Speaker: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Not (Only) Our Own

Both our political system and our religious tradition grew out of a highly individualistic philosophy. But our experiences tell us that we are, in fact, not only shaped by but inextricably intertwined with others: especially our families, but also friends, the wider community, and the … read more.

A Living Tradition

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
A Living Tradition
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As individuals, Unitarian Universalists aspire to keep questioning, growing, changing, and moving. The same is true of our denomination as a whole. Before and since the merger of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America (60 years ago this week), the tradition … read more.

Flower Communion

The Flower Communion is an annual service in which we each bring a flower, create an altar full of bouquets, and end by each taking away a flower that another person brought. Founded in 1923 by Czech Unitarian minister Norbert Capek, this ritual was spread … read more.

Building the Foundation

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Building the Foundation
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Over many decades, our congregation has helped countless people to get under a roof (oftentimes ours!) and to find transitional and permanent housing. Frustratingly, housing and homelessness are even more acute problems than ever. AND: no one is better situated than us to figure out … read more.

Hope and Courage

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Hope and Courage
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“The opiate of the theologians” . . . “a threat to Christianity” . . . “a pernicious heresy”: What is this terrifying doctrine? Universalism. We celebrate it this morning in what is, by one reckoning, the 250th anniversary year of its blossoming on this continent. … read more.

The Quest for Immortality

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Quest for Immortality
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In this intergenerational service, we celebrate Easter with stories, very special music, and a traditional animal of the season: the cicada.

Photo of cicada’s wings (c) Roger Smith, used by permission

Worship leader: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Special Music: Karen Van Dyke, flute, and … read more.

Making the Invisible Visible

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Making the Invisible Visible
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Invisible people roll past us, walk among us, even speak to us . . . and what’s even stranger, we are sometimes invisible to them. This isn’t a fantasy movie, but instead, a strange fact of our existence, one that Passover urges us to challenge … read more.

One Year

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
One Year
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*Note: Remember to put your clocks forward, or you will be very late to the service!*

Today’s service shares what we have experienced, learned, mourned, and hoped for during this past year, to give us inspiration for the last push.

The Woman’s Point of View

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Woman's Point of View
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So many of our mental models were created for and by men. The hero’s journey, for example, is a particular kind of journey for a particular kind of hero, suited more to typically male ways of being than female ones. When we re-imagine how such … read more.

Better Late Than Never?

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Better Late Than Never?
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It can be very hard to be a latecomer to a point of view. As people like Rep. Liz Cheney have discovered, you not only anger the people with whom you used to agree, but you don’t get a lot of love from your new … read more.