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Messages 2014

  • "The World Needs Chaos Muppets"

    Rev. Jennifer Channin, Assistant Minister

    “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” — The Book of Genesis

    Question for Reflection—Are you a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet?

  • "On the Doctrine of Discovery"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Lead Minister

    “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come here because your liberation is tied up with mine, then let us work together.” – Lilla Watson, Australian Aborigine social activist

    Question for Reflection— How might you begin to repair a broken relationship in your life?

  • "Living in Chaos"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Lead Minister

    “Right now I am trying to be in a place of calm, a place where I can chill out and then handle the chaos of life better. You don’t just get it overnight; you have to work at it. It’s a daily struggle.” — Jackée Harry

    Question for Reflection— Where is chaos in your life and what is the next step toward a place of calm?

  • "We Begin Again In Love"

    Rev. Jennifer Channin, Assistant Minister

    “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” — Lewis B. Smedes

    Question for Reflection— In what ways do you feel un-reconciled—to your loved ones, to the world, to God, to yourself? What is required for reconciliation?

  • "The Great End in Religious Instruction"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Lead Minister

    “In a word, the greatest end is to awaken the soul, to excite and cherish spiritual life.” — William Ellery Channing

    Question for Reflection— Who has helped you to awaken to a richer life?

  • "One Truth, Many Names: The Intersection of Hinduism and Unitarian Universalism"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Lead Minister

    “I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.” — Ani DiFranco

    Question for Reflection— How do you keep your heart and mind open in the face of differences?

  • "We All Need A Little Help"

    Adam Dyer, Intern Minister

    “Life doesn't make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.” – Erik Erikson

    Question for Reflection— How do we maintain our independence while living the truth of an interdependent web?

  • "Labor in the Pulpit"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Lead Minister

    “Not to take sides is effectively to weigh in on the side of the stronger.” — William Sloane Coffin

    Question for Reflection— Where in your life are you in transition?

  • "When We've Been Here 10,000 Years"

    Rev. Jennifer Channin, Assistant Minister

    “Time does not change us. It unfolds us.” — Max Frisch

    Question for Reflection — To you, what is the thread that runs through Unitarian Universalism?

  • "The Transient and the Permanent Remade"

    Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris, Guest Minister from the Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

    “Heaven and earth shall pass away, by my word shall not pass away.” — from the Christian Scriptures, Book of Luke

    Question for Reflection— As Theodore Parker asked, “Will you cling to what is fleeting or will you embrace what is eternal?”

    Due to copyright reasons, we will not be posting audio or video of this sermon, nor will the Service recording be available through our Book Room.

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