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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Shakespeare’s legacy has endured over 400 years through his brilliant canon of plays and poetry. Is Shakespeare still relevant? Many ask if there is still a place for his work on the stages of modern theatre. I believe, and have witnessed, Shakespeare’s theatre serve today’s world in tremendous ways. Shakespeare’s work ignites curiosity within our […]

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The Gifts of Darkness

Gary Greenberg, a psychoanalyst, says that depression, in most cases, is not a mental problem; it’s a sane response to an insane world. In learning to welcome the dark side, particularly in our culture which tends to stay on the yang side of things – the active, extroverted, happy, positive, buoyant and light side, it […]

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