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October 3, 2022 – Rev. Barbara Threet – Giving, Not Giving, and How It All Feels

Posted by Tim on October 3, 2022

As individuals and as a church we are often asked for various kinds of assistance. How do we decide when to give directly, or indirectly, or not at all? And how do we process the confusion of feelings and circumstances that often result in such requests?
This Sunday will be the first of our newly-initiated Food First Sunday program: please bring canned or boxed goods or another non-perishable household item, which we will donate to our local food pantry. The Board has decided to hold this food drive on the first Sunday of each month, and there will be a basket to collect our donations in the Sanctuary on these Sundays.

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September 25, 2022 25 – Rev. Kalen Fristad, Universalism: Past, Present and Powerful.

Posted by Tim on September 26, 2022

In addition to speaking on the history of universalism, I will be relating that the teaching of eternal damnation is not merely a harmless untruth that we might appropriately ignore and allow to stand, but it has serious consequences. It leads to the possibility, perhaps even the inevitability, of wars, bigotry, oppression and abuse. On the other hand, the teaching of universalism leads to equality, respect, love and dignity for all.
319-899-3093, mailto:kkfristad@hotmail.com

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Sept18, 2022 – Gayle Muenchow, The Odyssey: Patterns in the Structure of the Story

Posted by Tim on September 21, 2022

“A Pattern Language” is a book about many designs; the seasons have their patterns; and order and structure with variations are parts of many aspects of life, including journeys and literature.
850-894-9212, gmuenchow@comcast.net,

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Aug 7 2022 – Karen Neller – El Camino De Santiago – A Pilgrimage in Spain

Posted by Tim on August 22, 2022

For centuries, people have set their sights on reaching Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. There are movies, books, and websites galore about it, and many different routes and ways of getting there. People on the Way of Santiago greet each other with “Buen camino!” (Blessings on your way might be one translation) What “paths” are we on? What routes have we taken? Wherever the summer takes you, may we wish each other “buen camino” and know we are companions through the summer.

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June 5, 2022 – These Sweet June Days – Rev. Barbara Threet

Posted by Tim on June 6, 2022

Our hymnal says, “The sweet June days are come again…Oh, how our cup o’er brims with good…for all the joys of field and wood we lift our song of praise.”  What do June and summertime mean this year, after so many, many unusual months, including two peculiar summers?

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March 27, 2022 – Third Principle, from ‘Seven Principles in Word & Worship’, sermon written by Rev. Robert Hardies.

Posted by Tim on March 29, 2022

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March 20 -Rebecca Mattis, “Challenging Disaster.”

Posted by Tim on March 27, 2022

This sermon is the second in a double-feature about science and morality. The first one was about the dual nature of the interdependent human individual. It explored the concept of moral courage: the ability to stand alone against the group in order to serve the group. This second sermon is about the necessary tensions between reality vs. uncertainty in science, and faith vs. doubt in religion, with a focus on current events within Unitarian Universalism.

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March 6, 2022 – Rebecca Mattis, “God, Science, and the Board of Inquiry”

Posted by Tim on March 21, 2022

The human being has a dual nature – as an individual, and as a community member. This lifelong dance of interdependence has some interesting manifestations. For better and for worse, how do groups influence individual perception and behavior, and what is the role of the individual’s moral choices within community? In this sermon, Rebecca explores rocket science, psychology, and moral responsibility, and hears some choice words from God.

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February 27, 2022 – Rev. Sarah Lammert – “The First Principle”

Posted by Tim on February 28, 2022

This comes from a collection of sermons exploring our seven principles. This one examines the practical implication of a theoretical belief in the “inherent worth and dignity of every person” as well as the sometimes complicated balance between valuing the individual and valuing community. This sermon was written by Rev. Sarah Lammert, currently the Co-Director of Ministries and Faith Development at the UUA. It is the first in a series of sermons by various ministers on each of the Seven Principles, with the last on May 29th.

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February 20, 2022 – Nancy Weis, Niceness as a Superpower

Posted by Tim on February 20, 2022

Most of us believe in being nice. We try to be kind, courteous, unaggressive, and altruistic, even when that appears to put us at a great disadvantage in a dog-eat-dog society. So why should we persist in niceness, and how can we practice it effectively?

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