Remember to Play


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, […]

Permission to Laugh


Do you have it? How did your father model fun and laughter? Was he restrained or quick to laugh? In good fun? Often? At himself? Others? What effects do the ways he laughed have on your overall engagement with life; your sense of self and success, love and guilt, work and recreation? Join us for Fathers Day as […]

Humanism – Meeting Human Needs and Answering Human Problems


However you keep track of what’s going on in the world today, things have happened in the last week, the last month, in terms of science, economics, art, government, education, and, yes, religion. Each of these events involved human beings who had to make decisions on how to act, based on their deeply-held values. Each will have consequences […]

Let’s Practice Appreciation


This Sunday we practice appreciation. Graduation recognizes successful completion of requirements. Appreciation recognizes the good that is in us and around us and then says thank you. We will celebrate members of the congregation and recognize the Religious Education Program as their year concludes. We will dedicate and celebrate our new elevator. Join us for fun and […]

Now, That Ain’t Traditional


Let’s try something new – again. Help the morning speak to you. Ask for the reflection you need to hear. It may be something that’s been on your heart or that just comes to you this morning. Think about what has energy in search of insight and understanding. Rev. Jim will engage your conversation from the traditions of […]

Yes, Universalism. Next Question?


Our Universalist understanding and heritage is a primary source for “this place of community and hope like no other.” Our Universalist tradition asserts that we are one human family: one nature, one origin, one destiny. I would adjust that to say we participate in one family of being. There is much comfort in this inclusive message of belonging. […]

Mothering Our Traditions


This month’s theme is traditions. The guide suggests that our call is to “make tradition more than a memory” and “allow tradition to be a gift.” This Mother’s Day please join me in thinking about how we might embrace and “mother” tradition. Please share: on Twitter on Facebook on Google+

Yes, Life Is Like This!


Tradition and Trust. For many people who come to Unitarian Universalism, part of the journey has been about the business of throwing off tradition, i.e. throwing out “the rules and ritual that limit what we think and who we love.” Yet tradition can also be about accessing wisdom, depth and connection. It can be grown […]

Finding Forgiveness, Finding Joy

Lyndon Harris, a notable “Forgiveness coach” will help us explore: forgiveness as a tool for conflict transformation, what forgiveness is/is not, why forgiveness is the best thing we can do for ourselves, and the steps to forgiveness. Harris serves as Co-Director of Tigg’s Pond Retreat Center in Zirconia, NC, where he is developing a forgiveness […]

Earthy Hope

The problems all around us seem so big and our individual contributions seem so small, it’s difficult to find and hang on to the realistic hopes we need to live positively and well; to feel good about the commitments we make and to notice and value the joy we experience. Each of us carries our own version of a […]