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 […]

Three Books That Can Change The World

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Rev. Pat Jobe returns to the Hendersonville UU with a big box of books. He’s been away from Hendersonville for years and he’s read three books! He’ll have with him copies ofSmall Stories, Big Changes edited by Lyle Estill, The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, andThe More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein. The first […]

Is There Reason to Hope?

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Faith, hope and love often are linked together, but hope may be the one least discussed. Hope in many religious traditions relates to hope for what happens after death. But do we need to look at death in order to have hope? Is hope in this day-to-day world only wishful thinking? If we focus on […]

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. […]

Thanks, Dad

For helping me into this exciting opportunity/adventure we know as “life”. And yes, the real experience was mixed at times. Most often I say thanks with enthusiasm but there are memories where irony finds its way into my tone. Join us for Father’s Day as we celebrate fathers and each of our fathers in presence, […]

“Time for Play” Again

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School’s almost out. It is summer. Time to renew, restore, refresh and remember ourselves. Play is deeper than distracting entertainment. Like roots in a summer garden, play connects to life energy that recharges the spirit and invigorates the soul. Work, responsibility, ego, image, permission, guilt, practice, balance are just a few of the heavy words […]

Appreciation Sunday

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Graduation recognizes the completion of requirements. Appreciation practices the recognition of the good in and around us. This Sunday will be a day for appreciation. We will take this opportunity to recognize our graduating high school seniors. We will recognize the Religious Education Program as their year concludes. And we will appreciate the many gifts […]

HumaNature

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Why should the expression “Human Nature” bring to mind only the worst things we do? How and when did we develop such a low opinion of our species? Should we really let our collective identity be defined by mosquito bites and warfare? What other choices do we have? John Snodgrass teaches World Religions courses at […]

Thanks, Mom

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For having me and bringing me into this exciting opportunity/adventure we know as life. And yes, the real experience was mixed at times. Most often I say thanks with enthusiasm but there are memories where a little irony finds its way into my tone. Join us for Mothers Day and this multigenerational service as we […]