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Messages 2013

  • "Ring Out the False, Ring In the True"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister “We cannot enter the New Year smooth as babes, but we do enter as survivors, often enriched, tougher, wiser, and, seasoned by life’s struggles, readier for the time to come. Our scars signal more than lamentation; not injury but renewal, not grief but reconciliation, not ruin but restoration, not the old year’s accumulation of woe, but the new year’s reality of healing, strength, and hope.” - Clark Dewey Wells
    Today's Service does not feature a Traditional Sermon. Instead, Arvid lead the Congregation in a Meditation and then allowed each in attendance to write down and aspiration or resolution for the New Year.

  • "The Weaving of Shadow and Light" A Solstice Service

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister and the Core Team of the Earth Centered Spirituality Circle
    “A sensitive plant in a garden grew, and the young winds fed it with silver dew, and it opened its fan-like leaves to the light, and closed them beneath the kisses of night.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley from The Sensitive Plant 1820
    Question for Reflection — What is waiting to open within you?

  • "A Ceremony of Carols"

    Annual Winter Service of Music Due to copyright infringement laws, we are not able to post a recording of this Service. This Service will also not be available in our Book Room for purchase for the same reason.  

  • "The Mother of Us All"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister "Joy, thou goddess, fair immortal, offspring of Elysium,
    Mad with rapture, to the portal of thy holy fane we come!
    Fashion’s laws, indeed, may sever, but thy magic joins again;
    Humankind is one forever, ‘neath thy mild and gentle reign.” - Friedrich Schiller 1759-1827

  • "The God We Don't Believe In"

    Elizabeth Bukey, Intern Minister
    “If you believe in God, the best thing you can do for yourself is to suspend your belief for a while, because undoubtedly your God is too small and you must grow beyond that God. On the other hand, if you don’t believe in God, your very disbelief is a stumbling block.” — Rev. Dr. Forrest Church
    Reflection Question – How would you describe a “God” you might believe in?

  • "If Your Only Prayer is 'Thank You' . . ."

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister
    “If the only prayer you ever say is ‘Thank you,’ that will suffice.” — Meister Eckhart

  • "Kindness In the Age of Meanness

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” - 14th Dalai Lama
    Reflection Question – What is a random act of kindness you can do this afternoon?

  • "The Beginning of Love"

    Rev. Jan Christian, Guest Minister from the UU Church of Ventura
    “Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field I’ll meet you there; where the soul lies down in the grass, the world is too full to talk about.” — Rumi
    Reflection Question – Richard Rohr has written, “If you don’t transform your pain, you will always transmit your pain.” How is this true?

  • "Power to the People"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister
    “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Question for Reflection — What is one thing you can do to advance your education and our democracy?

  • "The Dead Come to Life"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister “Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.” — John Muir
    Reflection Question – In what ways does your relationship with beloved people who have died continue?

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