Sermon audio can be found on each service’s page (select the service title below), followed by a video of the full service if available (starting April 12, 2020). If you want an audio recording for a Sunday service beyond just the sermon, please send an email to audio-recordings@uucpa.org and specify the date of the service recording you want.

Rest in Peace . . .

. . . for the mistake shall not be repeated. So reads the inscription on the memorial Cenotaph in Hiroshima, a message to those who died 75 years ago from the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the many more who died of the effects in the years that followed. There are many things we can do to fulfill this promise and make a world where nuclear war will not happen, and they start right here in our community. Special music: Michael Peterson and Laura Rubinstein-Salze, Harpsichord and violin

The order of service is here.

Sacrifice

Sacrifice is a word that evokes feelings ranging from horror to noble aspiration. It is hailed as a necessary ingredient of religion, success, and community, on the one hand, and it is deeply mistrusted, on the other. And it is much in the news as some U.S. Americans beg others to be willing to sacrifice convenience in order to end the pandemic. Today is the Muslim celebration Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, so it is a fine time to explore: what would we sacrifice, and toward what goals? What should we be willing to sacrifice–and what should we not? Special music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, piano

The order of service is here.

Together on our Blue Boat Home

As the climate of our beautiful blue boat home changes, people living near shorelines now find their homes underwater, while those farming on rich land are now beset by drought. The result is increased migration within and beyond borders. We’ll hear from Gregorio, who left Guatemala and its rapidly changing climate to come to Mountain View, and Amy will share what we can do (and are doing) to repair the interdependent web of people, other animals, plants, sky, sea, and earth. Special Music: The Aurora Singers

The order of service is here.