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Upcoming Sermons

Videos of past sermons are available on our YouTube Channel.

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May 20, 2018 – ONE SERVICE “Intention and the Art of Relationships”

Join us for our annual youth-led service to explore the intersection between our ethics, as informed or at least influenced by our UU values, and our ability to have relationships across differences. We will also be celebrating our Coming of Age youth, who will be sharing their credos with us after a year of Unitarian Universalist immersion. This is an all ages worship, with childcare available for up to 1st grade. Coordinated by our Director of Lifespan Religious Education Indigo Lewis and Marena MacGregor, who serves as our lead youth adviser.

May 27, 2018 – ONE SERVICE 10:15 a.m. – “When Words Fail: On Memorial Day and Our Culture of Violence”

The writer Margaret Atwood once said, “War is what happens when language fails.” As violence increases in our world, we are responsible for accounting for its costs. On this Memorial Day weekend, join Rev. Leslie Takahashi and veteran and member Jim Hasse will share some ponderings.

Past Sermons

May 13, 2018 – “The Necessity of Imperfection”

Out of the fragments of a beautiful and broken world, we work to build our lives. How can we make space for our greatest aspirations, while also honoring our limitations and our imperfections? Intern Minister Natalie Malter will build on…
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May 6, 2018 – “The Inferiority of Perfection”

What happens when we decide to re-imagine what we are taught to believe are our imperfections as reflections of our greatest strengths? What happens if we choose not to fix what we have been told is “defective” but instead fix…
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April 29, 2018: “No Time for a Casual Faith”

With Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. From Phoenix to Charlottesville, UUA President, Susan Frederick-Gray, will reflect on the challenges of this moment for our country and the planet and how our UU communities can be places of…
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April 22, 2018: “The Wisdom of Redwood Trees”

In an age of technology, it can be easy to feel disconnected from the world around us. What lessons can we learn from the redwood trees? What do they have to say about grief, humility, and connection? This Sunday Intern…
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April 8, 2018:  DIY Virtues: Courage

Rev. Leslie Takahashi will look at how we nurture and nourish courage in our times. This is part of the DIY Virtues series, looking at traits once valued which have fallen out of favor in our times.
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April 1, 2018 – “Rolling Away the Stone(s): Celebrations of Easter.”

Please join us for our services at 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.  The first service will be a traditional service with sermon by Rev. Leslie Takahashi and the second service will be a multigenerational celebration. Join us for our uniquely Unitarian Universalist…
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March 25, 2018 – “Faithful? Who Me?”

Does the idea of faithfulness have any traction for us as religious liberals in 2017? What does it mean to be faithful when we don’t all believe the same thing and when we don’t all agree on how we connect…
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March 18, 2018 – “Legacy”

“Legacy”. Author Stephen Cave says there are four kinds of legacies which we can leave, an important concept in our “living tradition” when we nurture new growth as offshoots of the deep roots and strong trunk of those who have…
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March 11, 2018 – One Service at 11:15: “Strong Roots, New Buds”

One Service at 11:15: “Strong Roots, New Buds” with Revs. Mary Katherine Morn and Leslie Takahashi. Join us for this special service on Celebration Commitment Sunday. We will have both our band and our choir and our children’s choir as…
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March 4, 2018 – “Hinterland’s Who’s Who?”

Rev. Neal spent the first 35 years of his life in Canada and first came to Unitarian Universalism as a young adult in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This Sunday, he will share stories of Unitarian Universalist and Canadian history and explore some…
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February 25: Medusa’s Footprints

A break-through of our age has been an understanding of trauma and all that it entails for the individual. How does this also inform our common life together? How would public policies be changed if this were more commonly understood?…
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February 18: What’s Love Got to do With It?

