Speaker: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

The Morality of Abortion

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Morality of Abortion
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The leaked news that the Supreme Court will almost certainly overturn Roe v. Wade after 50 years has landed with a sickening, world-shaking crash in our lives. While many rejoice, the vast majority of US Americans want abortion to remain available. But we have been … read more.

Flower Communion

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Flower Communion
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In this annual intergenerational service, we each bring a flower (or several), fill vases and baskets with them, and after blessing the flowers and each other, we each choose a flower that someone else brought and bring it home. If you’re attending online, have your … read more.

Hope: It’s Infectious

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Hope: It's Infectious
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For this Earth Day service, we celebrate the gains we have made at UUCPA when we have united for environmental action. We all know the challenges facing our beautiful planet, and can get quite overwhelmed by them. But fear and despair sap the will to … read more.

The Ones Who Stayed

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Ones Who Stayed
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They weren’t among Jesus’s twelve apostles. They received so little respect that they couldn’t even be witnesses in a court of law. But they witnessed the miracle of Easter, because they persisted. Come to this intergenerational service to hear their story and receive new life … read more.

The Times, They Keep A’Changin’

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Times, They Keep A'Changin'
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I’ve got some good news, some bad news, and some more good news for you.

The good news is that we belong to a tradition that keeps changing to incorporate new understanding. The bad news is that that means we have to keep changing, too. The … read more.

Lifted Moments: 75th Anniversary Service

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Lifted Moments: 75th Anniversary Service
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During the service, we wrote our “lifted moments” in these balloons, now displayed on the walls besides rooms 4, 5, and 6 (the block with the yellow doors). Enjoy, and come add your own!

UUCPA turns 75 on April 6! We celebrate today by looking at … read more.

Trust in the Opening

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Trust in the Opening
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We can’t live forever. We’re pretty sure of that. And maybe we don’t want to live forever, especially when the body ages and we “get weary and sick of trying,” as the song “Ol’ Man River” says. But what if we’re also “scared of dying”? … read more.

Giving Life the Shape of Justice

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Giving Life the Shape of Justice
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We are inheritors of a long history of Unitarians and Universalists acting on our convictions in the social, political, and environmental realms. More than that, UUCPA has added its own chapters to this heritage. Continuing the anniversary theme running through this winter and spring’s Adult … read more.

Twenty-Four Lessons from Our Teacher, the Pandemic

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Twenty-Four Lessons from Our Teacher, the Pandemic
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It has been almost 24 months since the novel coronavirus–no longer so novel–took our lives around a sudden bend. And then another, and another. We’ll reflect on some things we’ve learned and decide on some to carry forward into the new normal.

Worship leader: Rev. Amy … read more.

Every Casual Corner a Shrine

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Every Casual Corner a Shrine
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The physical space that houses our congregation–its buildings, its gardens and patios, and even its parking lot–is a kind of silent partner to all we do here. A cathedral evokes a longing for a God high above; a Puritan meetinghouse conveyed its inhabitants’ philosophical commitment … read more.