Service Themes

Previous Service Themes adapted from Soul Matters

Integrity (January 2020)

What Does It Mean to Be A People of Integrity?

Wholeness is never lost; it is only forgotten.  Integrity rarely means that we need to add something to ourselves: it is more an undoing than a doing, a freeing ourselves from beliefs we have about who … read more.

Awe (December 2019)

This at least seems to me the main problem … How can we contrive to be at once astonished at the world and yet at home in it? … How can this world give us at once the fascination of a strange town and the … read more.

Attention (November 2019)

What Does It Mean to Be A People of Attention?

Alice Walker famously wrote, “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”

Walker’s words are a great reminder that attention and gratitude go hand … read more.

Belonging (October 2019)

What Does It Mean to Be A People of Belonging?

You hardly knew
how hungry you were
to be gathered in,
to receive the welcome
that invited you to enter
entirely …
Tentative steps became settling in …
You began to breathe again …
You learned … read more.

Expectation (September 2019)

What Does It Mean to Be A People of Expectation?

We’ve all heard the line: “You get what you expect.” It’s very UU. Liberal religion has always emphasized the tremendous power human beings have to shape their reality. And not just with our actions, but also … read more.

Beauty (June 2019)

What Does It Mean to Be A People of Beauty?

Where do you look for beauty?

There is universal agreement that we all must make time to visit museums and sit before stunning sunsets. But seeking beauty there is not enough. Every religion agrees: The secret to … read more.

Curiosity (May 2019)

What Does It Mean to Be A People of Curiosity?

UU minister Victoria Safford speaks of curiosity using the metaphor of perception and sight.  She writes,

To see, simply to look and to see, is an ethical act and intentional choice; to see, with open eyes, is … read more.

Wholeness (April 2019)

What Does It Mean to Be A People of Wholeness?

Let’s just say that we’re skeptical about rushing in to fix things.

We Unitarian Universalists understand the urge to restore what once was.  Nothing is more human.  Who doesn’t want to reverse the damage?  Who doesn’t hold … read more.

Journey (March 2019)

What Does It Mean to Be A People of Journey?

We UUs love to tell our journey stories. And hear each other’s journey stories.  Rather than asking people to recite common beliefs, we invite each other to talk about how our way is like no other. … read more.

Trust (February 2019)

What Does It Mean to Be A People of Trust?

In religious congregations, “trust” and “faith” intertwine.  Faith assures some that life will look after us.  For instance, our Christian friends sing hymns about God “watching over us” and keeping “an eye on the sparrow.”  Our … read more.