Be Prepared

“Be Prepared.” That’s motto of the Boy Scouts. Someone once asked Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, “Be prepared for what?” He replied, “Why, for any old thing!” The Reverend Joan Shiels is a long-time friend and frequent speaker at our Fellowship. She was both a Brownie and a Girl Scout.

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The Call To Renewal

In the UU hymnal is a hymn that begins: “A fierce unrest seethes at the core of all existing things”. Every morning we wake to face the unknown. Mary Oliver in Morning Poem says “Every morning the world is created” and in her poem Blue Pastures, “And you must not, ever, give anyone else the […]

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At the turning of the year, let us be in rhythm with the season.  What are our takeaways for 2014?  How can we live most fully in 2015?   Let us be inspired by a Unitarian minister you’ve probably never met: Dr. Wendelin Waldemer Wieland Argow.  And then let’s celebrate the New Year with our Fellowship’s […]

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Self-Compassion Revisited

Research shows that self-compassion, a core idea of Buddhist practice, is a better predictor of mental health than self-esteem. Last December Doc presented an overview of self-compassion. This time, we’ll take another look at this powerful concept and how it can help us in the coming year. Frederick “Doc” Heide is associate professor at the […]

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Christmas And The Divine Child

Santa Claus lives at the North Pole. He’s been busy all year working and thinking about you. But how can he find you with all the houses in the world, and yet he does, and somehow he knows what you’ve been hoping for. How can he do this with all the children in the world and […]

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And They Were Sure Afraid…

Advent is a season of reflection about living in a period of waiting, resting in an in-between place, yearning for the future to unfold.  Let’s re-imagine THE Christmas Story in terms of its cast of characters being afraid at different points in their stories. What does this season have to tell us about our fear? […]

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Bad Girls Of The Bible Part IV: Rahab

Along with the names of forty-four men in the Biblical genealogy of Jesus are four extraordinary women: Ruth, Bathsheba, Tamar and Rahab. This week concludes Joan’s four-part series on these surprisingly lurid females.  Rahab’s story shows us the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob not only condones —but blesses— thieves, liars and traitors. It’s what […]

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Forgiveness (95) And Judgment (646)

Most of us would probably agree that forgiveness is almost always a good quality and judgment of others is often ill-advised.  And yet, don’t many of us struggle at times with both behaviors?  I know I do.  We will review two real-life stories illustrating almost unbelievable examples of forgiveness and non-judgment.  Then we will end […]

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