Have you ever allowed yourself to question why you should or shouldn’t do something and simply done what you are urged to do? Some of us wrestle with the “shoul’s” and “should not’s” that fill our lives. What happens if I break that rule? What happens if I follow my own drum beat? What if […]
As the political and social climate shifts away from liberal religious values, liberal faith communities need to hone their message and strengthen their connections. (Inspired by the 2012 Berry Street Lecture From iChurch to Beloved Community Rev. Fredric J. Muir http://www.uuma.org/mpage/BSE2012 and recent events.) Rev. Renee Ruchotzke has been serving the UUA as Congregational Life […]
Are we willing to open our minds and hearts to people who may not think like us? What does it look like, what does it feel like? How do we do it? Explore this habit of the Heart For Democracy.
In the spirit of communal celebration and connection we all seek to share, the Bread Service will be joyful, thoughtful, and generous. Through music, poetry, readings, and song we will embrace our commonalities and seek to put aside conflict for a time.
Finding Your Voice – Respect and compassion for others starts by respecting yourself, feeling compassion for yourself. A vibrant democracy needs citizens who say what they need, and share what they yearn for.
How often do you have a real conversation with someone you strongly disagree with? When you do, are you trying to convince the person of your point of view, trying to listen, or something else? In this service I will reflect on my recent experiences with deep dialogue around the topic of Black Lives Matter. […]
Service led by our Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team (Edie Fuchsman, Mary Melaragno, Frank Swinehart) with Rev. Mary. We’ll explore coming out – to ourselves, to our families and to the wider world, and how community makes a difference.
“To thine own self be true.” That is about the soundest advice you could get. But, what does it really mean? How do you know who you really are, let alone how to be true to yourself? The more we live on the surface of our identity, the less we are in touch with our […]
We have no choice but to be haunted. Long after a loved one or friend dies, we still have undelivered messages for that person. This service, drawing on pre-Christian traditions of the Celts, addresses that unmet need.
3rd Habit of the Heart for Vibrant Democracy. How may we hold tension creatively – in our relationships, congregation, community – so we open to new understandings of ourselves and our world, enhancing our lives and allowing us to enhance other people’s lives?