Monthly Archives: February 2016

Sermon: Doing Justice (audio only)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper & Members of the Doing Democracy Study Group
Have you wondered about the source of inspiration for the revitalization of our Earth & Social Justice Ministry’s work? Hear from your fellow congregants what inspired them to take action, and learn ways you, too, can join in the work. Click on the sermon title to listen.

Sermon: Fanning the Flames of Desire

Rev. DiAnna Ritola, Guest Minister
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
Desire and passion often get relegated to the back burner when it comes to religion and spirituality. For Unitarian Universalists, there can also be the fear of “losing our cool” or “not being rational”. Yet, it is from our passions that we come alive, that we find the ways to change ourselves and change the world around us. Let’s get passionate and find what we can transform and what can sustain us on the journey! Click on the title to listen…

DESIRE

Is it possible that this month is really about heartbreak? We may be able to indulge some desires without much cost, but we are fooling ourselves if we think we can pursue spiritual desires without suffering a broken heart. The desire for a better world. The hunger for deep connection. The longing to actualize our full potential. Leaning into these desires is to let yourself care deeply for what can’t ever be fully attained. When it comes to the most beautiful and noble of our desires, it’s all about loving and pursuing that which will always be out of reach. Click on the title (DESIRE) to continue reading…

Sermon: Can We Grow Up? (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister

The writers of the HBO series “Mad Men” had their fingers on the pulse of American culture in the late 1960s last spring when they began the first installment of that show’s final season with that old Peggy Lee hit, “Is That All There Is?”

If you remember, the song by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller walks us through one story after another from the narrator’s life – a fire at her house as a child, then a visit to the circus, and finally a failed love affair – each experienced intensely yet ending in disappointment… Click on the title to listen.