Freedom Within Fences

Freedom Within Fences by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy “Fences make great neighbors” is a folksy way of saying that our relationships are stronger when we have clear boundaries. Many people think that being a UU means total freedom– believe, or act, however you want. But that’s not true! What are the “fences” that might be part…

“The truth will set you…”

by Rev. Leah Ongiri Despite what the oft-quoted biblical verse implies, freedom isn’t automatically guaranteed by knowing the truth. Squaring with the truth can be a tricky but worthwhile part of healing a relationship with self, other, or community. True release can come from honestly incorporating what we know into our story as we move…

The Healing Power of Relationship

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy What does it mean to be a part of a religious community like this Fellowship? Is it different from other groups, and if so, how? In a world where disconnection seems to be the norm, how can we support each other through the healing power of relationship? Join Rev. Christina and…

Giving as an Act of Love

Reflections by Kathryn Tollefson and Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy This all ages service will use the beautiful story Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, to celebrate the deep need that we all have to feel loved, and how we might not know the power we have on others’ lives. We’ll explore what it means to be a…

In Defense of Anger

by Rev. Leah Ongiri Rev. Leah grew up learning that anger is a deeply undesirable emotion. It’s dangerous, antisocial, immature, unhelpful, and to be squelched at all costs. This service will explore the opposite side(s) of anger. Does it have nuance—are there different kinds of being mad? Can being pissed off ever teach or help…

What We Have, What We Offer

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy Shame often rears its ugly head when we consider what we possess, and how we use it. Both our bodies and our money have been objects of societal shame for generations– how can we break that cycle and rejoice in what we have?

Healing with Imposter Syndrome

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy This month as we explore the concept of healing from shame, let’s explore the ways shame embeds itself in our own minds, often through the phenomenon of “imposter syndrome,” worrying that we don’t measure up to the opinions or expectations of others. Come, let’s free ourselves from imposter syndrome and celebrate…

Maladjusted to Injustice

Martin Luther once said, “There are some things in our social system that I’m proud to be maladjusted to, and I call upon you to be maladjusted to,” and he listed off the injustices of his time. On this all-ages celebration of Martin Luther King Day, we will hear a present-day fable reminding us never…

Addiction and Recovery

Reflections by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy and Jesse Heffernan As we move into our season of “Healing from Shame,” we will explore one area of human experience that touches almost everyone in some way: addiction. People who experience addiction are often shamed, denied support, or blamed. Come find out how to support people in your life…

Cycles and Seasons

by Marie Luna, Director of Congregational Life There are many ways we can observe and celebrate the cycles and seasons of the earth, and some cycles that we have created ourselves, including how this culture marks New Year’s Eve. Following the seasons and the opportunities they give us to start over can be meaningful and…