The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis – The Refugee’s Journey with Claudena Skran The war between Russia and Ukraine has created one of the largest refugee movements in modern European history. Join Professor Claudena Skran, Lawrence University, as she traces the journey of women, men, and children from their homes in Ukraine to places of safety in […]

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Eating Dessert First

Eating Dessert First with Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen About his sermon, Tony says, “I have a t-shirt that reads, ‘Life’s Uncertain: Eat Dessert First!’  My sermon will explore this particular conundrum: When should we save the world; when should we savor it?” Service Leader: Bob Lindahl Music: Birch Creek Trombones             […]

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Vexillolatry

Vexillolatry with Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen On this 4th-of-July weekend Tony’s sermon will explore an interesting (and, he hopes, timely) subject. If you are not familiar with the word “vexillolatry,” you can either look it up (probably online–many dictionaries don’t include this word yet). OR you can wait till this Sunday. Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen […]

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Holy Now

Holy Now with Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy The song Holy Now by UU singer-songwriter Peter Mayer is about a change in faith perspectives, from the idea that only certain practices or things are holy to recognizing holiness in everything! Join us for a celebration of Charles Darwin (a 19th century British Unitarian) as we explore the […]

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Ram Mohan Roy: A Unitarian in India

Ram Mohan Roy: A Unitarian in India with Thomas Howard Ram Mohan Roy was a Bengali Brahmin, who in 1821 helped organize the Calcutta Unitarian Society.  In 1828, the Society transformed into the Brahmo Samaj, which called for the radical reform of Hinduism and became central to the development of modern Bengali culture.  He published […]

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It’s Difficult to Offer Love and Compassion When I Want to Punch You in the Face with Rev. Karon Sandberg A provocative title, I know.  But admit it, no matter which side of the fence we are standing on, we are all too familiar with these feelings.  Politics and the pandemic have pushed us further […]

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The Change We Hope to Bring

The Change We Hope to Bring with Rev. Phillip Lund A Special Visit from our UUA Advisor! From the largest denomination to the smallest congregation, religion in America is in the midst of inevitable change. Religious affiliation, church membership, and worship attendance has steadily declined since the turn of the century, while the number of […]

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Walking in Beauty, the Heart of the Navajo One of the most powerful Navajo prayers is this chant: With beauty before me may I walk With beauty behind me may I walk With beauty above me may I walk With beauty all around me, may I walk. This concept of beauty, within and without, is […]

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Jorge Luis Borges, The First Q?

Jorge Luis Borges, The First Q? with Gustavo Fares In 1940, an obscure Argentine writer, Jorge Luis Borges, wrote about an imaginary sect that invented a society with its own culture, sciences, philosophy, and language. In the story, the sect’s fictional ideas ended up transforming the real world. Fast forward to 2022 in the United States, […]

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Stumbling Toward Allyship

Stumbling Toward Allyship with Starla Thompson The work of building an ally relationship with those who have been historically oppressed is not an easy thing.  There is no clearly defined path for the dominant culture to redistribute power to those they have injured.  This morning we will explore how trying to create a Land Acknowledgment […]

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