Throughout the world, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) works with local partners to advance human rights, dismantle systems of oppression, and uplift the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We are all part of this historic justice work, foundational to our UU presence in the world.
At this sacred time, we honor our connection with the spirit world, celebrating the rich heritage, the legacy and gifts of our ancestors. All are welcome in this multigenerational service to bring a photo or memento of a beloved who has died to place upon the ceremonial altar.
The “original sin” of racism is our heritage in America, deeply woven into even our Unitarian and Universalist faith and theology .How can we change our trajectory to individually and collectively repent the sin of racism? Let us re-imagine our ever-evolving faith to build the world we dream about.
Living into our vision to be radically inclusive, we learn to use our language and structures in ways that respect people of all identities and abilities. Let us embark with courage and openness on the learning path as we become truly welcoming to all.
Transitions raise many questions about how we live into our potential, learning to respond to changing times. This is especially true as this congregation articulates your dreams for the future ministry here. What does it mean to be on the cusp of change, living a liberal faith responsive to our time?
Asking for what you need is the beauty of community. Needing one another is the beauty of community. Bringing your gifts is the beauty of community. Sharing your weaknesses is the beauty of community. Anthony shares his spiritual journey and addresses the question: Who is that new dude in the pulpit
Water is universal, eternal, ever-changing. Each year we celebrate a new program year with the ritual of Water Communion. Flowing in continuity and change, returning to familiar spaces, we welcome the new into our lives. Bring water to share from home or summer travels, or use water we provide here.
When life throws us nasty curve balls it can feel like things are falling apart. That curve ball, calamity, or loss changes our lives. The mosaic of our lives is altered. The spiritual work is to access personal, communal and transcendent resources, reshaping that altered mosaic to once again reflect balance, joy and hope.
What does it mean to be justice centered in different contexts, in different times of our lives? Members of the UUCP Justice Teams share their stories – what they have experienced, what they have learned, what inspires them as they live into their call.
We talk a lot about elephants as a metaphor for something large and mysterious – the elephant in the room, or perhaps perceiving parts of the elephant without understanding the whole. How do we learn to embrace, to cherish, to engage with the elephants in our lives?
Unitarian Universalists have been called “freethinking mystics with hands” – faithful people who will not be bound to a static creed, and who commit to a practical religion, a religious practice of making a difference. What does it mean to be part of a religion that is beyond belief?
Summer is a time for renewal — a time to change the pattern, to replenish our resources, to re-create ourselves. The Jewish mystical Kabbalah tradition speaks of Tikkun olam, which translates as “repairing the world.” As people of faith, we are called to repair the brokenness of the world, which begins with healing our own lives.
The morality of Dr. Seuss as seen in his imaginary Truffula trees and Sneetches is supported by some real universals, such as how all living cells harness energy. Honesty, which is fundamental to science and morality, is also a universal … and as Dr. Seuss wrote: Fun is good.
Have you ever looked out your window and asked “what am I missing?” What if you stepped outside your normal routine and experienced life through the eyes of a stranger? A man named Max asked himself these questions and created an app that led him randomly out into the world
What is “pilgrimage”? Jan will share some reflections from her recent walking pilgrimages through Spain and Portugal. We’ll look at pilgrimage as an allegory, and how it might be relevant to all of our life journeys and renewal.
When, as a small child, I visited my grandmother, she would come to the bedroom to tuck me in and would always remind me to count my blessings before I dropped off to sleep. Then snap, out went the light, she was gone, and I was left to wonder what that meant. I’m still wondering.
Participating joyfully in the sorrows of the world, Earle Canfield, founder of the NGO “ANSWER Nepal” explores the concept of happiness. Now going into his eighth decade, he realized that in following his bliss, his life from academics to medicine to educating children in Nepal was simply a quest to explore what makes him happy.
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.