Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

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by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg Life has plenty of obnoxious circumstances. Most of us can readily list at least a few things that consistently annoy us. As a countermeasure, author T. Wise recommends a quick reset that he calls a “pet fave.” The opposite of a pet peeve, he defines a pet fave(orite) as “that kind…

“The World Comes In…”

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg To be alive is to experience that, in the words of one of our readings, “the world comes in at every pore.” What better way to explore this idea than turning to two of life’s certainties, that babies will always be born and answers to life’s questions will always be sought?…

Come, Sing a Song

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg You are cordially invited to join Rev. Leah and our music director Steve at a Fellowship hymn sing! You pick the hymns on the fly, Steve will accompany the singing, and Rev. Leah will offer some historical background and theological notes. Whether you have firm favorites you’d like a chance to…

Like a Bridge

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg Bridging Youth: Emma Frederick, Will Scheffler, Peter Sieck, Brooke Wait Our annual bridging service includes a special ceremony to ritualize graduating high school seniors’ transition to adulthood. Children, youth and young adults (18-35 years of age) will have special roles. Bridging youth will share about where they are in their spiritual…

Beyond Doom and Gloom; Rooting Justice Work in Joy

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg No matter where we might place ourselves on the political spectrum, it seems like there is always so much overwhelming bad news! It’s hardly fun or sustainable to try to make the world a better place when we are fueled primarily by sorrow and suffering. After all, beauty and hope do…

Belonging

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg Reflection by Marie Luna, Director of Congregational Life Membership. Welcoming. Inclusion. Acceptance. There are many ways to get at the concept of belonging, because belonging is an important human need. We belong to friend groups, libraries, political parties, book clubs, and much more. As in other areas of life, belonging at…

Sabbatical Lessons on Compassion

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg Rev. Leah’s sabbatical last year offered her the chance to rest and renew after some busy years at home and the  Fellowship. She knew focusing on creative development and self care would feel good, but was unprepared for what she ended up learning about compassion. This all ages service will include…

Spiritual Wounds and How to Heal

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

Reflection and Special Music by Taizan Alford
Special Music: Only Love Can Heal by Taizan Alford, written for this service

This service was inspired by last summer’s annual question service, when someone in our community asked about how to make sense of the “squirm” they felt when hearing traditional religious language. Old spiritual triggers and wounds can be powerful, and sometimes they cause us great and continued suffering. Yet it is possible to face our hurt, and even reconnect (or maybe connect for the first time) with spiritual joy and meaning. Member Taizan Alford will offer some original music written specially for this theme.

Pesach, Pottery and Perfectionism

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

The Jewish festival of Pesach, or the Passover, just ended but the themes of bondage and liberation are with us all year, Jewish or otherwise. The ancient story that gets told this time of year is about enslavement by an evil king. As modern people, which forces, habits or ideas force us to serve them in everyday life? Come to hear about one of Rev. Leah’s evil oppressors (spoiler alert: it’s in the service title) and how she tries to get free from it! You’ll have a chance to contribute to a special collection for Harbor House and enjoy the Schiller-Riggers’ family performance of the all ages story.

Chosen By Complexity; A David and Goliath Story

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

It’s popular in Unitarian Universalism to think about our religious movement as a “chosen” faith. But what does that really mean? Chosen by whom and from among which options? When we focus only on personal choice, we can inadvertently hide and even devalue some of the ways our world helps us decide how to live. If we take a broader and more intentional view, we can celebrate the rich complexity of our individual journeys and even learn how to sustain and strengthen Unitarian Universalism.