On the 2023 Christian liturgical calendar, December 3 marks the beginning of Advent—four weeks of preparation for the coming of a Savior. As such, Advent is a season of expectation, a season of hope. While today we think of hope mainly as an emotional state … read more.
Speaker: Jerry Lazzaro
In our consumer culture, we’re accustomed to thinking of gifts as “things,” as “products” of generosity. That way of thinking may not only obscure the many forms a gift may take but also the spiritual nature of generosity. “Generosity,” writes His Holiness the Dalai Lama, … read more.
Writing can be more than a utilitarian exercise. It can be a spiritual practice, a way to celebrate the wonder and mystery of existence, to find meaning and purpose in human experience, and to address the challenges of living in a complex, confusing world. Our … read more.
From time immemorial, music has inspired as well as chronicled solidarity and action on behalf of a cause. That was certainly true in the case of the American Labor Movement. Singer/songwriters like Joel Hägglund (aka
Joe Hill), Joe Glazer, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger wrote … read more.
In this service, several TPUUF members and friends are invited to share thoughts on a book they’ve read recently. The service provides an opportunity to reflect on the benefits of genuine engagement with the written word and to discover authors and titles we may wish … read more.
Our Soul Matters theme for June is “The Path of Delight.” Nowadays, the word “delight” seems to indicate a pure, uncomplicated pleasure. Anyone who’s fathered a child would be hard pressed to say that fathering comes with no dilutions and complications! But, originally, the word … read more.
National holidays can confront religious communities with a challenging choice: conflate church and state or differentiate religious identity and mission from pervasive and often unrecognized nationalistic ideologies.
Rev. Dr. Chris J. Antal is ordained in and endorsed by the Unitarian Universalist Association. He has been a … read more.
Our Soul Matters theme for May 2023 is “The Path of Creativity,” and UU Troubadours are uniquely qualified to lead us along that path. UU Troubadours are the singer/songwriters who make our Unitarian Universalist faith more accessible and inspire us to greater heights of spiritual … read more.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019) was Ware Lecturer at the 2006 Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. In introducing Oliver, then UUA President Rev. William G. Sinkford described her as “one of our most important liturgists,” and he went so far as to say that, … read more.
Many UU congregations commemorate the first Sunday of the new calendar year with a ritual that bids farewell to the old year and releases it. In the “Burning Bowl” ceremony. Congregants are invited to write on a piece of flash paper words or phrases that … read more.