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Sunday, November 3: A Lightness of Being: Toni Morrison’s theology

Living a life of “lightness” in a world that wants to weigh you down.  Weight=binary thinking. Lightness=intersectionality. UU expression of faith seeks lightness of being, much like Toni Morrison’s characters such as Sula lived in a world beyond the

Sunday, November 10: Howard Thurman and Spiritual Activism

Speaker: Rev. Taryn Strauss First Service: 9:30 am Second Service: 11:00 am We’ll explore Howard Thurman’s theology of a spiritual discipline against resentment. Professor of theology at Morehouse and Spelman, when he wrote Jesus and the Disinherited ( …

Radical Self Acceptance: a Dolly Parton Pride Service

Sunday, October 13 9:30 am & 11:00 am What do butterflies and Dolly have to teach us in our journey of becoming our truest selves? Dolly Parton’s life story can model how we can all honor our roots while becoming someone new.   We can have Pride in …

A UU Theology of Pleasure: the poetry of Hafiz

Sunday, October 20 9:30 am & 11:00 am Speaker: Amelia Shenstone A 14th Century Persian poet who lauded the joys of love and wine but also targeted religious hypocrisy.  What is the role of pleasure in the religious life grounded in mutuality and a …

A Good Death

Sunday. October 27 9:30 am & 11:00 am Speaker: Rev. Taryn Strauss What is a good death?  What is possible when we bring our UU values into the process of not just living, but dying? A Good Death Sermon Text “She was tying a colorful string of chatt …

Sunday Sermon: A Moral Discipline of Wonderment: Abraham Joshua Heschel

October 6, 2019 Speaker: Rev. Taryn Struass In our yearning for the unattainable, we must relinquish all human confidence that we might understand all there is to know. Ever a moral critic, Heschel demands the true believer must access eternal empathy …