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Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
I’ve been a gardener for as long as I can remember. It was a passion I picked up from my father, who, despite a busy career as a psychiatrist, always managed to be cultivating something. Digging in the dirt was a good antidote to the heady work of his day job, as it is for me. His gardens, though, would wax and wane depending on how much time and energy he had to devote to them, and I’ve found that’s true of me, too. (Click on the sermon title to continue reading.)
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Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Assistant Minister
I saw a cartoon recently that was a nativity scene with zombies in the place of the shepherds. It made me laugh out loud – you probably know by now that I have very little tolerance for early holiday advertising, and this was a clever dig at the marketing industry’s insistence on getting us to buy as much as possible as soon as possible. Click on the title or image to read more and listen….
The theme for November is AUTHENTICITY
The quality of state of being authentic, reliable ; genuineness. Authentic implies trustworthiness, stressing that the thing considered is in agreement with fact or actuality.
The poet Walt Whitman may have made the most dramatic declaration on the topic of authenticity when he wrote, “I celebrate myself.” Or perhaps it was Sammy Davis, Jr., when he sang, “I gotta be me.” For many people, the tug of authenticity is what sets them on a religious search. The family faith of their childhood, or perhaps the absence of a deeper sense of context in their lives, has left them dissatisfied. It just doesn’t ring true, or it somehow feels hollow. They’re looking for something more, but it needs to feel right. It needs to connect with their sense of their own best selves, of how the world works, of where they find meaning in their lives. Click on the title to keep reading.
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