November 4, 2018 - A Heart That Beats Loudly

November 5, 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

October 31, 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

October 23, 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

October 16, 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

October 15, 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

October 2, 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


September 23, 2018 - Loving and Loathing a Miracle

September 27, 2018

This being human is not easy. Habits (good and bad) form. Thought patterns shape us. We neglect parts of ourselves and they drift away. Or, we wish certain parts of ourselves would drift away. We slip into autopilot. Later, pieces of ourselves drift back, tectonic plates of the spirit shift within, and we’re delighted to discover a new continent has emerged internally. Being human means we shift between loathing and loving the miracle that is our life, and the miracle that is this planet. How do we hold the beautiful mess of it all and say, “Here is where we are. Now is what we have. This is how we start”?

Call to Worship by Pamela Reed, Sermon by Rev. Justin Schroeder


September 16, 2018 - Start In the Middle

September 19, 2018

Here in the middle of it all, we are called to do what we can with what we have, right where we are, to create the world we dream about. But the story does not start or end with us. Here in the middle, how can we know and do our particular part?

Call to Worship by Taylor Putz, Sermon by Rev. Jen Crow


September 9, 2018 - Here. Now. Start.

September 13, 2018

Every time we gather for worship, we begin anew. We set intentions for the week and for our lives. We chart the course we hope to travel, as we become the people we long to be. During the week and during our lives, there is much that distracts, snags us, pulls us off course. Church and worship are a time to course correct.

On this intergenerational Water Communion/Homecoming Sunday, we gather and merge the Waters from sacred places, as we reconnect with the story and power of this life-sustaining and life-giving resource. We  begin a new church year together. We begin again in love.

Message for All Ages by Rev. Jen Crow, Homily by Rev. Justin Schroeder


September 2, 2018 - Seen and Heard

September 5, 2018

What if we all spent some time listening to our neighbors who seem so different from us? The illusion that we are separate would disappear. There would be no us and them, there would be only us!

Call to Worship by Rev. Justin Schroeder; Sermon by Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer, Executive Director of City House