Speaker: Rev. Peter Farriday

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

We welcome Christmas with stories, carols and special music, and candles. Come sing the familiar songs that are always powerful and experience the magic of candlelight in the darkness.

Worship Leaders: Revs. Peter Farriday & Cat Boyle

Special music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe and friends

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Freedom Through Forgiveness

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Freedom Through Forgiveness
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Traditional Christian doctrine claims God sent Jesus to be sacrificed as the price of forgiving humanity’s sins, and his resurrection completes the mission by granting believers eternal life. But Unitarian Universalism professes universal salvation—that all souls are ultimately reconciled to the Divine. Theological conjectures aside, … read more.

The Power of Gratitude

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
The Power of Gratitude
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Intergenerational Thanksgiving service. Today’s service considers ideas and practices that help us live with constant gratitude—an attitude that benefits mind, body, spirit… and others.

Worship Leaders: Rev. Peter Farriday, Rev. Cat Boyle

Worship Associate: Steven Mashin

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“Gonna Lay Down My Sword and Shield”

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
"Gonna Lay Down My Sword and Shield"
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The Universalist strand of Unitarian Universalism affirms that divinity does not judge us, but holds each soul in boundless love. How can we also lay down the sword and shield of judgment, and offer this same compassion toward ourselves and others?

Worship Leader: Rev. Peter Farriday

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When the Veil is Thinnest

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
When the Veil is Thinnest
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Traditions such as the Day of the Dead (native to Mexico) and the pagan holy day Samhain (pr. SAH-win), now aka All Hallows Eve or Halloween, suggest the veil between earthly life and the spirit world is thinnest this time of year. So this autumn … read more.

The Mend Times

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
The Mend Times
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Mythologist Michael Meade states that despite all the religious and secular chatter about the environmental crisis heralding the proverbial “End Times,” what actually ends are our formative cultural narratives, and the civilizations built on them. The world goes on… and our great work is to … read more.

The Door is Round and Open

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
The Door is Round and Open
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This Sunday we explore some spiritual wisdom from the great Sufi mystical poet Rumi, including his amiable yet profound urgings to unearth and express our soul-essence.

Worship Leader: Rev. Peter Farriday

Story for All Ages: Beth Nord

Special Music: Martin Manley, Piano

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Encountering Prayer

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Encountering Prayer
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While in many religions prayer is among the most common forms of spiritual practice, many Unitarian Universalists pray little or not at all. This Sunday surveys various aspects of prayer, and its potential place in our spiritual lives.

Worship Leader: Rev. Peter Farriday

Special music: Margaret Davis and … read more.

Divisions, and We Visions

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Divisions, and We Visions
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In this era of deep divisions, plumbing those depths can help us better comprehend the underlying dynamics at work. This allows us to respond creatively and effectively, thus empowering inclusive “we visions” that will help birth a more just and sustainable society.

Gathering in the Waters

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Gathering in the Waters
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With our annual intergenerational Water Communion service, we affirm our interdependence with one another and the whole planet. Bring a little water to pour into the communal bowl, and we will bless and be blessed by the waters. (If you forget your water, there will … read more.