Services with audio transcripts

December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve for All Ages

4:30 pm – Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Kressa Sisu –

Join us for our annual singing of the timeless music of the season and exploration of the story of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

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December 22, 2019

Waiting Can Be Sweet

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Victoria Barr –

In the midst of the Christian liturgical season of advent, we will look at the gifts that can be found in waiting and expectation.

How does our ability to be patient, to wait for things to come to us offer us gifts that making things happen and proactive doing sometimes can’t?

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December 15, 2019

Paradoxical Awe

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate David Vest –

How is it that awe – at the magic of the northern lights, at the breathtaking beauty of a spectacular sunset, at the majesty of the mountains and ocean – can make you feel so insignificant and yet also a part of the larger whole? 

And another puzzle: how might we cultivate sense of awe in the ordinary amidst the every-day, even when we are feeling a distinct lack of awesomeness in our lives? 

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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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