Watch the sermon (YouTube link) “A word means what I say it means,” said Humpty-Dumpty to Alice. But Humpty-Dumpty's thinking is a bit unbalanced. Meaning is both as intended and as received; to communicate successfully across the often invisible chasm of difference, it helps to be aware of the assumptions embedded not only in our own thinking, but in the words themselves. Today we go down the rabbit hole of just a few words.
Watch the Video (YouTube link) Maya Angelou wrote, "The ache for home lives in all of us—the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” To be welcomed as we are, with all our identities, with our failures as well as our success, with our dreams as well as our origins, is a deep-seated longing in the human psyche. UU congregations seek to be truly welcoming to all people regardless of theology, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or place of origin. What does welcome mean to each of us? What does it mean to people most at risk in our world today?
Watch the Video (YouTube link) Each September, we celebrate our "ingathering" as a community and reaffirm our covenant as people committed to transformation of our own lives and the life of the world. In this service, we use water, the source of human life, as a symbol of our interconnectedness to all living beings. All life emerged from water; all life requires it; and the water cycle, from rain to rivers to oceans to clouds to rain, is a continuing reminder of the cycle of life. In today's service, we reflect on our passage along the River of Life and the ways we restore our hearts, minds, and spirits through life's challenges and changes. Just as water buoys us up, this community supports and sustains us during our life's journey. Together we covenant, and together we renew, our life together.
Watch the Video (YouTube link) Transitions take energy. Starting or going back to school, changing work, moving, finding new doctors, making space for new love or a broken heart, becoming politically engaged. It takes energy to try out and begin new ways of doing things. What might it take for us to find new stores of energy along the way as well?