Watch the Video (YouTube link) This service for all ages remembers the loved ones who have passed away. As we honor their memories, and the ways they shaped our lives, we’re also reminded to cherish every moment we have with those we love. Please bring a photo or item of remembrance for any people and/or animals who has passed away that you (or your family) would like to remember during this service.
Watch the Video (YouTube link) | Watch Lisa's Reflection video (YouTube) Unitarian Universalists are collectively taking action to dismantle white supremacy. On Oct. 22nd, worship services and religious education classes will focus on disrupting white supremacy in our lives and communities. This is our second teach-in; the first took place last spring when our church joined with over 700 UU congregations across the country in examining white supremacy in our lives.
Watch the Video (YouTube link) News from the medical world typically focuses on the leading causes of death: all those killer diseases and the multitude of medications and special diets created to resist them. This week our focus is on the leading causes of life: connection, coherence, agency, blessing, and hope. When we shift our focus from death to life, we begin to discover reasons for courage despite the challenges in our lives and our nation. Gary Gunderson & Larry Pray, authors of the transformative book Leading Causes of Life, urge us to think about life "with the precision and rigor that we use when we try to postpone death." How can we do that? How can we be accountable to life? In every field of human endeavor, there are groups working on the margins to explore explore what could be, what should be, if we are to fully engage life and treasure it. It's time for a paradigm shift in the way we live. This service features the musical gifts of Amy Anderson Sorensen, Scott Stilwell, and the UU Ringers.
Watch the Video (YouTube link) "The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming." Those words are from Helen Keller (1880–1968). Though blind and deaf from the age of two, Helen Keller became an inspirational writer and speaker. She championed women's right to vote and workers' right to unionize. She learned to sail a boat and ride a bicycle. When we look at our world today, sometimes all we can see is suffering. But the world is filled with overcoming. If we turn our attention to the overcoming all around us, we gain courage to overcome the challenges in our own lives; we gain courage to help overcome the challenges facing our world.
Watch the Reflection Video (YouTube link) | Watch the Homily Video (YouTube link) In September, Rev. Erin Gingrich joined with 8 Iowans and more than 30 faith leaders from across the United States to meet with our Members of Congress in DC. She will share stories and reflect on the American dreams and American nightmares in our current system and its history.