We human beings – and other animals – can get stuck in patterns of behavior. The free thinking church creates an environment to engage important topics with open minded curiosity. Parenting philosophies often differ on how to approach a multitude of issues involving offspring of every age. Is it good to have a newborn sleep in bed with the parents, or not? While supporting adult children where is the line between healthy support and unhealthy enabling? Heaven knows that for all these issues we need one another as we try to do our best.
Come celebrate Beltane (May Day) with the EarthSpirit Circle. Beltane is the anglicized name for the Gaelic May Day festival, which is an ancient Celtic fire festival. It honors life and celebrates Summer and the energy of the Earth. Dancing of the Maypole will occur after the service.
Three days after his murder, they rolled away the stone and found an
empty tomb. Jesus may or may not have risen and walked out of the tomb
to return to us. What we are more certain of is that Easter calls us to
celebrate that powerful, important and miraculous resurrections ARE
happening right now. In your life and in the larger world, what are the
tangible ways in which hope is growing out of despair?
Did you know our congregation has a covenant of right relations? Yes,
we do! Our diverse, spiritually vibrant congregation has made sacred
promises to specific ways of being with one another. These include:
-Express gratitude for the efforts of others, particularly those who volunteer.
-Ask for help when needed and give help as able.
-Listen, with an open heart, to fully appreciate another’s point of view.
-Approach disagreements and conflicts constructively, communicating with others in a direct, caring and responsible manner.
Come explore how these ways of being can help us – as individuals and
community – to achieve wholeness and our greatest potential in body,
mind and spirit.
The theme for April is Wholeness. As with most themes, there are many ways of coming to an understanding of what it may mean. Four members of USG will share how they see the concept, each from a different perspective.
Charles Gabriel was raised in the Catholic Church, wandered aimlessly
through a 35 year period of atheism and finally developed a spiritual
center to his life through the gift of the 12-step programs Nar-Anon and
Al-Anon that he became involved with through his step-son’s drug
Who is our enemy and who are we? – An exploration and a universalist view of inclusion in the beloved community.
Charles joined USG in October, 2004 and has held several volunteer
positions including Budget & Finance Committee member, Buildings
& Grounds committee co-chair, Strategic Planning Council chair and
Board of Trustees member. He is now retired from church leadership and
sings in the USG choir. Today marks his eighth sermon at USG.
NASA’s Opportunity, the Mars Rover, just finished 15 years of rolling across our neighbor planet’s rocky red soil. Opportunity
helped to discover evidence that ancient Mars had water and might have
been capable of sustaining life. This Stewardship Sunday we celebrate
the opportunity USG gives us to sustain and empower life and love!
Being generous to our church is one element of the endeavor.
If life is a journey why are there so many detours? Because everyone has to take a turn – ha ha! We can plan all we want but so many times life is composed of interruptions and unplanned changes. Following a roundabout route is essential in many aspects of a quality life journey.
What does it mean to be a people on a journey? With this
spiritual question of the month, we begin with the theme of loneliness.
It turns out that many presumptions about loneliness are off-base. For
example, many times one is not the loneliest number. Nor is loneliness
necessarily tied to highly individualist societies. Should we mindfully
attempt to accept loneliness? How can we improve our relationships with