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, […]

Permission to Laugh

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]