Speaker: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
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We welcome Christmas, live-streamed from our beloved sanctuary, with stories, carols and special music, and candles. Come … read more.

Creating Traditions

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Creating Traditions
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Follow along in the order of service: bit.ly/uucpa_oos_20201213.

Holidays are a time for traditions, and by nature, … read more.

What If God . . . ?

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What If God . . . ?
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Whether we call ourselves believers or not, most of us have a god we don’t believe in–what others believe (or we think they believe) that shapes our own attitudes. That can be quite restrictive, because in the abundance of gods we have imagined, we have addressed many different human needs. So today, we’ll hear about different kinds of gods. Maybe some other god-ideas are knocking at the door of our hearts, offering a new way of seeing the world. Since it’s Posadas season, maybe someone else will knock at the door as well.

The Table of Plenty

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The Table of Plenty
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Our intergenerational Thanksgiving service comes at a tough time. The story The Table Where Rich People Sit, by Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall, offers a way to think about our lives when we don’t have everything we want. With that story and a special performance from Greg Becker and Kris Geering, plus more adventures of Possum and friends and lots of beautiful music, we’ll literally count up our blessings and see how we’re doing.

The Antidote to Shame

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The Antidote to Shame
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Not only individuals, but families and communities, carry secrets within themselves. The secrets are protected by silence, and shame guards them like a fierce dog. But there are ways to pass safely into the vault and release the secrets, if we want to be free of them.

With Malice Toward None

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With Malice Toward None
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How do we move forward together as such a divided nation? How do we proceed “with … read more.

What Was Left in the Box

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What Was Left in the Box
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We’ve heard the story of Epimetheus and Prometheus, and how Prometheus was punished by the gods for bringing the gift of fire to humanity. Well, in one version, that wasn’t enough for Zeus, who also sent one last punishment: Pandora. And she opened a … read more.

Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?: When Heroes Fall

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Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?: When Heroes Fall
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Do we still have heroes? Do we still need heroes? When the people we venerate turn out to have flaws, we have some choices: we can give up our ideals, beat up our former idols–or grow up into a more complex view of them and … read more.

Harvest the Power

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Harvest the Power
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Numerous leaders around the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) contributed elements to a service on how we will vote love and defeat hate in next month’s election. We’ll be inspired to UU the Vote by a homily from UUA President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, music … read more.