Sunday, June 21, 2015 "Equanimity and the Great Truth of Wabi Sabi"- Rev. Leslie Takahashi
Each of our lives holds complex truths, colored by the tints of unwanted troubles and flaws which are part of the way of the world. Part of our challenge as living and growing beings is to be mindful of this truth and to greet it with equanimity. The Japanese concept of "wabi sabi" offers some insights for how we can see the beauty in life's imperfections. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for this exploration.
Sunday, May 31, 2015 "The Legacy of Spinoza"- Revs. Leslie Takahashi and David Morris
This year's Serv-U Auction sermon was purchased by therapist and retired Rabbi Milton Matz, who invites us to consider the extraordinarily timely thought and dramatic life of this foundational philosopher of the Enlightenment. Considered heretical by Christian and Jewish authorities of his time, Spinoza first articulated many ideas that became vital to our early Unitarian and Universalist religious ancestors. In the new dialogue between science and religion, his time may have finally come!
Sunday, June 14, 2015 "Taken Out of Context"- Rev. David Morris
Any statement interpreted in isolation is often subject to misunderstanding or even distortion. In the same way, our lives find meaning not as solitary experiences but in the context of relationships, communities, and histories. What happens when we are "taken out of context"? Rev. David Morris' final service at MDUUC explores the connections that sustain us and give meaning to our lives
Sunday, May 24, 2015 "The Tyranny of Structurelessness"- Rev. Leslie Takahashi
Don't we always want more free time? Don't we always want more freedom? And yet don't we sometimes find that when we have these things all does not work out as we hoped? In our tradition, we continue to explore and refine how we can best structure our personal and community lives in order to empower individuals and maintain the security which being a member of a well-functioning whole provides. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi as she returns from her second sabbatical month to contemplate how healthy parameters enhance the freedom we celebrate on Memorial Day.
Sunday, June 7, 2015 "Roots to Buds"- Rev. Leslie Takahashi, Rev. David Morris and Mr. Barb Greve
In the uniquely Unitarian ritual of the Flower Communion, each person brings a flower to place in a common vase and then takes another as a gift of community. In our bridging service, we honor the transition into young adulthood of our youth. Please bring a flower to share and join us for this very special service.
Sunday, May 17, 2015 "Youth Service"