Monthly Archives: September 2013

Let it Be a Dance (text & audio)

Elizabeth Schell, Guest Speaker
Okay. Full disclosure: I can’t dance. At least not the way they were dancing during the prelude. Give me a driving rock & roll drum beat and I’m all over the place. But I love this other music; this music that begs for a partner. My feet start tapping and I want to dance, but my body just doesn’t know how to move like Lauren & Able. Why is that?


The theme for September is AWARENESS.  a·ware’·ness knowing or realizing; conscious; informed; implies having knowledge of something through alertness in observing or in interpreting what one sees, hears, feels, etc. Awareness is both the beginning of spiritual reflection and the state to which we hope our reflections will lead us. Often, our awareness of our
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Forgiving Ourselves and Each Other (text & audio)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Assistant Minister
I was standing in the line waiting to go through security at the Wake County Justice Center when I overheard a young woman behind me say, “We’ll just follow her!” I turned around and smiled, wondering if she was talking about me, since most of the people standing near me were men. She smiled back, and gestured at the young man standing with her, then looked toward my clerical collar – and said, “We’re getting our marriage license. We figured that’s where you are going, too.” I smiled again and held up my folder of Moral Monday paperwork, saying “Actually, I’m here for court.” The couple looked surprised – and then puzzled. Never one to pass up an opportunity to educate people about what’s going on in Raleigh these days, I explained the circumstances of my arrest, and we all moved through the line and on to our various appointments. (Keep reading by clicking on the sermon title above.)

This is Water – Ingathering Sunday (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
It arrived, as it seems such things do these days, as a posting from someone I distantly know on Facebook: a video that was recommended as intriguing. I clicked, and the video began with some jaunty music and a disembodied voice over an image of two goldfish swimming in a bowl:

“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet on older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys. How’s the water?”

Finding Common Ground (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Debbie and I arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the summer of 1984. I had taken a reporting job at The Milwaukee Journal, an afternoon paper, which, in that blue collar town, made it the leading paper in town. It was an unrepentant liberal daily that Time magazine only a year or two before had identified as one of the 10 best papers in the country….

September Newsletter

UUCA Connections, our monthly newsletter, includes service descriptions, columns from the Minister, Board of Trustees President, the Director of Lifespan Religious Education and the Assistant Minister. It also includes upcoming events, timely articles, and one page that is devoted to our Earth & Social Justice Ministry discussions and program offerings. Read Rev. Mark Ward’s column
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