Gratitude: From Manners to Meaning

Gratitude is an essential part of our being.  As children, we learn to express it through saying “Thank You” and writing notes when we receive a gift.  As we mature we learn that gratitude properly expressed can lead to new opportunities.  Gratitude can also be a spiritual practice leading to a presence in the world […]

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Community and Ministry

What is the purpose of ordination? What is the meaning of community ministry? What is the relationship between an ordained community minister and a lay led fellowship of shared values who serve the same community? On the surface, these questions can be answered with covenants and words of mutual support. Deeper down there are undertones […]

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A Question of Balance

The existential relationship between an individual and the community of which s/he is a part is in constant flux.  When do community matters override an individual’s liberty? When must the individual right of conscience be properly recognized? And, most important in this post-Citizens United world, what role does the corporation play in this social mix? […]

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Who’s in Charge?

We live in a paradigm of domination and control. Our political, economic, social, and cultural systems all have an expectation that someone will be in charge. Where does this expectation come from? Is it inherent in our binary brain or our binary sexuality? Is it an appropriate paradigm for the future? We’ll explore some ideas […]

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Why We Worship

Since before recorded history, the human animal has gathered in groups to perform rituals, to share spiritual experience, and to sit in awe at that which we find ourselves embedded in. Worship, derived from the old English word to acknowledge worth, takes on many forms today. Especially in the UU movement, worship can be most […]

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Dreaming in Color

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 […]

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