Transforming Principles & Purposes

Rev. Mark Richards Transforming Principles & Purposes In 2021, the UUA Board of Directors commissioned a panel to review and update Article II of the UUA Bylaws. Article II defines the purposes of the UUA and lays out the principles by which we gather. We know these as the Seven Principles and most of us […]

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Winter Solstice Service

Rev. Mark Richards — CANDLELIGHT SERVICE This year we are excited to be able to bring back our traditional winter solstice service with Rev. Mark Richards! For those watching at home, be sure to have your favorite candle by your side.

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Relative Motion

Have you ever sat on a train in a train station and suddenly had the feeling that your train was moving, only to discover it was the train next to you that was moving? This temporary sensation stems from motion occurring without a fixed reference point. On this day of celebration of the birth of […]

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We Need To Talk

The words “white supremacy” conger up visions of shaved heads and tattooed necks. It’s no wonder that we white folks resist conversations where the term is applied. But if constructive conversations about eliminating racism in America are going to be had, we need to be able to talk about a system that privileges us… and […]

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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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