Healing comes to us in many ways. And there are many paths to healing. For example, the practice of “slow medicine” lures us into a deeper inquiry into our life as a whole. Sacred stories invite us into new ways of seeing and being. Music … read more.
Speaker: Rev. Larry Peers
The work of democracy is ongoing and requires constant tending and practice. What are the practices that allow us to move forward with courage? The Sikh writer and activist, Valarie Kaur, passes on the lesson that she learned from her own grandfather and the Sikh … read more.
Sometimes when we “tune out” even ourselves, we miss opportunities for a deeper engagement with life. Sometimes when we don’t hear the voices of those who are oppressed, life is diminished. In the song, “Make Them Hear You” from the musical Ragtime, are these lyrics: … read more.
In this service we’ll explore the varieties of the listening experience. Rabbi Abraham Heschel wrote that, “Faith is not an insurance, but a constant effort, a constant listening to the eternal voice.” Indeed, our lives call us into ever deepening listening to our experience and, … read more.
The Holy Days in the Jewish Calendar are a time of deep reflection and a time for repentance. In this service, we will look at apologies and what makes an apology a good one. Rev. Peers will draw from psychologist Dr. Molly Howes’ recent book, … read more.
Our annual Ingathering service this year will focus on the first verse of UU Troubadour Jim Scott’s song, “Gather the Spirit, Harvest the Power”: “Gather the spirit, harvest the power. Our sep’rate fires will kindle one flame. Witness the mystery of this hour. Our trials … read more.
What do some actually mean when they say, “I’m spiritual but not religious?”or “I’m not spiritual?” And what do others mean when they say,”I identify as a mystic?” Can humanists also be “spiritual?” Are these descriptions mutually exclusive? Could it be that labels we may … read more.
Walt Whitman wrote in Leaves of Grass, “I swear to you that body of yours gives proportions to your soul…(391).” How do we keep our body and our soul together in a culture that tends to prioritize the “head,” while discounting the body and its … read more.
Merely having the “right” ideas will not get us through. Unless we can translate our ideas into practices, we will not be able to transform everyday stresses and the uncertainties and “overwhelm” of our time. Cultivating practices that will nurture and sustain us and our … read more.
If compassion were a seed within each of us, it has the possibility of growing and expanding throughout our life. Religious teachers and contemporary scientists teach us how the practice of compassion can be cultivated in and impact … read more.