Yearly Archives: 2014

INTEGRITY

There is no doubt that C.S. Lewis was right when he wrote, “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” Morality, honesty, knowing right from wrong – who of us would argue that these are qualities of a person with integrity? And yet our faith tradition has always been a little uneasy with leaving it simply at that. Click on the title (INTEGRITY) to continue reading…

Sermon: One Shining Moment–Remembering the Christmas Eve Truce (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Testimony from the trenches: “It was a beautiful, moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere. And 7 or 8 in the evening there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches, and there were these lights – I don’t know what they were. And they started signing…” Click on the title to continue reading and/or to listen.

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Sermon: Yo, Bear! Facing Fear (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
I have a quirky, old VCR tape that’s still a favorite, something I plug into the player – yes, we still have one – about once a year. The film’s called “Defending Your Life.” Anyone else know it?
It appeared back in 1991, written, directed and starred in by a young Albert Brooks, together with Meryl Streep and Rip Torn. It’s one of those existential comedies – full of clever lines while at the same time brooding on the quandaries of existence. OK, yes, just the thing for a minister.Click on the title to continue reading and/or to listen.

IMAGINATION

Thomas Moore says that we take imagination too lightly, even forget about it. Our forgetfulness seems verified all the time when I talk to people. I hear comments like: “I’m not creative” or “I’m not one of those imaginative types.” But here’s the thing; I don’t buy it. Indeed, our Unitarian Universalist faith doesn’t buy it either. Click on the title to continue reading…

Sermon: Rethinking Wild (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
What is “the wild?” Years ago it was scary space that we humans felt needed to be tamed. Then, it became a source of romantic inspiration. Today, as climate change threatens even the most remote ecosystems, we are being forced to rethink again how we ought to regard the Earth’s “wild places.” Click on the title to listen…

BELONGING

What is the opposite of loneliness? Is it belonging? Our theme for November is Belonging. What does it mean to be a person of belonging? What does it mean to have a sense of belonging? Belonging has been named as one of the three great human needs, along with autonomy and competence. The strength of your sense of belonging is inextricably related to your identity and self-acceptance. This month, we’ll focus on cultivating a sense of belonging in human community and in the universe. Click on the title to continue reading…