On this Sunday after Valentine’s Day, we will explore the concept of Agape, a universal and unconditional love that transcendent and persistent regardless of circumstances. How are we called as a religious community to practice and experience the love known…
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February 11: Patience Is the River

In Winnie The Pooh, Milne writes: “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” How do we cultivate this important practice? This is part of the DIY Virtue series. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for an exploration.
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February 4 – Gifts of God

Each year we are grateful to host the Balazs Scholar. This year Rev. Emese Bodor will grace our pulpit.  What is the heritage which was given to us by our family, our faith, and our communities?  Are we aware of…
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January 28, 2018: Service of the Living Tradition

Join us for these services in which we honor births, deaths, and members of our congregation. Led by Rev. Leslie Takahashi. The 11:15 service will be followed by our Congregational Meeting.
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January 21, 2018: Humility for “Thinking” People

We live in a world plagued by the secret cost of shame, in which people are told to build themselves up and to think positive. How does the ancient practice of humility allow us to find a better balance and…
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January 14, 2018: “Revive Us Again” A Service for Martin Luther King Day”

Rev. Leslie Takahashi will lead this service to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and the modern leadership of Rev. Dr. William Barber who is recreating the Poor People’s Campaign.
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January 7, 2018: “Leftovers”

Though not consumed immediately, these morsels can be saved for a delicious meal in the future. They may also become a curse haunting us from the back of the fridge, taunting us to eat or throw away. Rev. Neal will…
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December 31 10:15 a.m. : Letting Go and Opening to Possibility

This passing year, 2017, was one that brought many challenges and opportunities for growth. How do we restore our spirits and let go of those places where we may have fallen short of our marks? Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for…
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December 24: One Morning Service at 10:15 a.m.
Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

We will have a regular morning service at 10:15 a.m. For the evening services, please bring cookies to share so that we can enjoy a little fellowship. 5:00 p.m. Children’s Service 7:00 p.m. Carols, Candles, and Stories 8:30 p.m. Carols,…
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December 17 – Single Service – 10:15 a.m. – When The Stars Shine Brightest. Evening Solstice Service at 7:00 p.m.

One service only this Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Joining our amazing children’s choir for this service celebrating these darkest days of the year. An inspiring and uplifting multigenerational celebration of this season. Evening Solstice Service 7:00 p.m. A special service…
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December 10: “The Gift of Presence”

It is being discovered that loneliness is one of the great afflictions of our time. During the holiday season when loneliness can become particularly acute, Rev. Anderson will call us to reject the cult of individualism and embrace life-sustaining theologies…
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December 3: At Home In Acceptance

Families come in many shapes and sizes and are often know sculpted rather than inherited. In this season in which we are often drawn by media and tradition to embrace one model of family, how can others provide inspiration. Acceptance…
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November 26: The Daily Challenges of Gratitude: ONE SERVICE at 10:15 a.m.

In this season of Thanksgiving, we reflect upon that for which we are thankful and also on how gratitude is anything but an easy practice. Rev. Leslie Takahashi will lead this service which will feature our annual bread and cider…
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November 19: Awakening Hope

Jon Kabat-Zinn once said, “Little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” In a time when our nation is coming to terms with an epidemic of addiction in our midst, how do we cultivate awareness and a sense of our…
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November 12: I Need to Breathe

I don’t think that I am the only one suffering from Executive Order disorder, the daily if not hourly dose of anxiety and despair brought on by the latest heartbreaking announcement from D.C.. Shortness of breath often accompanies these moments,…
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November 5: Black Holes and Beloved Community

As we mark the week of another Election Day, many of us are in deep contemplation about how we can truly achieve Beloved Community–an ideal where all are honored, heard and held. As Unitarian Universalists, we are facing our own…
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October 29: Finite Time and Infinite Life

Each year we honor “All Souls,” a time of marking our relationship with those we have love and lost to death. Join Revs. Leslie Takahashi and Ranwa Hammamy and intern minister Natalie Malter for this powerful annual tribute to our…
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October 22: How Wolves Change Rivers & The Blessing of the Animals

Our First Service will ask, Does our awareness of our environment matter in an age of global warming? Does it matter how we relate to one another on a planet shrunk by technology and fear? Rev. Leslie Takahashi will examine…
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October 15: Put A Ring On It

In the immortal words of 21st century theologian Beyonce, “If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it.” Part our new Minister for Engagement and Justice, Rev. Neal Anderson’s responsibilities is to minister with and to…
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