Fear is the most destructive emotional bogeyman there is – especially when it’s out of control. But ironically, fear can also trigger our best instincts. We must learn not to surrender to it, but to manipulate it to our own advantage. It is worth thinking about. Joan Shiels has a bunch of degrees in religion […]
A manifestation of white privilege is that there is an expectation that dreams can be realized through working smart and hard. That expectation may not necessarily hold true for those who do not conform to the dominant culture. We will explore how dreams and expectations differ from culture to culture in our society. We will […]
With two weeks le in Barack Obama’s eighth year as president, Alan Kopischke will reflect on Obama’s legacy and revisit some of the President’s most inspiring and influential speeches. From Obama’s stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention, to his comments following the most recent election, Obama’s words give us all cause for hope. Alan […]
There it is, a brand new year arrayed before us. How do we live attentively and bravely and authentically and lovingly in a year in that invites us to reexamine our own priorities of a hurting world? How do we help one another with the living of all 365 days of 2017? Let’s ask Michael […]
Under The Same Sky for the Holidays II The final celebration of our 20th Anniversary year, with music and words provided by UUFDC members and friends. The music and messages will set the mood for the holidays. After the candle-light service, a sumptuous and savory reception will follow.
The Meaning of Life in Our Town in the Bleak Midwinter At the very same time, each of us can be an original thinker in the present with access to yesterday’s trove of wisdom. Advent is an invitation to be still enough to hear what’s inside our heart. I’ve been strolling around with Christine Rosseti, […]
Some people survive conditions of horrendous physical extremes —lost at sea for six months, fallen into a deep crevasse on Mt. Everest, seriously injured deep in the Amazon jungle —while others do not. The survivors often report that what saved them was a curiously interconnected experience of Will and Grace. In a culture that’s always telling […]
Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends, began their existence as a spiritual movement that aspired to return Christianity to what they believed to be its first century original non-dualistic forms of belief and worship. George Fox, founder of Friends, taught that the Apostles were not the last on earth to hear the […]
With Corn Bread as the focus and a nod to our 20th Anniversary, the annual Bread Service will include the family with stories and loving rituals of sharing and gratitude. Cindy Nelson and Cyndy Stiehl will lead the congregation in this meaningful prelude to Thanksgiving Day.
Here I am, a statistical improbability, conceived in a universe of infinite galaxies, in a Milky Way of 100 billion stars, in a solar system on the edge of nowhere, living on the third planet from a small sun, which is mostly covered by salt water, and encased in an envelope of mixed gases, dependent […]