Winter Solstice, the darkest time of the year. Can that logic also work for Unitarian Universalists, as we face a season that is dark in more ways than one?
Worship Leader: Doug Muder
Worship Associate: Joe Bailey

Peace in Our Time?

Reflecting on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, one of the obvious questions to ask is this: Is it possible to have peace in our time? Since human beings have been asking this same question for millennia, it seems obvious that the answer is no. But great religious leaders like Confucius, Guru Nanak, and Jesus of Nazareth offer some hope that the answer might be yes. In this sermon, I’ll look at why we might hope for
peace in our time.

Worship Leader: Rev. Dan Harper
Worship Associate: Joe Bailey
Music: Kevin Ayers, classical guitar; Pam Parke, violin