Sermons

Risking Sanctuary

by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

Several Unitarian Universalist congregations have already become, or are preparing to become a “Sanctuary” congregation to house undocumented persons under threat of deportation. Many in our community live in fear of deportation and are looking for safe harbor at churches and congregations who are willing to support them. What are the moral issues around immigration – and do those moral issues call us, as a congregation, to provide sanctuary?

Our True, Original Course

Rev. Kathleen Rolenz, Jay Thomas, Music Director, and Fellowship Member John Newhall

One of the ways in which people navigate themselves when lost at sea is to chart a course using the north star. There’s no denying that we live in a time of great change, and many have said they felt “at sea.” How do you navigate your way through conflicting narratives, alternative facts and the many pulls and demands of life in such a way that reflects what one poet calls “our true, original course?”

Excerpt from “The Buried Life” with the Fellowship Choir, Set to music by Jay Thomas

Changing Our Story

with the Stewardship Team

For many years, the story of the Fellowship’s life has been “we do well with what we have.” As the Fellowship enters another chapter of its life, we (Fellowship members) need to change that story to one where we have the resources to fully embrace our mission. This multigenerational service will be led by members of the Fellowship as they identify the ways in which the story we have told ourselves about the fellowship needs to change; as a new, and exciting one begins to emerge.

How I Learned Not To Trust My Feelings

by David Dodd

We’ve all heard that it’s important to trust our feelings if we want to live a fulfilling life. But what if we have a mental illness that interferes with our moods, such as major depression? David Dodd will describe the time he took the risk of living without the anti-depressants that manage his major depressive disorder, and what he learned about living with strong emotions that he could not trust.

Skeleton Architecture of Our Lives: A Bridge Across Our Fears

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

Poetry is an ancient global art form about which much has been made and said. There are probably as many opinions on and uses for it as there are poems and poets. Based on this month’s Wellspring Wednesday adult enrichment program (6:30 pm on February 8th; theme of poetry as a spiritual practice), Rev. Leah, worship leader Tina Main and local acclaimed poet Cathryn Cofell will reflect on the idea that poetry can be a skeleton architecture of our lives. This metaphor of skeleton architecture comes to us from Audre Lorde, who says that “poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.”

Hearts, Guide Us

by Rev. Brian Mason

To find delight in the world is a risk. Left to their own devices the assaults of the world can whittle away at our passions and dreams, wreaking havoc on our hearts and hopes. Messages of great divide and upheaval rock us each night, especially so in this time of transition and unknowing. Acquiescing to such messages is tempting, but we can gather together as the beloved community in an act of resistance: let us risk to dream the world anew.

Resistance and Resilience

by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

On this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, I’ll look at the legacy of President Obama’s legacy and his influence on the state of black America today. As we look ahead towards the inaguration of a new president, what are the strategies we must use to resist injustice and how do we develop the resilience to stay active and engaged for the next chapter of America’s life?

Hearing Voices

by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

In ancient times, “hearing voices” was a sure sign of being chosen as a prophet. In contemporary times, it may indicate a mental health crisis. Yet, each one of us has a private soundtrack in our heads; a chorus of voices who, for better or worse, shape who we are and the decision we make. Which voices should we listen to and which ones should we ignore?

Waiting for a Miracle

by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

Thomas Jefferson famous excised any mention of “miracles” from the Bible. Ralph Waldo Emerson rejected the notion of miracles apart from human agency. Yet, about 80% of Americans believe in miracles. How does science-minded Unitarian Universalism understand miracles and where, at the beginning of the holiday season, might we find them today?

The Mystery of our Pain

by Rev. Hope Engeseth
with Marla Mischler, Worship Leader

Reflections of a life’s journey of learning lessons from Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri when he wrote, “There are things that burn us now which turn golden when I am happy. Do you see the mystery of our pain?”