Speaker: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Centering

9:30 am service: outdoors and in-person (weather permitting)
11 am service: online

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In a series of services that explore the purpose and significance of different aspects of the service, we come today to our centering words, centering bell, and the … read more.

Thanksgiving: It’s Complicated (Intergenerational Service)

9:30 am service: outdoors and in-person (weather permitting)
11 am service: online

Thanksgiving is all about sharing and unity and going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house! Right? Well, actually . . . In this friendly debate, Kris Geering takes the affirmative and … read more.

The Person We Treat the Worst

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Person We Treat the Worst
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9:30 am service: outdoors and in-person only (weather permitting).
11 am service: online only.

There is one person each of us tends to dump on: we criticize them, withhold kindness and compassion because we don’t think they deserve them, and reach for the stick instead of the … read more.

The Power of Followership

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Power of Followership
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⏰ Turn your clocks back, or you’ll be very early to services!

9:30 am service: outdoors and in-person only (weather permitting).
11 am service: online only.

I’ve never preached on “followership” because it just seems so self-serving. I’m a leader, and every leader wants people to be good … read more.

The Wind Phone is Connected

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Wind Phone is Connected
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9:30 am service: outdoors and in-person only.
11 am service: online only.

A man named Itaru Sasaki missed his deceased cousin, so he set up a phone booth in his garden in Ōtsuchi, Japan. Although the phone was not connected to anything, he found it comforting to … read more.

Awakening vs. Enlightenment

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Awakening vs. Enlightenment
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Awake, enlightened: they might sound as if they are much the same thing, or at least close kin. But in two movements of the 18th century, they represented a conflict: between the emotion-driven “Great Awakening” and the reason-saluting “Age of Enlightenment.” Unitarianism and Universalism grew … read more.

A Longing of the Soul

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
A Longing of the Soul
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Today’s service is the first in a series: Why do we do that in the service? Let’s consider Caring and Sharing, our name for what many congregations call “pastoral prayers” or “prayers of the people.” Why do we share our joys and sorrows? And … read more.

Plastic. Policies. People. Power.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Plastic. Policies. People. Power.
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Sometimes a single, simple change can illuminate a very big problem–and what we can do about it. UUCPA’s own single-use plastics policy, implemented for the first time last month, provides a case study in how to make lasting change. Let’s follow a piece of plastic … read more.

Water Communion: Nothing Unconnected

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Water Communion: Nothing Unconnected
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Our annual, intergenerational Water Communion restores our sense of connection with all beings, as we pour our different waters into one vessel.

Please do not think your water has to have come from “someplace special.” It is special because it comes from you and from … read more.

Both/And and Beyond

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Both/And and Beyond
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September 23 is Bi Visibility Day, which by rights ought to be a Unitarian Universalist holiday. Why? Because no matter what your sexual orientation, the existence of bisexuality models both/and thinking, which is so important to our journeys as spiritual seekers … read more.