Palm Sunday: A Leap of Faith

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The story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is described in all four canonical gospels. The story is the gospel writers’ modern embrace of the ancient Jewish prophecy for the messiah—to enter the city riding on a donkey. According to tradition, palm fronds were placed before him, hence Palm Sunday. though our Unitarian and Universalist forebears understood and embraced […]

One Sentence Religion

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(Or two) It can be that simple. Abraham Lincoln said; “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That is my religion.” Jesus said: “Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.” The Dalai Lama, the Buddha, Thomas Paine, Susan B. Anthony, the UUFH Mission Statement? Who might you […]

Gathered Here

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In one strong body: this congregation, this fellowship. In his meditation, “Gathering,” Robert Walsh places gathering and founding side by side. But he begins by saying, “When we tell the story of our [very old New England congregation], we say it was gathered in 1632.” The history of our congregation is somewhat shorter as we […]

Relationship as Improvisation, March 23 – 10:30am

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How do you improvise in your life? Can you let go of expectations and go with the flow? How can you begin to do this? In Tina Fey’s book Bossypants, she features an essay entitled “Yes, and…,” in which she offers up the “rules” for improvisational acting. These “rules” fit in well with navigating the waters of relationships. We […]

Grace-full Living

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The essence of my religious awareness began with the experience of something more: a grace beyond me or more than my actions would seem to create on their own. This congregation is a community that supports and creates the possibility and the reality of something more – more peace, love, justice, joy, compassion, insight, belonging, connection, ease, comfort. […]

Bless the Imperfect

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We were going to call this service “Perfectionism, Practice and Messing Up” but this title comes from Skinner House’s latest meditation manual, Bless the Imperfect—and it’s perfect. Nothing stands in the way of practice and growth and enjoyment more than our notion of the perfection we should be. So we embrace in love the imperfect that we are and we get on […]

On Sacred Ground

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Most spiritual traditions and humanist philosophies acknowledge a need for some kind of stewardship of the creation. Indeed, humankind cannot ignore that its own wellbeing and evolution is impossible without tending to the environment in which that progress takes place. Seeing True – Healing the Earth explores this psycho-spiritual terrain from two vantages: • On Sacred Ground looks […]

I Am the Dream

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This was the theme for Hendersonville’s Martin Luther King Day Unity breakfast; not “I have a,” but “I am the.” The dream that becomes real will be the dream I live; the one I realize through the actions and practices, loves and commitments of my life; it will not just be dreams I have, always somewhere beyond me, […]

One World at a Time

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Henry David Thoreau was a prophet, mystic, religious pragmatist and American hero; he braved to journey beyond the cultural standards and share treasures of discovery in his writings. His insights for living and experiencing life fully help us in our present technological overload almost 152 years after his death. Today’s title is Thoreau’s simple response when asked by […]