Speaker: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Before There Were Children

Please note that both services will be held indoors (with patio seating always an option) due to the chilly temperatures expected.

The concept of childhood, it has been argued, is quite recent in Western civilization. Until a few hundred years ago, children were largely regarded as, … read more.

The Simplicity of Love

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Simplicity of Love
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Please note that both services will be held indoors (with patio seating always an option) due to the chilly temperatures expected.

Shakespeare said “Love is blind,” and called it a liability. But love’s blindness to boundaries, rules, conventions, and barriers can also be a strength that … read more.

Good Words for Going Forth

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Good Words for Going Forth
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Please note that both services will be held indoors (with patio seating always an option) due to the chilly temperatures expected.

In this sermon, part of the series, “Why Do We Do That In the Sunday Service?,” we look at the circuitous history, and multiple meanings, … read more.

Only One Rule

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Only One Rule
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Please note that both services will be held indoors (with patio seating always an option) due to the chilly temperatures expected

Friday was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. He was a veteran of World War II, a chemist, and the honorary … read more.

With the Ancestors

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
With the Ancestors
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A lovely expression some use for the sad moment of a loved one’s death is “They have joined the ancestors.” We have so many ancestors: everyone who shaped our lives, who helped make us what we are–especially in ways that we treasure. They may be … read more.

God’s Pronouns

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
God's Pronouns
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Tuesday is National Coming Out Day, and we’re going to welcome God out of the closet.

The way people have thought about human beings has always influenced us to imagine a certain kind of god. For example, if we think humans are the most important beings … read more.

How We Create Community

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
How We Create Community
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We return today to the series exploring: “Why Do We Do That In the Sunday Service?” Actually, today’s elements happen immediately before and after the service: welcome and announcements and greeting time. Why they happen when they do, and why they happen at all, are … read more.

Deep Gladness and Deep Hunger

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Deep Gladness and Deep Hunger
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Frederick Buechner, who died in August after a full and fulfilled life, described what we are each called to do as “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger.” Until we do find that place, we often feel like something important is … read more.

The Uses and Abuses of Scapegoats

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Uses and Abuses of Scapegoats
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Ancient peoples had a strange ritual for coping with their own wrongdoing and starting over: the scapegoat, which was literally a goat that was symbolically burdened with the sins of the people and then sent into the wilderness. What do we do when burdened with … read more.

Quiet Quitting / Steady Staying

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Quiet Quitting / Steady Staying
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A new trend is roiling the business world: “quiet quitting,” defined as fulfilling only one’s job description and nothing more. There are obvious justice implications of expecting employees to do more than they are paid for, but this service is not about those. Instead, we’ll … read more.