Yearly Archives: 2017

Sermon: Blessing of the Animals (audio only)

October 15, 2017
Blessing of the Animals
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Animals are deeply woven into our lives, from the pets in our homes to the dinner on our plates to the wild creatures of field, sky, and seas. Today, we celebrate and bless them all and how they connect us all to our own animal nature. We invite you to bring your pets to be blessed, or if you animal friend is no longer with you or too shy for a crowd, or your love is for untamed creatures, bring a photo, or representation, or war a t-shirt or other token of your love. Click on title to continue.

Sermon: Owning the Shadow (audio only)

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
The shadow archetype is found in myths, legends, and scriptures, in psychological theory, and in popular culture. Call if the Dark Side, the Id, the Shadow Shelf, or something else entirely, we all have one. What do we do with the parts of our self that we don’t love, and how do we work toward reconciliation and integration?Click on title to continue.

Sermon: Othering (audio & text)

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Rev. Mark WArd, Lead Minister
We’re taught that the way to learn not to fear others is to see in them someone like ourselves and so wish good for them, as we want it for ourselves. But what if repairing the world requires something different: that we learn to value others precisely for their difference from ourselves? Click on title to continue.

Sermon: The Power of Proximity (audio only)

September 24, 2017
Rev. Lisa Bovee Kemper, Associate Minister
In order to make the change we hope for, to create the just world we imagine, we must be in relationship. Relationships within this congregation and outside of it mater to the work we do. Brian Stevenson calls it “getting proximate” in his book, “Just Mercy.” Let’s talk about what it means to build a culture of sanctuary within and beyond this congregation. Click on title to continue.

Sermon: Practice, Practice (audio and text)

September 17, 2017
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
The old saw about how you get to Carnegie Hall has much the same answer as the question, what is the path to spiritual maturity: Practice, Practice. Today we’ll explore what kinds of practices we should consider adopting to life a spiritually satisfying life. Click on title to continue.

Sermon: You Who Loves Lovers, This is Your Home, Welcome! (audio & text)

Sunday, September 10,
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
As they so often are, the words of the Sufi master Rumi are over the top, almost nonsensical: “you that love lovers,” what’s that supposed to mean? It is his way of pointing us to truths that, due to fear, shame, shyness and more, lie unanswered in our hearts. So, we begin our fall worship season in a spirit of welcome, opening the door to some of those truths.Click on title to continue.

Shall We Be Sanctuary

It was last March that we at UUCA hosted a gathering of hundreds of people who took part in a peaceful march in Asheville in support of undocumented immigrants and in protest of accelerating arrests and deportations that were tearing apart people’s lives. Ever since then many of our members have been in conversation about
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Sermon: A Few of My Favorite Things (audio only)

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Rev. Jeff Jones, Guest Minister
Downsizing is often seen as a rite-of-passage as we get older. But what if living with fewer material possessions was a way of life? And as I will suggest in my sermon, material clutter is not the only baggage we might carry with us in life. Click on the title to continue.

Sermon: Back to the Source (audio only)

August 27, 2017, 10am
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
As we in Asheville enjoy one of our wettest years in some time, remember to bring special water that you have collected from around the work or in your backyard to our annual multigenerational Water Service. This year as a special surprise, we have heard that the Water Spirits will be joining us. The who? The Water Spirits! Come and see…and bring your water. click on title to continue.

Sermon: In the Midst of It All (audio & text)

Sunday, August 20,10am
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
These days, it feels like everything around us is changing so fast we can’t keep up. At the same time, here at church, we continue to clarify our values & purpose. We are in the middle of a great deal of change in this community. How do we stay on track, optimize our efficiency, and keep ourselves grounded and focused? No guarantee that you’ll find an answer in this sermon, but there will be helpful tools and strategies shared. Click on title to continue.