Jan 21, 2018 Service on Purposefulness

Karen lead us in an introspective hour of trying to define our purpose as a community church.  Unitarian Universalism does not have a guiding creed to which all members must dedicate their lives.  We are a diverse community and we tolerate diversity in the spiritual journey of others.  We believe in exploring spirituality, but not imposing one version of it on any seeker.  We also believe in social justice, and respect for the balance of nature and the environment. So, we are trying to craft a succinct statement that we can post here to help you understand something about us before you come visit.

So, we are trying to define a mission statement. 

Please come join us next week when we will have another presentation on some aspect of our 7 Principles.

Peace,

Rick

Come, come whoever you are,

Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving,

Ours is no caravan of despair,

Come, yet again, come

-Rumi

Jan 14, 2018 Service about Martin Luther King Jr.

Madeline presented a service about MLK.  More later when I get her notes.  Sorry.

Peace,

Rick

Jan 7, 2018 Service about History

Nick and Matt presented the history of the world in 20 minutes in conjunction with our principle #6: World community with peace and justice.  Afterwards we had an interesting discussion about where civilization has been, what has lead us to this point, and how transient it all is.  History is full of echos.  Another thing that history teaches us about the modern world is that major changes in society are usually paired with major changes in technology.  We are facing a major change in our technology today.  Computing power and the overwhelming numbers of people on the planet have brought about the Anthropocene age.  We will discuss this further in the future.

Come join us.  We would love to have your input too.  Every week is different, but every week will have a presentation based on one of our 7 principles (see them elsewhere... Google knows how to find them.)

Peace,

Rick

Dec 31, 2017 Service about our Spiritual Journey

We are a spiritual community in which we have a large variety of people speak to us as a congregation about matters that pertain to one of our 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles.  Today we came together as a group and discussed our own journey that lead us to this congregation in the first place.  

We all seek to belong to a community that is bigger than ourselves.  Some people to talk with, some people to lean on, some people to discuss the great and small questions about how we should live to be our ideal selves.  This is a community of values.  We believe in the loving teachings of Jesus, but we do so without the burden of a doctrine that requires belief in one or another particular miracles.  We believer that the miracles are not the important part of the biblical story.  We explore the nature of god through reverence, not through magic.

If you are seeking a religious home but are wary of religious charlatans, we might be the place for you.  We question, we often doubt.  But, we are open and accepting you while you are on your spiritual journey.

Cherish your doubts, for doubt is the attendant of truth.

Doubt is the key to the door of knowledge; it is the servant of discovery.

A belief which may not be questioned binds us to error, for there is incompleteness and imperfection in every belief.

Doubt is the touchstone of truth; it is an acid which eats away the false.

Let no one fear the truth, that doubt may consume it; for doubt is a testing of belief.

The truth stands boldly and unafraid; it is not shaken by the testing:

For truth, if it be truth, arises from each testing stronger, more secure.

Those that would silence doubt are filled with fear; their houses are built on shifting sands.

But those who fear not doubt, and know its use, are founded on rock.

They shall walk in the light of growing knowledge; the work of their hands shall endure.

Therefore let us not fear doubt, but let us rejoice in its help:

It is to be the wise as a staff to the blind; doubt is the attendant of truth.

Peace,

Rick