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“Giving and Receiving”, February 18, 2018, with Jack Gaede

But when we’re feeling alone, hurt, overwhelmed, heartbroken, and discontent, that is when we need community, that is when we need church.   Click here to start at the sermon. Imagine with me for a moment that we are coming off of some hard winter months and you are feeling particularly low. Let’s call it […]

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“A Valentine for You,” February 11, 2018, with Rev. Judith Cady, Anthony Edwards, Choirs

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love […]

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“Conspiracy of Smells and Bells” February 4, 2018, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

We celebrate sharing of water, sharing of fire, and sharing of earth, but what of the fourth element, air? As the pagan cross-quarter holiday of Imbolc – Christianized as Candlemas, and secularized as Groundhog’s Day – approaches, what might we learn from the air-borne rituals of incense and sound experienced in a variety of traditions? […]

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“Everything Possible” January 28, 2018, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

The only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you’re gone.” So proclaims the liberal message of a song from our contemporary hymnbook. Yet financial inheritance is one of the most powerful shaping forces of the inequities in our culture. How might we think about our legacies […]

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“Take a Knee” January 14, 2018, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Kneeling is an ancient gesture, with a variety of implications. It can symbolize unwilling submission, authentic reverence, concentrated attention, or even silent protest. As we once again honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how do these qualities reflect our contemporary experience, and our enduring longing for right relations among people of all […]

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“Dove and Serpents” January 7, 2018, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

In addition to our own All Souls 150th celebration, this month marks the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda, the first recognized declaration of religions freedom in Christian western Europe. Today we remember the Unitarian monarch and his remarkable mother who together brought this concept into official government practice, and transformed the relationship among […]

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“Who Would Do That” December 10, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

As women (and men) once again try to break through the silence surrounding sexual harassment and abuse in our culture, how do we learn together what constitutes appropriate, or unacceptable, behavior? Have the rules really changed, or were there ever really rules? Some vintage ideas about ethics might help us unravel this dilemma. We will […]

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“Words That Come Before All Else,” November 19th, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Click here to start at the sermon.   We gather this morning on the eve of Thanksgiving; A holiday both simple in its premise, and complex in the history of our nation and culture. Gratitude for an abundant harvest is one of the oldest motifs in religious imagery; It is found in both pagan and […]

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“The Promise and the Practice,” November 12th, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

How can we learn to stop putting white consciousness and comfort at the center of our common life, and become intentional about lifting up the voices and experience of people of color? What would it be like if our UU worship service centered entirely around the voices and the experiences of black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might […]

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“(Trans)gressing Boundaries,” November 5th, 2017, with Jack Gaede

I wonder what strength has it taken for you to be you? What fences have you busted out of? What voices did you refuse to listen to? What was keeping you small? You might not know what strength it takes to be me, but what about you? Click here to start at the sermon.   […]

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