The Blessing of Uncertainty

Uncertainty and anxiety are not the same thing. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Though we may conflate uncertainty and anxiety, anxiety is only one response to uncertainty. It may not be the best one. We cannot avoid uncertainty in life, […]

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The Gift of our Christmas Stories

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge This season of celebration offers many gifts. One such gift is our narratives. The spirit of Christmas is found in them. […]

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Since the mid 90’s Edward John DiMaio has been working with the Aramaic translations of Neil Douglas–Klotz. DiMaio found that most English translations of the wisdom Jesus, had been deeply colored by the Latin language. Edward will be delving into the differences between these very different palettes of meaning. DiMaio will be hanging these differences […]

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The Rebirth of Hope

The qualities of Advent are faith, hope, love and joy, the indispensable elements of a meaningful existence. Hope may be the least understood of the four. Hope rises and falls any number of times during the course of a single day. The Oxford English Dictionary has 60 different examples of hope, but all with a […]

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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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Pulling Out of the Mud

If you have ever had your car well and truly stuck in the mud, you know how hard it can be to pull yourself out. Sometimes just walking through the world feels like your feet are stuck in the mud. On any network newscast there will be at least 5 things that will make you […]

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Religion Trigger Words for UUs

Do words like faith, worship, pray, church, God, Lord, and other religion-related words make you uncomfortable? Alan will explore the disconnects between how some people use these words and how some people hear these words (and in some cases the origins of these words). Before our “Moment of Quiet” we are often encouraged to embrace […]

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Radical Sanctuary

Looking at how the Unitarian Universalist women ministers of the Prophetic Sisterhood made their ways into ministry, and made their congregations places of sanctuary over 100 years ago, we too can use the spirit of that example to make our congregations today places of radical welcome and sanctuary. The ways we go about doing that […]

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The seven UU principles are the foundation of modern Unitarian Universalism. The principles express important values. But, what is their history and how can philosophy help us understand their importance? Today’s message will look at a categorization of the principles from a philosophical perspective and at two important theories of 17th and 18th century philosophy […]

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Embracing a Life of Wonder

Christianity is one of a group of mystery religions. Mystery diminishes the more you throw the light of understanding at it. Often, mystery led to manipulation, those in positions of power and authority, preyed on the fears and superstitions and ignorance of the common people. But there is no need to be ignorant to feel […]

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