During the forty days before Easter, many Christians fast or pause activities which disconnect them from the holy. A Unitarian Universalist approach might ask, what will you give up for this season to help life along? We do this knowing nothing is so strongly attached that the wind won’t blow it away.
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 addiction. Who is our enemy and who are we? – […]
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 […]
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 […]
So many of us come to Unitarian Universalism to find community, to renew our spirits, to commit ourselves to the work of justice. But the promises we made as liberal religious people were made in a world very different than the one in which we live today. How shall we now live our faith, in […]
2.03.19, In God We Trust? Rev. Kent Matthies Rumi said, “You were born with goodness and trust.” The question often becomes, trust in what? Trust in God? Trust in Love? Trust in Life? These are deep and complicated questions for many of us. Thankfully, our Unitarian Universalist tradition embraces an open and honest search in […]
At the heart of each one of us resides essential Light, also known in Sanskrit as prana. In most of us, however, this Light is dampened, shrouded in a cloak of self-protective darkness that prevents us from standing fully in our powerful presence, individually and in relationship with others. We are mired in habits that […]
1.20.19, MLK Sunday: Possibility against the Three Headed Monster, Rev. Kent Matthies One year before his death Dr King preached at Riverside Church in New York about the triple headed monster of racism, militarism and poverty. After that sermon, for the rest of his tragically short life, King had enemies and antagonists on all sides. […]
The New Year is a time when we can embrace new possibilities. Many times in order to have time, energy or focus, we have to “say no” first. What do you need to stop, leave or say “No” to in order to embrace your possibilities?