Past Worship Services & Sermons

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Sunday, February 16, 2020: "NATURE, SAFETY AND HAPPINESS: How Can Darwin's Theory of Evolution Make Them a Better Fit?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: James Mack

Happy Charles Darwin's Birthday (February 12) and happy Evolution Weekend!  If the Unitarian Thomas Jefferson was right that the major goals of people are safety and happiness (and should be the goals of their governments) - and if the Unitarian Margaret Fuller was right that the purpose of life is to grow - how can the breakthrough ideas of Charles Darwin about the evolution of the human body and mind effect these goals and the human spirit they seek to satisfy?


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Sunday, February 9, 2020: "Resilience"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Jeanay Johnson

Worship Associate: John Motter

This service will be lead by RE Coordinator Jeanay Johnson with Worship Associate John Motter;  featuring our RE children. We are also moving into our second segment of Guest At Your Table, introducing Marta Velasque, where youth will conduct an interview during service. This month's theme is Resilience. What does it mean to be people of Resilience?  We will be highlighting this theme as well as some UU Black History to flow with the month.

Come as you are!

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Sunday, February 2, 2020: "ARE YOU DIVERSE ENOUGH FOR YOUR OWN GOOD? A Groundhog Day Sermon"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Susan Burnore & Sarah Craig

When we enter February and leave the darker months and cooler days behind, that is when the celebrations of the purifying arts of goddess Brigid, the shadow-side of Groundhog Day, and the flickering light of Candlemas each ask us, in contrasting ways, what hopes do you look to and what ways do you pursue them.  And, Why?


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Sunday, January 26, 2020: "O, WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE (When First We Practice to Perceive)"
Time: (All day)
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

 -Some of the foundational Transcendantalist Unitarians (eg, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott, Walt Whitman) urged that we break free from the wisdom teachings of earlier generations and learn life first hand from our inner experience of nature and nature's depths.  But others from the same school urged caution as to how much we let ourselves be guided by such intuitional and emotional responses (eg, Melville and Hawthorne - think Moby Dick and The Scarlet Letter).  Today, psychologists and neurologists are further deconstructing our senses of perceving, discerning, and choosing and are re-shaping how we think about the mind and its realities.  So, let us ponder, In comparison to the world's wisdom traditions, how is our understanding of truth and meaning being influenced by our own direct experience - and how should we respond to that?


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Sunday, January 19, 2020: "State of our Spirit 2020"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Paul Burnore
Guest Speaker: Emma Pedersen and Bud Murphy

Worship Associate:  John Motter

Events of the 2010s have shaped the spirit of our country in 2020.  While general stability and prosperity are evident to some, others have experienced distrust and fatigue.  Some believe the drumbeat of negative news left us with a mood of general malaise and confusion.

 

On Monday January 20 we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How can he and contemporary activists like Greta Thunberg help in our troubled times? How can we temper our own spirits back to good health and enrich our collective mood?

 

As the events of the past year and decade are assessed, we also assess ourselves. Sometimes we make resolutions to make changes that better meet our personal goals. Our actions and aspirations can also benefit our collective spirit.