Planning holiday meals or visiting with friends or family can lead to deep satisfaction and beautiful memories. The holidays can also mean unmet expectations and needs. Many times, we have to let go of previous hopes and accept new realities. Can we accept the imperfections of holidays – and our lives – as blessed mess?
Rev. Kent Matthies
As an important part of an enriching, multi-generational Community Day we will celebrate a meaningful, participatory Thanksgiving bread communion. At all ages, we go through exciting and challenging situations. Regardless of circumstance we can do what we can to give back to life with generosity.
Join us for the tradition of Dia de los Muertos. On this sacred day, our church becomes a respectful and even happy place to remember the dead. Mariachi Flores, who played for Pope Francis during his visit, will enliven our celebration. Please bring a photo of a deceased loved one to share at our altar.
We will explore building a Unitarian Universalist faith where every UU feels called to not just get involved but to reside in the struggle for racial justice for the long haul. How do we move to a deeper understanding of all levels of anti-racism work? A caucus will be available for People of Color.
If we are lucky, we grow up with some sense of order. Throughout our lives though, we all experience moments of disruption or chaos from mental illness, addiction, moving, a natural disaster or just having lots of surprises in a day. How do we come to identify, accept and work creatively and positively with chaos?
500 years ago Luther posted his 95 theses, a major catalyst to the Reformation. Religion, a social construct designed to meet personal and community needs, is often deeply interwoven with prevailing narratives. When the story breaks, like learning the earth is not flat and the sun does not orbit the earth, big changes can happen.
One of the most enriching elements of Kent’s sabbatical was learning about and practicing mindfulness, commonly defined as “paying attention to the present, without rejecting or attaching”. He will share some of his experiences, which include the simple, but powerful truth that he can always come back to his breath. You can too.
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in one drop.” ~ Rumi. As we begin the new church year, we celebrate inherent wisdom, strength and courage. Bring water from home or a place special to you to pour into a community bowl, highlighting blessings given and received.
The attack on protestors in Charlottesville is yet another in an endless series of tragic incidents. We have entered a new phase of great struggle for the soul of our nation. Our most important values of liberty, democracy and justice are at risk. Each of us must find ways to participate with love, courage and hope.
Rev. Kent’s last sermon before his six-month sabbatical. Universalists believed that all people go to heaven. Whatever one believes about an afterlife, heaven and hell can exist here and now.Too much focus on the past or future can debilitate. How can we all build resiliency by drawing upon the positive power of now?