Services with audio transcripts

December 8, 2019

A Crack In Everything – Seeking Light in Darkness

Dana Seaborn with Worship Associate Shelley Motz – Here in ‘bleak midwinter’ we light a candle in the darkness. 

When we find ourselves in the dark days of our lives, where do we find the light?  Let’s look to our midwinter traditions, and to the songs and stories of our human family, to see if we can find some answers.

Dana Lynn Seaborn is a retired chaplain from Capital UU; she’s Métis, and has written new lyrics to “The Huron Carol.”

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December 1, 2019

Alert for the Awe-Inspiring

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Morgan Reid – In an atmosphere that seems to shrug its shoulders and take a been-there-done-that attitude toward nearly everything, how do we stay alert for things that inspire awe?

What does feeling a sense of awe do for us and to us?

We will explore the sources of awe in our lives and how to hold onto them.

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November 24, 2019

Gender, Equity, and Intersectionality

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Victoria Barr – In this service, we look at what our Unitarian Universalist – United Nation’s Office (UU-UNO) has been working on in the international community with regards to equity for LGBTQ+ people.

We also consider what we can do in our own UU communities. We’ll pay particular attention to ‘intersectionality.’ To quote a UU-UNO resource, “Intersectionality, a concept created by black feminist legal scholar and activist Kimberlé Crenshaw, describes the ways in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination or oppression (based on race, gender, class, etc.) create overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage … a person experiences the world through all the identities they hold, which cannot be separated.

Understanding intersectionality lifts up the reality that none of us can be free until we are all free”.

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November 17, 2019

Looking Our Future Squarely in the Eye

Philip Symons, Wally du Temple and Glenyss Turner with Worship Associate Lynne Bonner – The future holds more challenges than just a climate crisis. Many are worried about our planet and all the species – including humanity – who share it.

What is realistic to hope for in the future? What can the successes and failures of previous civilizations teach us about the future? Can we continue with our current way of life?

Can we, our children, and grandchildren hope for happy lives ahead? How can we prepare ourselves with the ethics and actions to get us through the next 50 difficult years? Join us for a deep dive into what lies ahead.

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November 10, 2019

Cultivating Silence

 Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Kressa Sisu –

One of the books I read during our summer break that has had the most impact on me is Silence: In the Age of Noise by Norwegian explorer and publisher, Erling Kagge.

This morning as we continue our focus on attention we’ll explore, both in concept and in practice, what silence can offer in the way of spiritual sustenance. How do we cultivate silence in our lives and in our beings?

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November 3, 2019

The Practice of Attention

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate David Vest –

We begin our month with a look at the practice of attention.

What could the spiritual practice of attention bring to our lives? How could it help us live our values as a Unitarian Universalists in the world?

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October 27, 2019

Parenting These Days

SPEAKERS: Parents with Worship AssociateSamantha Magnus — 

There is great diversity and complexity in who makes up a family, how parenting happens, and what family and home life look like. Small wonder that there is abundant variety in the philosophies, techniques and goals that different families have for their life together.

Today is about the realities of spiritual life in contemporary family within and beyond our congregation.

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October 20, 2019

Going It Together

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Shelly Motz and the Chalice Choir with Guest Conductor Brian Tate —
On this Sunday, as we make our 2020 financial pledges in support of this congregation, we look at the meaning of community. 

There is a growing isolation epidemic, and loneliness abounds throughout our world with fewer and fewer people able to say they have close friends. If we human beings are indeed social creatures and can only find solutions to the biggest problems that face us together – why do we so often “go it alone”? What can belonging to this congregation do to point us in the opposite direction

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October 13, 2019

Dual Faith Combo (with a side of fries)

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Morgan Reid — UU Jews, UU Buddhists, UU Christians, UU Hindus…

Our Unitarian Universalist faith welcomes people of a wide variety of beliefs and traditions.  What are the joys of living a dual faith life within our UU congregations? What are the challenges?  How does it affect one’s sense of belonging within a UU congregation?  And what are the challenges for us, as a community, as we strive to create space and spiritual depth for all? 

How do we walk the fine line between drawing on the wisdom of the world’s traditions and cultural misappropriation?  How do we advocate for multi-faith appreciation in our larger community?

Child Dedication Today!

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October 6, 2019

We Belong to a History (a UU theology sermon)

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Lynne Bonner — 

As we begin to explore what it means to be a people of belonging, we start by remembering that our congregation is part of a longer and larger history. 

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