Archive for November 2020

November 29, 2020 - Harvest the Power: Thanksgiving Reimagined

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Historically, UU ministers were instrumental in creating this U.S. holiday and the “Pilgrims and the Indians” pageant tradition that roots the holiday in an historically inaccurate and harmful colonial narrative. Many UU congregations in New England can trace their lineage directly back to early settler congregations that had a role in the genocide of Native communities. As a religious tradition, we cannot decide who we will be without reckoning with the truth of who some of our ancestors were.

This year, let us be grateful in a genuine manner. Let our gratitude flow from our deep, ongoing commitment to justice and equity. Let our gratitude grow from the opportunities we have to be together authentically—whether virtually or in person. Please join me as we reimagine this day and gather in community to honor Indigenous ancestors, experiences and traditions. May it be a time to reflect and find meaning in how our shared values connect us. ” – UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray.

This podcast includes portions of a UUA service offered Nov. 22, 2020 as part of a 6-week initiative, “Harvest the Power.”


Words of Welcome- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (:31)

Opening Ceremony- Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow 2018 (3:22)

Call to Worship- Nina Lytton, First Parish in Cambridge (5:30)

Reflection - Hartman Deetz, Mashpee Wampanoag artist and activist (8:30)

Poem - I am accused of tending to the past by Lucille Clifton; spoken by Nina Lytton (16:37)

Interlude- excerpt from All Nations Rise by Lyla June (17:41)

Sermon- Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray (18:12)

Interlude- excerpt from One World (We Are One) by Taboo, IllumiNative and Mag 7 (35:20)

Invitation and Blessing - Aly Tharp, UU Ministry for Earth (35:56)



November 22, 2020 - The Seeds We Are Planting - Rev. Arif Mamdani

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

From Rev. Arif: These last many weeks, I’ve been returning to the notion of the fractal nature of reality that adrienne maree brown writes about in Emergent Strategy. As she writes: “Dandelions contain an entire community in each spore that gets blown on children’s breath.” Here in the Twin Cities, the dandelions are long gone. Winter is coming. COVID rates are on the rise. Hospitals and those who staff them are at the very edge. This may well be a very hard season. And yet, I wonder in this emerging winter, what spores are we crafting that will reseed the Earth as it awakens in spring? How might we, individually and collectively share the burdens, lighten our load, and move, even just a little, toward the world we dream of? Let’s gather up on Sunday- Breathe together and share word and song as we turn our hearts toward the season ahead, grab each other’s (digital, imaginary) hands, and make our way through.


Words of Welcome, Julica Hermann de la Fuente (:28)

Wisdom Story- Tigers Above, Tigers Below, Seth Anderson-Matz (3:41)

Interlude - Be Here Now, David Lauth (6:30)

Sermon- The Seeds We Are Planting, Ref. Arif Mamdani (7:45)

November 15, 2020 - Living Our Values During the Pandemic Holidays, Rev. Justin Schroeder

Monday, November 16th, 2020

The costs of the global pandemic have been high: lives and jobs lost; family gatherings, celebrations, and memorial services postponed, or cancelled; and physical contact limited with friends and loved ones. At the same time, for some of us, the lockdowns and different pace of life have given us a glimpse of what else might be possible. For a time, the smoggy sky over major world cities cleared. Carbon emissions dropped. Many of us became more clear what really mattered and why. How might these new “pandemic insights” shape our holiday season this year? What would it mean to put the earth first this year? To prioritize what really matters? Though the votes have been counted, and a new president elected, every day, we get to vote with our dollars, our actions, and our relationships. Everyday, we can cast a vote for a more just and fair world, or a vote for the status quo. This Sunday, we explore these questions as we launch our annual Holiday Giving Project, in support of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism.


Words of Welcome- Rev. Schroeder (:21)

Story for All Ages- Lauren Wyeth (2:28)

Hymn, Glory Glory- Aimee K. Bryant and Franco Holder

Holiday Giving Reflections- Rev. Schroeder, Lena K. Gardner, Lamboglia Family, Isabel Quast (7:00)

Outro Music, We Shall Be Known - Seth Anderson-Matz


November 8, 2020 - What Now? - Rev. Justin Schroeder

Monday, November 9th, 2020

The election is over. The votes counted and still being counted. What now? What next? What guides, holds, and shapes us in these coming months? How might we live with, wrestle, and be challenged by these words of the great American poet, Langston Hughes, who wrote,

“Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!”


Words of Welcome - Rev. Justin Schroeder (:32)

Story for All Ages- Aimee K. Bryant (2:59)

Sermon- What Now? - Rev. Justin Schroeder (9:11)

November 1, 2020 - On God and Country, Rev. Ashley Horan

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

On November 3, the United States will hold our 59th national presidential election day–and in the midst of pandemic, climate catastrophe, rising authoritarianism, and widespread uprising, this is perhaps the most significant election in our country’s history. In the context of extreme polarization and threats to so many communities, what trust can we have in the traditional systems and structures of democracy in the United States? And if that trust has been eroded–or never existed–in what can we place our trust, and our hope? Rev. Ashley Horan explores of our current moment and what our faith offers and compels us to do in these times.

Words of Welcome, Rev. Justin Schroeder (:30)

Story for All Ages, Julica Hermann de la Fuente (5:45)

Sermon- On God and Country, Rev. Ashley Horan (15:52)

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