Yearly Archives: 2014

The Power of Promise (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
How are you with promises? I mean, not only how are you at keeping your promises, but how are you at making them, too?

I think that generally I’m pretty good at keeping promises. I try to think about the commitments I make and attend to them, though I mess up sometimes. Just this past week an error I made in keeping my calendar resulted in someone cooling her heels in our church office while I scrambled get in. Click on the sermon title to continue reading and/or to listen.

Who Are We? Whose Are We?

Asheville Playback Theatre, Guest Presenter
Questions of identity and connection underlie everything we do as a congregation. This week Asheville Playback Theatre will help us frame some of our thoughts and feelings around this. In their productions, Playback solicits stories from its audience and then transforms them into performance pieces that honor the stories as personal events and also as moments representing shared experience.

A Port in the Storm (audio only)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Climate change and how we humans cope with it is shaping up to be the defining challenge of this century. This Sunday we’ll reflect on some ways that we as a religious community might respond as voices for hope. Click on the sermon title to listen.

White in America: Can I Get a Witness? (text & audio)

Rev. Jane Page, Guest Minister
(Sing) “Have you seen but a white lily grow – before rude hands have touched it?”
That’s the first line of a song that my voice instructor assigned to me. This song was written in the 1600’s for an English theater group. So the words were written a long time ago and it’s known as a classic solo. The song starts off praising the whiteness of the lily and the new fallen snow – that’s not really a problem. But it ends with praise for the whiteness of the woman he loves – and that just didn’t sit right with me. SO – when my voice teacher encouraged me to work on this song, I told him that I was uncomfortable singing it. Click on the sermon title to continue reading and/or to listen.

What Was I Thinking? (audio)

Bob Wilson, Guest Speaker
Our growth is limited if we are unwilling to take risks. Bob Wilson explores the importance of having a supportive community when we are about to step out into the unknown. Click on the title to listen.

July 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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