Sermons & Newsletter – UU Church of Rutland

June 6, 2021 “Crazy Like Us” Ethan Watters

Posted by Tim on June 6, 2021

Ethan will discuss America’s Most troubling and least understood impact on globalization. Based on his book Crazy Like Us, he reveals that the most devastating consequence of the spread of American culture has not been out golden arches but our bulldozing of the human psyche itself. We are in the process of homogenizing the way the world goes mad. It turns out that we have not only been changing the way the world talks about and treats mental illness –we have been changing the mental illness themselves. As we introduce Americanized ways of treating mental illness, we are in fact spreading our version of these disease.

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May 30, 2021 – “To Keep, To Give, To Let Go, What To Do With Stuff” – Meg Baker

Posted by Tim on May 30, 2021

To Keep, To Give, To Let Go, What To Do With Stuff

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April 25 – All that Was Once Humanly Possible, Rev. Barnaby Feder

Posted by Tim on April 25, 2021

Rev. Barnaby serves the Champlain Valley UU Society, in Middlebury. He will bring some life to our Universalist heritage that culminates in some insight about religious passion from Rev. Emma Bailey, a largely forgotten Universalist minister from Wilmington, Vt., who was active in rural Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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April 18, 2021 – April 18 – Truth and Meaning after 2020, Gaye Symington

Posted by Tim on April 25, 2021

In November of 2020 Gaye led a service for the Mt. Mansfield UU Fellowship reflecting on political and social upheavals of the past four years and trying to come to terms with where UU principles offer guidance for navigating a path to seeing over the walls of division that are so prevalent in our world today. She’s updated those thoughts based on events since the election, but cautions that folks should not come to the service expecting clear answers or advice about the future. She looks forward to sharing her reflections and learning from the experiences and outlook of the Rutland congregation.

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April 11, 2021 “Science and Liberal Religion”, J.P. Cass

Posted by Tim on April 12, 2021

After the past year, what have we learned, and what are we still struggling with, when it comes to reconciling science and belief? This will be delve more into the book Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes.

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April 4 2021 “Preparing for Change – Again”, Rev. Barbara Threet

Posted by Tim on April 12, 2021

The truth is that all of life involves change, whether we’re prepared for it or not. But we anticipate an easing of Covid and embrace the possibility of more “normal” church for next year (fingers crossed!), so it’s a good time to examine what we’ve all learned about change. How can these last many months inform us going forward?

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March 28 – April Fool & More, Herb Ogden

Posted by Tim on March 29, 2021

What happens when practical jokes and religion mix? How easily can we be fooled about not only trivia but also about important things? Is there a hunger for hoaxes?

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Spiritual But Not Religious?, Calvin Dame – March 14, 2021

Posted by Tim on March 15, 2021

Many people now describe their religious attitude as spiritual but not religious. I find that, after a life spent connected to churches and congregations, religious but not spiritual probably fits me better.

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The Risk of Being Myself – February 28, 2021 – Matthew Pargater-Villareal

Posted by Tim on February 28, 2021

As we commit ourselves to “Side With Love”, join Matthew Pargater-Villarreal for a reflection on what it means for those of us in the LGBTQIA+ community to make the decision to come out and be ourselves -often in the midst of insurmountable odds- and how we can love, support, and celebrate all of those in the LGBTQIA+ community who are important members of our church family.

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February 21st: Rev. Barbara Threet “In the Spaces of Hope”

Posted by Tim on February 21, 2021

Where do UUs find hope – where do humans in general find it? What’s the difference between hope and blind optimism, or naiveté, or being a Pollyanna? Emily Dickinson says “hope is a thing with feathers” which makes it sound rather fleeting: is there a source of hope that endures?

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