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April 14th 2019: Rev. Barbara Threet “The Glove in the Subway”

Posted by Tim on April 16, 2019

In Christian tradition, on Palm Sunday, Jesus entered the city in triumph, although being divine, he knew what would unfold in the next several days. He went for it, in current parlance, even though he knew there was a cost. And what does that have to do with gloves in subways?

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4/7/2019 – Linda Bryant – Blinded by the Right

Posted by Tim on April 7, 2019

Linda tells the story of spending her formative years in the Midwest in the conservative 80’s, and young adulthood in the 90’s when she observed many changes. She talks about going from being clueless about how politics affected her life, to finding herself in a situation where suddenly she was forced to navigate through a legal and government process that eventually brought her to Unitarian Universalism.

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3/17/2019 – Trek Reef – Activism as a Spiritual Practice

Posted by Tim on April 6, 2019

“Activism as a Spiritual Practice”
Activism as a spiritual practice allows us to dig in and take responsibility for our own small part of the planet. With the lead up to presidential elections starting so much sooner, and anxiety over national politics, digging in helps us focus on the good we can do right here.

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March 10, 2018 – “Conscience and the Democratic Process” – Rev. Barbara Threet

Posted by Tim on March 11, 2019

Kathy Harm purchased a sermon topic at last year’s auction, and she’s chosen our fifth principle, “…The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large”. She asked to explore: what if the democratic process doesn’t yield the just or right result? By itself, would it provide basic rights? If the democratic process doesn’t provide the results we’re committed to as UUs, what do we do? This is certainly a very timely topic!

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March 3, 2019 – The Little Church That Could – Rev. Barbara Threet

Posted by Tim on March 7, 2019

For a relatively small church, we have significant impact. Our members and friends enjoy our church community with all its services, activities and opportunities. We open our doors to the wider community through concerts, open-mike evenings, and other community events. How can we best sustain all we do, and do it even more effectively?

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February 3 – Words:”Denomination”? “Faith”? – Herb Ogden

Posted by Tim on March 7, 2019

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November 18: Frederike Keating M.D., Doubt and Ignorance – Lessons from Medicine:

Posted by Tim on November 19, 2018

The experience of illness and healing is central to our humanity. In modern medicine, the path to healing is often frustratingly obscured by uncertainty and doubt. There’s diagnostic uncertainty, doubt in our ability to heal, and skepticism toward medicine as a whole. This contributes greatly to the suffering that comes with illness. I will investigate the theme of doubt in medicine with contributions from ancient Greece, Native American spirituality, and my own clinical practice.

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November 4th: Joe Kraus “Project Vision: One Town’s Innovative Response to Decline and Addiction”

Posted by Tim on November 6, 2018

November 4th: Joe Kraus: “Project Vision: One Town’s Innovative Response to Decline and Addiction” This will be a brief overview of how Project Vision came to be, what it has achieved and the challenges that remain.

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October 7th: Barnaby Feder – “Go Tell Mary: a Reflection on Service, Sacrifice, and Burn-Out”

Posted by Tim on November 6, 2018

“Go Tell Mary: a Reflection on Service, Sacrifice, and Burn-Out”
As UU’s, our calling is to make love effective in the world through service to others and opposition to injustice. It can be fulfilling, but it can also wear us out. Rev. Barnaby Feder reflects on some ways to embrace that reality.

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Sept 30 2018 – Bruce Lierman “Who Am I – Who Are We”

Posted by Tim on October 31, 2018

We live in what is perhaps the most individualistic country in the world, yet our UU principles call on us to attend to, and draw strength from, the larger community. Resolving this conflict is important to our personal happiness and our spiritual growth.

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