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December 2, 2018- Finding Sanctuary In Each Other

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

As we witness migrants in crisis on our southern border and within our own community,
As we witness the myriad ways that humans are in need of safety and greater wholeness,
As we remember the times that we have needed sanctuary ourselves—which may be this very moment-
We ask ourselves: What does it mean to give and receive sacred refuge?
How do we practice sanctuary?

Wisdom Story: Lauren Wyeth

Sermon: Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink

Piano: Franco Holder



November 25, 2018- The Big Non-Negotiable

Monday, November 26th, 2018

All month we’ve been exploring the non-negotiables in our lives. We end this month’s theme by turning to “The Big Non-Negotiable,” that thing that every human being shares as an ultimate non-negotiable, no matter age, gender, race, culture, class, religion, or education. On this Sunday, facing our own mortality, we will fully immerse ourselves in the present moment of life.

Call to Worship: Juliet Ali-Caccamo

Sermon: Rev. Justin Schroeder

Piano music: Franco Holder


November 18, 2018 - Whole, Holy, and Worthy

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Our Universalist faith is grounded in the belief that each and every person is born whole, holy, and worthy. This means that your dignity and worth (and everyone’s dignity and worth) are non-negotiable. What does it mean for us to live into this truth individually and as a community?

Call to Worship by Suzan Klein, Sermon by Rev. Jen Crow


November 11, 2018 - And Isn’t That Enough?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

In her poem, “A New National Anthem,” the poet Ada Limon writes, “Perhaps, the truth is, every song of this country has an unsung third stanza, something brutal snaking underneath us as we blindly sing the high notes with a beer sloshing in the stands hoping our team wins.” Over these past two years, the veil has been pulled back on the ugliness that is a part of our country and its founding – racism, anti-semitism, anti-immigrant sentiment, and white nationalism – all of which have been given oxygen by the words and rhetoric of the leaders of our country. It’s enough. It’s enough to destroy our democracy. Enough to destroy our moral compass. It’s enough, and it’s time to sing a new song.

Call to Worship by Daryn Woodson, Sermon by Rev. Justin Schroeder


November 4, 2018 - A Heart That Beats Loudly

Monday, November 5th, 2018

What do you say when asked what Unitarian Universalism consists of, what defines us as religious people? Does Unitarian Universalism matter in the face of rising authoritarianism and nationalism? In this month we tackle the non-negotiables, those things that are the bedrock of our faith, the soil in which we grow our souls and the foundation on which we aspire to create a just and whole world for all.

Call to Worship: Prayer for Living in Tension by Rev. Joseph Cherry, read by Liv Dalby; sermon by Rev. Ruth MacKenzie


October 28, 2018 - The Boundaries of Our Hearts

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

First Universalist is a multi-racial, multi-cultural, and intergenerational faith community of mutual caring and support where people bring all of who they are and welcome each other with joy. Our sense of who we are as a community of faith is ever expanding. These words cast a vision of who we are and who we are becoming. Join us as we do the spiritual work of learning to expand the boundaries of our hearts and our community.

Call to Worship by Emily Murphrey, sermon by Rev. Jen Crow


October 21, 2018 - Making Room

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

It’s easy to talk a good talk about welcoming, hospitality, and inclusion at church. After all, this ancient practice still lives at the core of our tradition. However, the Rev. Karen Hering poses a good question, “Are we accountable to people we do not know?” As we deal with the complications, hardships, and commitments of our lives from day to day, why should we prioritize welcoming the stranger? Is it possible to live a whole and wholesome life in the comfort of what/who we currently know? Join us for an exploration of hospitality, the stranger, our deepest yearnings, and the life-saving wisdom of Universalism.

Call to Worship by Daryn Woodson, Sermon by Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink


October 14, 2018 - Longing for Belonging

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

One of the most important and powerful longings of the human heart is for belonging. More important even than food or shelter, belonging can offer us a sense of purpose, meaning, and connection that can sustain us no matter what ups and downs life may throw our way. Come explore what it might mean to honor that human longing for belonging, for ourselves and each other.

Call to Worship by Drew Rosielle, sermon by Rev. Jen Crow


October 7, 2018 - This Is Us

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Join us for our 2nd annual Mental Health Sunday, as we continue our work as a faith community to remove the stigma of mental health, and as we welcome, affirm, and protect the light in each human heart. This service features voices from our community who have shared their stories and journies with mental health.

Wisdom Story by Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink, homily by Rev. Justin Schroeder. Community Voices: Martha Bird, Gary Melom, and Isha Caldwell


September 30, 2018 - This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Shake that malaise off!

Read our constitution with fresh eyes!

We still live in a representative democracy!


Call to Worship by Richard Lopez, sermon by Rev. Karen Hutt