Where have we come from, what are we becoming, where are we going? In the past months we have journeyed through the first phase of this transitional time, honoring the past, looking forward to adventures ahead. How do we stay open to possibility as the future unfolds before us?
What are the discoveries, the complexities, the challenges of living in time? We are shaped by the times in which we live, even as we shape them in our living, and if we are paying attention, we soon learn there are no easy answers. May our journey be a blessing.
On this weekend of Memorial Day, dedicated to remembering the lives of those who have died in military service, we remind ourselves that the act of remembering is, in itself, a sacred act that weaves the larger ongoing pattern of life.
Continuing to explore our challenge to White Supremacy, we explore the systems of socialization that condition us to be, act and perform to keep oppression in place. This service, and the workshop that follows, engage us in going deeper to be justice-centered in a complex and changing world.
Near the end of our week-long youth camps at DeBenneville Pines, the campers stay up all night and create “Top Ten” lists that capture the highlights from the week, some serious but mostly comical. For his final sermon, Emrys will offer his own Top Ten reflections from his time at UUCP.
Trying times such as these are also the ideal environment for the emergence of countervailing power. This morning, Rev. Nathan Hollister will speak to the unique role we are called to, as Unitarian Universalists, in building the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. Rev. Nathan Hollister is a third generation Unitarian Universalist who leads the ministry of Sacred Fire UU, which plants and grows covenanted communities with mostly unaffiliated young people. He is a social...
The powerful vision of this congregation inspires and challenges us, calling us to imagine new ways of thinking, doing, being in the world. We rise to the challenge of moving beyond the familiar to create new possibility, a new reality we can barely imagine, our promise to the world.
Ministry is the act of putting into action our programs, desires and commitments — an act of leadership and service to a higher good. As this congregation elects the Ministerial Search Committee, we consider, what is the ministry to which we are called, and to which we commit ourselves?
Martin Buber famously declared that we human beings are the “promise-making, promise-keeping, promise-breaking, promise-renewing” animal. What are the promises we make to each other in this community of faith, and how do we balance and integrate the promises of the past and an emerging future?
Thriving faith communities offer a balance of connection and commitment that both sustains our lives and offers opportunities to serve. On this Connection Sunday, we celebrate those who lead and serve, and explore the love that binds us into creative and sustaining community.
A core principle in traditional philosophies is the inherent and healthy balance between the forces of darkness and light, feminine and masculine, assertive and receptive. How do we create balance in our lives so that we are both active and nourished by sources of outer and inner darkness and light?
Unitarian Universalists provided leadership in reaching moral victories such as abolition, women’s suffrage, equal marriage; however, since the election, policy changes affecting race relations, climate change, income inequality, immigration, and more assault us continually. How can we sustain ourselves as we resist divisiveness and hate? How can we remain resilient?
Join the children of our community and the children’s ministry team to explore how Superheroes fit into our principles and values. Does Batman always defer to inherent worth and dignity? Are villains just pursing their independent search for truth and meaning? We’ll tackle some really big questions, as the kids of UUCP always do, but this time we’ll be wearing capes!
The focus of this transitional time is preparing for the future. That includes understanding the rich heritage here, preparing for new ministerial leadership, electing the team to conduct the search on behalf of the congregation, and supporting the search. Every voice, every perspective, is vital to a successful search process.
UUCP is shifting our typical Sunday services and encouraging a multi-gen presence at this year’s Women’s March. A multi-faith, women-led service will be held at 8:30 AM at First Church UCC, followed by carpooling to the march. Emrys, Benjie and Katie will be present at the state capitol at 10:00 AM to organize our presence with chants, songs, and signs. Rev. Margret will lead the two Sunday morning services at UUCP for those who are unable to attend the march.
The work of combating white supremacy culture is a critical engagement for Unitarian Universalists, as we seek to live into our values and principles. This multigenerational conversation continues the ongoing work of this congregation to be fully present to the realities of our world, working to recognize, disrupt and heal from the impacts of racism.
Human communities throughout the northern hemisphere celebrate the winter solstice as a reawakening of the light – here in the desert, the quality of the light is subtly different as the longest night approaches. Together let us celebrate this ancient recognition of light returning to a darkened world.
When challenging times leave us stony and closed, joy may not find a place to nest within us. Opening our hearts In this season of hope and love, we seek to deepen our capacity for emotional response to welcome all that life may offer.
In this time of Advent, we feel the stirrings of hope below the surface, as in the growing dark we await the return of light to the world. Dedicating children into the care of this congregation, we celebrate the light that glows within.