Relax, We’re All Saved

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That’s a foundational promise of Universalism. There is no Hell with a capital H. (I added the “relax” part.) And because I know that, I frame what it means to live life well and make life good very differently than many of my neighbors. I never dream of eternal consequences. Thank you, Universalists. John Murray […]

Promise Renewed

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Do we really have “a sense of an ultimate environment that intends our good?” Yes, we say, we really do. That is the foundational understanding and promise this community of faith holds and keeps alive. Each fall we form again and renew our voice of pattern, wholeness, relation and action “committed to work in harmony […]

Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

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Black Death, white sugar, and the quest for a Living Wage all figure in a discussion of how we value our own and others’ labor, the shifting lines of serfdom and freedom, and the sometimes puzzling consequences of population growth. Cecil Bothwell has addressed questions of ethics and sustainability in Unitarian Universalist congregations and at […]

This I Believe

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We are all doing our best to live our individual, connected, worthy, meaningful lives. As part of our ongoing effort to value the deep meaning making we do, and are always doing, participants share something about “the core values that guide (their) daily lives.” They give examples of how they find their important values helpful. […]

Sandburg and His Love

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Carl Sandburg sustained a little-known, inspirational love for better than fifty years over a changing career. Come hear about this secret Sandburg in story, music, and his own words. John Akers teaches at Wofford College, is a member of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Spartanburg, and has shared his unique program on Sandburg in Galesburg, […]

Apostles of Religious Freedom

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Our Fourth UU principle reads, “We covenant to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” We may not know how radical and revolutionary this principle is, yet it is a guiding principle that is deeply rooted in both the Universalist and Unitarian traditions. We will explore this tradition and how […]

The Fish On the Camel

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The Sufi poet Hafiz says, “First, The fish needs to say, ‘Something ain’t right about this Camel ride – And I’m Feeling so damn Thirsty.’” What are you thirsty for, and what makes you bone-dry parched? Together, let’s deliberate about our thirsts (whether that thirst is for justice, or for another “fix” for an addicted […]

Who Among Us Sees the Elephant?

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As we enter into yet another political season in our highly partisan world, what gifts might we as people of faith, as Unitarian Universalists, offer? Join me in exploring how our unique faith community might offer us the tools for navigating this season, and even for leading others to engage rather than “dispute loud and […]

The Utopia Fallacy

For all our commitment to critical thinking, Unitarian Universalists are vulnerable to utopian thinking – if only we do this, if only we espouse that, the world will be healed and our children’s children will be saved. Some say the purpose of utopian thinking is to keep us from plunging into despair. This morning’s sermon […]