Barriers to abortion on the state and federal levels have increased in the decades since Roe v. Wade, a trend that is escalating rather than slowing. As we watch with horror the events in Texas and elsewhere, it’s important to know that there are theological and spiritual grounds to support reproductive choice.
The end of October/ early November is a time when many believe the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest, and spirits walk among us. Do you believe in this kind of thing?
As we celebrate LGBTQIA+ History month in October and continue committing ourselves to Side With Love, join Matt for a reflection on what it means for those of us in the LGBTQIA+ community to make the decision to come out and be ourselves—often in the midst of insurmountable odds—and how we can love, support, and celebrate all of those in the LGBTQIA+ community who are important members of our church family.
There’s a movement happening in Unitarian Universalism to add an additional principle to our current seven. This principle would call UUs to intentionally work to dismantle racism and other oppressions. Rev. Bob will talk about the history and future of the 8th principle.
Everything is just so much more these days, and it’s hard to stay present, joyful, and above all, grateful. We talk a lot about how being grateful changes the way we see and feel, but how about the impact on other people? And why is it so hard to accept gratitude from other people?
The rest of this sermon title might as well be “and the Impossibility of Perfection.” We all know it’s impossible to be perfect, and, well, sometimes that really stinks. But it also opens the door to one of our superpowers as humans.
First Unitarian has had two Sunday services for many years. Now that one is on Zoom and one is in the sanctuary, what possibilities lie before us? In our personal lives as well as at church, how do we embrace possibility?
In the midst of the global pandemic and rising new cases due to the Delta variant, there is much uncertainty about what the future will hold, and whether we will ever return to a sense of “normal” again. Matt offers a message of how we can find hope, inspired by the life and the words of Julian of Norwich and the music of UU minister/songwriter Rev. Meg Barnhouse.
This month we’re tackling some big questions in church… and giving you a chance to ask yours! Throughout August we’ll collect your spiritual, moral, and theological questions via email and the chat box. Today, Bob and Angela will take turns responding to them.
Last March, we felt resilient for locking ourselves down for the greater good, and last September we hunkered down for a long winter, and last Spring we got our vaccinations so we would be able to breathe freely and see each other’s faces and travel the world again, and now…here we are, masked again, worried, and, perhaps, sticking close to home. In the meantime, the world is not just heating but burning, and it looks like that is going to go on for the rest of our lives. How is your resilience? Are you ready for the long haul? If not, let’s talk about it. We get some help from my dog, Mosby, who had a trauma of his own to deal with last year and sailed through. Christine Robinson is our Minister Emerita, after serving as the Minister, then Senior Minister of this congregation from 1988-2017. She says she learned a lot about resilience from us!