A Summer of Hope

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Moments of Inspiration, Faith and Meaning in a seemingly crazy world. Whether an evening social to raise interest in solar panels, a rally in Winston Salem in support of voting rights, an interfaith service in Hendersonville for the Charleston 9 or a personal journey through crises of life, health and aging, this has been a […]

Make More Art with Meg and Todd Hoke

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Sharing one’s creative work is akin to leaping off the high dive. Naked. In public. So why pursue a creative life? Why take the risk of making art? Because it can save your soul and heal the world in the process. This Sunday we will reflect on taking the risk and inviting the butterflies into your gut. […]

Blessed Unrest

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The title of this sermon is taken from the title of the book by Paul Hawken (Viking Press, 2007). This expression gives voice to Harris’s heartfelt ruminations about this pivotal time in history, taking note of dramatic events such as: the murders of nine innocent victims doing Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC; […]

The Cracks Where the Light Gets In

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Conservative religion talks a lot about sin. It’s labeled as vice, failure or even evil—something needing to be fixed, not to be touched! So we often dismiss these shrill tones as primitive or immature speculations about human nature. Prof. Mullinax will tempt us to listen again to sin-talk as a crucial guide to where we need to […]

Even Michael Can’t Row the Boat Ashore Alone: The Destructive Myth of the Self-made Man

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Slate, the online news magazine, calls this myth “America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth,” yet its toxic presence in the American socio-political scene is of epic proportion. In our struggle for economic justice UUs all too often allow this myth to permeate our discourse and to serve as a tool of oppression, helping ensure that fewer people […]

Sticks and Stones

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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me.” Do you agree with this old adage? As we explore the power of words to hurt or to heal, we invite you to reflect upon how words have walked with you along the paths of your life. We will bring back the RE children […]

Singing for Change

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Our guest Troubadours at Large, Eli and Bill Perras, will explore how music affects the mind more than other forms of communication, and how we use it to speak our minds on socially significant issues. The many inspired lyrics given to and interpreted by Eli, combined with Bill’s bluesy finger-style guitar playing, create a very uniquely modern take […]

The Better Portion

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Do the activities of your life bring you joy? Feed your soul? Or do you do what you think you “should” do. Let’s consider how we might nourish our spirit, embrace life, and glimpse a better way. Joan Kahn-Schneider was ordained into the Unitarian Universalist Ministry in 1980, and served congregations in Michigan, Ohio, and New York. […]

Nevertheless, Say YES to Life

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People are driven primarily by a striving to find meaning in one’s life, and it is this sense of meaning that enables us to overcome the painful and difficult experiences life brings to us. Even in these experiences life has potential meanings, and, in spite of everything, we can truly say YES to the life we are […]

Remember to Play

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It is officially summer; time to renew, restore, refresh and re-member. It’s definitely time to not forget to play. By play, we mean more than mere entertainment. Like roots in a summer garden, play connects to life energy that recharges the spirit and invigorates the soul. Our approach to play is often complex. Work, responsibility, ego, image, permission, […]