Monthly Archives: February 2014

Wonder More (text & audio)

The path began on packed, dun-colored soil leading into a grove of eucalyptus trees, winding along the edge of a suburban development and then into a narrow ravine. As we hiked, we looked into the trees and occasionally spotted a bit of fluttery motion up in the highest branches. But it wasn’t until we reached
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Youth Sunday 2014

As humans, and, perhaps more relevantly, as humans living through an age blossoming with industrial science and exploration, we are continuously taught the values of comparison. My generation, born to become accustomed to the mundane normalities of an unprecedented age of technology, have been bombarded, over time, to look first at our surroundings before coming back to congratulate ourselves on matters both pressing and insignificant…


It’s been argued that wonder is the gateway to the religious life. It embodies our expansive response to the world. After a long day of the pedestrian work making our way in the world, our eyes turn skyward, and we are faced with the stars. So, it’s no surprise that when Unitarian Universalists undertook to name the sources of the Living Tradition that we share they began with: “direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.” Click on the title to continue reading…

God, Again (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
The writer Eric Weiner tells of how one day he found himself doubled over with abdominal pain in a New York City emergency room. As he shivered in his paper gown waiting for the doctor, a nurse arrived to draw some blood. The woman, about his age with features and an accent that seemed to him Caribbean or West African, paused and said quietly, “Have you found your God yet?” Click on the sermon title to continue reading and/or to listen to the audio.