Graceworks

Graceworks could describe us if we were more comfortable with the word “grace.”  This congregation is one of those rare places where we encounter, notice and celebrate the grace and “giftedness of life.”  Graceful moments are those moments of right living we “[don’t necessarily] expect, earn, create of even deserve.” And yet still they come […]

Some Things Are Broken, But I’m OK.

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There are so many voices, both outside of us and from within, telling us that the world is broken, that WE are broken. This topic addresses this pervasive negativity, with the understanding that we are in a time of change and that, in the messy middle of it all, we can be OK. Rev. Ritola […]

Our Stories of Renewal

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Each moment of renewal is personal even if it involves renewal of the world. When have you felt the energy of renewal? The Soul Matters materials for October have a section called “Your Question.” Questions like: “There are those who say renewing the world is the best path to renewing oneself Are your attempts to […]

Fall Light; Taking Awareness By Surprise

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That’s what happens in an “Ah-hah” moment. Conflict, struggle, disequilibrium and doubt become new insight and the wholeness of life, our individual life returns organized anew. We are renewed, however, not by pushing ever harder or by beating ourselves up more, but by creating the intentional pause, the break for “the master currents of the […]

Renewal as Leaves Fall

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Renewal is usually a spring theme. Life is always a circle of creation, dissolution and renewal. I tend to forget the renewal part and the beginning of fall can be a hard adjustment. I’m not good at letting go. I grieve summer’s ending. It’s good to notice renewal and be reminded of what carries through, […]

Faith

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It appears there is a force, a power, a stream of life that runs through everything. Emerson called it The Oversoul. Jung called it the Collective Unconscious. Christians call it The Holy Spirit. Buddhists and Humanists call it The Human Spirit. Unitarian Universalists often call it The Spirit of Life. My Religious Education professor sometimes […]

Promises Kept and Promises Broken

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As humans, we have been described as the “promise-making, promise-keeping, promise-breaking, promise- renewing creature.” Throughout the ups and downs of daily life, we live an ongoing dialogue of promises and promising. The flowing, never ending nature of this conversation means that to live out who we are and be who we hope to be, we […]

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 […]