The second source of the living Unitarian Universalist tradition that we share is: “Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” Prophets of every time and place share this task, but the means they use to get our attention must be updated constantly. From Muhammad to Martin Luther King to a Buddhist nun named Jun, let’s explore some of their strategies today. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro
“Improvisation and Unitarian Universalism have more than a little bit in common. Both require an open mind and the willingness to explore past a predetermined path, for example. What wondrous possibilities might there be when faith and improvisation intersect?”
Idolatry is the only classic “sin” that’s mentioned by name in our statement of UU Principles, Purposes and Sources. That should get our attention, but what exactly does it mean? Can any form of worship that uses images instead of sticking to words alone be called idolatry? Can written texts—scriptures—be used in idolatrous ways? Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
At this winter time of the New Year, there is nothing so warm and cozy as a service where we sing hymns together, particularly those that bring us joy and hope for the days ahead. We will have some hymns picked out ourselves for sure, but you might also come with some favorites and requests. This is led by our member pianist, Debra Tomsen.
This service has been canceled due to icy weather.
Some years back, a nationally syndicated columnist recoiled in disgust at a computer-generated reconstruction of what Jesus’ face might have looked like. Her comments reveal an ugly mindset about the “Other” that we’ll interrogate this morning. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Our children will once again be presenting the Winter Pageant, which features them in adorable costumes acting out the solstice stories of eight different religious traditions. This Wy’east creation celebrates how we all find meaning in the darkness of winter, no matter which stories are told and which holidays we observe. This pageant coordinated by Anders Liljeholm and other religious educators.
Is there a way to honor both science and religion without getting into an argument about their divergent truth-claims? Let’s look at some of the basics that both approaches share. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Each autumn, we pause to give thanks for the food we gather from the earth. In this service, we’ll hear stories from four of our members about a loaf of bread, how the bread connects to their personal history, and the meaning it holds for them. Then, during social hour, they’ll share these loaves with all of us. This service coordinated by long-time Wy’east member, Anders Liljeholm.
Today we’ll explore two famous passages from the Qur’an—Islam’s sacred text—and try to unpack their meaning. Can grammar be exciting? Come find out today! Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.