The Empty Chair

In the Jewish tradition of a Passover Seder, an extra cup of wine is poured for the prophet Elijah, whose role is to announce the coming of the Messiah. Elijah, looking for an empty chair in which to sit, is symbolic of the stranger in our midst who knocks on our door seeking shelter and a warm […]

The Unitarian Minister Who Saved the Union

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Lincoln called Unitarian minister Thomas Starr King “the orator who saved the Union.” In a readers’ theatre presentation, learn how his life and religious beliefs compelled him to speak against slavery and for social justice at a pivotal time in American history. What might he say about the challenges and obligations to social justice that Unitarian Universalists […]

A Loving Resistance

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For January, the Soul Matters guide asks what it means to be a “people of resistance.” As we gather to celebrate the vision, courage, and love of our modern day exemplar of resistance, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we reflect on his call to us, “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Join […]

Salvation by Ambiguity

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How certain are you of anything? How certain do you want to be? How certain can you be? How certain should you be? In any situation the most we can possibly say is, “Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad–I don’t know yet.” Joan was ordained into the UU Ministry in 1980, served several congregations and served […]

What is Truth?

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This is the question that the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate asked of Jesus when Jesus was on trial for his life. Not a good sign when the judge at your trial is asking you this type of question. Perhaps P Pilate was asking, is truth absolute or relative? Is there any validity to the saying that there […]

Christ for the Modern World

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“Christ” was not Jesus’ last name. At least in terms of family name. “Christ” is a Greek translation of the Hebrew word for “the anointed one.” Which brings us to the subject of oil because oil was the substance used to anoint Kings in ancient times. But for our distant ancestors, oil was not just […]

Expectations of Unexpected Grace

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The Soul Matters Guide for December asks what it means to be people of expectation. But rather than expect the expected, the guide invites us to pray for our expectations to be turned on their heads. “Are you willing to let go of expectation and be led by the unknown?” In this month of holiday expectation, when […]

Expectation

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December 6 – 10:30am Rev. Michael J. Carter The theme we are exploring this month is expectation. During this season of Advent, what are you anticipating or expecting to occur? New life is precious for it is pregnant with possibilities. What is going to be born in you this season? Have you been true to your vision […]

Trendlines Not Headlines

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There seems to be a lot to be discouraged about in the midst of news about lethal conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and the Ukraine; reports about people suffering poverty, crime, and violence. However, Dori will tell us that people are actually thriving better than at any time in the past. She will talk about why […]

Giving Thanks for Our Blessings

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November asks us “What does it mean to be a people of ancestry?” “How do we see ourselves as part of a sacred chain… our choices tell the next chapter. Our choices connect the next link. Our choices pass on that which is precious and remind us we are preciously connected.” As we celebrate our Stone Soup […]