Some argue that possibilities for a world without war, environmental destruction and inequality are limited by “human nature.” My remarks will dispute this notion and argue that human nature is neither biologically nor divinely determined. Furthermore if we see it as our task to alter human nature as it seems to manifest itself today, we can […]

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(Still) Learning to Let Go

Whether we are 26, 66 or 96, one thing is certain, and that is that our lives have held a LOT of change. Events come and go, relationships come and go, hobbies, passions and desires all come and go. We seem to navigate the vast majority of these “releasings” without much fuss; they are just […]

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Serving with Grace

To honor our founders who served, and continue to serve with grace, the current UUFDC Board and staff will share ideas and inspirations from the book, Serving with Grace: Lay Leadership as a Spiritual Practice, by Erik Walker Wikstrom.  According to one review of the book, “Meditation, ritual and prayer are the glamorous side of […]

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There is an emerging public debate about the ways that our nation should address poverty.  Proposals to reduce poverty put forth across the political spectrum are rooted in very different understandings of “responsibility”. Is it an individual responsibility or a community responsibility? A societal responsibility or a healthy combination of all three?  Dr. Robert Kraig will […]

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Under the Same Sky by Rev. Robert Clarke

This message, the sermon Rev. Clarke delivered on the first official Sunday of the UUFDC, is about our Unitarian Universalist heritage and the freedom and love that bring us together. Alan Kopischke will read this sermon honoring the UU minister who helped begin and found our beloved UUFDC.  This sermon and many others were compiled and […]

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Black Lives Matter

The Unitarian Universalist Association voted last summer to support the work of “Black Lives Matter,” in part because of the movement’s commitment to principles of justice, equality and empathy. It was formed in 2012 by three women to establish the principles and practices to stop the scourge against black men in the US. In honor […]

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Yes!

What would our lives, our communities, our world look like if we framed our discourse, embedded our beliefs about God, ourselves and others, in yes?  For far too long our institutions of society, religion and government have taught us a language of no.  We need to reclaim yes! Yes to love, yes to mercy, yes to […]

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Ebola and the Children of Sierra Leone

How did children experience the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone?  This talk examines the lives of children in diverse settings, from urban Freetown to the rural provinces.  The story starts with the closure of schools in the country for eight months and examines the impact of this on the education of children.  The talk also […]

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Holons and the Search for the Holy

This sermon will use the writings of Ken Wilbur and Paul Smith to look at the state of religion in America today and to give us some helpful clues on how to understand and relate constructively, rather than just dismissively, to positions with which we do not agree. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in […]

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Adventures in Sustainability

Nature is sustainable. Life adapts to changes and challenges, minimizes impacts to the environment, and thrives in the process. Through nature’s viewpoint we learn how to sustain.  I have studied, visited, lived and worked in hundreds of communities on this quest towards sustaining our communities. Through these experiences I came up with a way to […]

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