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June 2020

June 7: “Your Best Life” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

June 7 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

As our high school graduates move forward into a changed cultural landscape, Oprah and others have made popular the concept of “living your best life.” Does that mean kale smoothies and exotic travel destinations, or might the classic philosophers have some wisdom to offer on the subject? Who wants to be a little princess? This will be our final opportunity to support the Religious Education program for young people for this fiscal year. Click here to watch streaming video on…

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June 14: “Stress Cracks” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

June 14 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The death of Ahmaud Arbery, and the ongoing statistical evidence that African Americans are more likely to die of COVID 19 than their white neighbors, remind us yet again that there is a structural flaw at the heart of American culture. A crisis like the current pandemic will inevitably reveal these fractures in our common life. Yes, we are all worried and under pressure, but this is no time to give up on better justice. Today we observe the traditional…

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June 21: “Legacies” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

June 21 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

To be a father is to become the carrier of a legacy, and to have a father is to be the recipient of a legacy -- some good, some not so helpful. A crisis like the current pandemic makes it easy to be captured by the immediate and urgent, perhaps at the expense of what is more important over the long term. What is it that we want to preserve for the next generation who will inherit this world --…

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June 28: “Rooted, Inspired, and Ready” with the Worship from GA 2020

June 28 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Rev. Joan Javier-Duval will deliver the sermon at the live stream 2020 General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship. The daughter of immigrants from the Philippines, she serves as Minister of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT. Beauty, gratitude, and love are at the heart of her faithful striving for collective liberation and a thriving planet. Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 11:15. Click here to find the YouTube channel and archives. Service of the Living Tradition is…

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July 2020

July 5: “What Happens Next” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, Kansas City, MO

July 5 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

We are all responsible for what happens next, as we reflect on the American experiment in democracy and the historical brutality and denial that has been woven into it. Are we willing to redeem the promises of our founding vision, even at the cost of comfort, in this moment of critical opportunity? Rev. Kendyl Gibbons considers some classic texts from black writers reflecting on being American.

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July 12: “Tragedy + Time” with Rev. Matthew Johnson, Rockford IL

July 12 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Scholars of healing have given us a road-map of how both individuals and communities heal from trauma and tragedy. What are the stops on the way, and what paths should we avoid? Where do we go from here? The Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson is the Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL. He's joined in leading this service by Tim Anderson, Music Director at the Rockford church.

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July 19: “The Journey for a Better World Continues” with Rev. Marian Stewart, Columbus OH

July 19 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Forty years ago, James Baldwin said, "The world is scarcely habitable for the conscious young." He followed with "What shall we do? How shall we begin it? How can it be accomplished" How can one invest others with some hope?" This morning, we will walk with Baldwin and others as we find inspiration to continue the journey for a better world. Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart serves as Sr. Minister of the First UU Church in Columbus, OH. She has also…

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July 26: “The Poetics of the World” with Rev. Aaron Stockwell, Lawrence, KS

July 26 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

2020 has been quite a year, and there is still more to go. It has shifted how and perhaps why we do congregational life. How can we reflect on the events of the last seven months with a theological angle? What would it mean to think theologically or spiritually as Unitarian Universalists in this time in our society? How can we make sense of it all? Rev. Aaron Stockwell served from 2018 – 2020 as the Interim Minister of the…

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August 2020

August 2: “The Wisdom to Know the Difference” with Rev. Rose Schwab, Shawnee Mission, KS

August 2 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

As religious people, we are not only called to the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, but also to the deep and searching moral inventory. As people the world over struggle to look internally at the ways systemic racism has affected communities of color, we can look to the wisdom of other self-help programs for intruits into the difficult work of unworking. Please join us for a service about healing from and coming out of addiction, self-hatred, and…

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August 9: “Protest and Prayer: Transformed by Courageous Love” with Rev. Sarah Ogelsby-Dunnegan, Topeka KS

August 9 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The tools we need to transform our communities are the tools of courageous love. Although we think of protest and prayer as different tools, what if we could see protest as a form of prayer and prayer as a form of protest? Rev. Sarah Ogelsby-Dunnegant shares her experiences of the intersections between prayer and protest and the power of courageous love to transform each of us and all of us as people and communities working for justice and peace.

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