Monthly Archives: March 2014

April 2014 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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Paradox and Wonderment (text & audio)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
Toward the middle of the past week, social media and news outlets were peppered with announcements and commentary stating that Fred Phelps had been admitted into hospice, and was “at the edge of death.” Fred Phelps is known for being the leader of the infamous Westboro Baptists, who picket funerals and other events holding characteristic signs with large block letters rudely blaming most of the country’s ills on homosexuals. He did, in fact, die later in the week. As I often do when controversial things happen and get lots of play on social media, I waited and I watched to see what would be said before I framed my own response. Click on the sermon title to continue reading and/or to listen…

The Allure of the Golden Calf (text & audio)

Where were you when you first felt it, that plaintive tug of alluring, almost painful pleasure? Something that grabbed you like nothing had grabbed you before, that filled you with longing and got your heart pumping like crazy. Debussy’s “Syrinx,” it seems to me, captures that feeling about as well as any piece of music
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REALLY?

Our theme this month reminds us of the powerful role of religion as critique. Many of the greatest figures in religion – Jesus, Muhammad, the Buddha, and many others – made their mark as critics of the pomposity, arrogance, and foolishness of the prevailing society. Click on the title to continue reading…

March 2014 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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A Faith for the Few? (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward
I am learning that I need to be careful of the topics I choose for worship, lest I be given lessons I’d just as soon not have. This week is a good example. As I began mulling over how I would address the topic of class this Sunday, I promptly lost my wallet. Actually, it turned out it wasn’t lost – thanks to a reminder from my wife, Debbie, I discovered it eventually in a coat pocket. But for a good hour or so Monday morning I was tearing around frantically, convinced that it was gone. What would I do now?