Topic: UU Principles

Flower Communion

In June 1923, Rev. Norbert Čapek created a worship service where everyone was asked to bring a flower to church, and leave with a different bloom.  Thus, the Flower Communion service was created, a celebration of each individual and a celebration of the beauty of unity in diversity.  Bring a flower from your yard, from … Continue reading Flower Communion

Blind People and an Elephant

There’s a story about varying views of the Divine illustrated by blind people describing an elephant.  They each describe a piece of the elephant, each sharing their personal truth and together they witness to a universal truth.  The parallel being that we each hold personal religious truths which, when combined with others, speaks to a … Continue reading Blind People and an Elephant

The Illusion of Separateness

It has been said that we are all droplets in a waterfall, falling together. We have come from unity in one source, and we will return to that same source. Unitarian Universalist Principles affirm “respect for the interdependent web of all existence”. Come enter into a conversation about moving from inter-dependent to inter-being.

Being Neuro-Divergent: Three Views

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Being Neuro-Divergent: Three Views
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Neurodivergence means that a person’s brain processes information in a way that is not typical of most people. Neurodiversity describes the idea that people interact with the world in many different ways. We all know people who are neuro-divergent. We are often unaware that someone we are talking to is neurodivergent. Many conditions are considered … Continue reading Being Neuro-Divergent: Three Views

Guns in our Upside-Down World

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Thomas Paine UU Fellowship
Guns in our Upside-Down World
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There are nearly 90 guns for every 100 people in the United States. Violence and death due to guns are now part of the fabric of our country – it happens all the time, every day. It’s just that we don’t necessarily hear about. Gun violence impacts us all, not just the victims. It impacts … Continue reading Guns in our Upside-Down World

Our Namesake, Thomas Paine

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Thomas Paine UU Fellowship
Our Namesake, Thomas Paine
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Thomas Paine is one of “100 Unitarians and Universalists who made a difference” on the poster in our lobby. In 2020, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron “updated” and renamed the poster. In the process,Thomas Paine and 38 others were removed. Paine was kept on a list of 22 “adjacent” UUs whose “works and points … Continue reading Our Namesake, Thomas Paine

Refusing to Quietly Quit on King and Some Other Important Things

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Thomas Paine UU Fellowship
Refusing to Quietly Quit on King and Some Other Important Things
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Carl Wendel Hines penned a devastating poem in 1965 on the occasion of the assassination of Malcolm X. Still, it is often, and perhaps more appropriately, associated with the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. It is called “A Dead Man’s Dream.” Now that he is safely dead let us praise him, build monuments to … Continue reading Refusing to Quietly Quit on King and Some Other Important Things

Love is a Four-Letter Word

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Love is a Four-Letter Word
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The rhyme “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me” isn’t entirely true. Words can – and do – hurt very much. There is power in language and the words we use. A man I knew once said that the term “love” was useless and harmful. What are other words … Continue reading Love is a Four-Letter Word

Guest At Your Table

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Thomas Paine UU Fellowship
Guest At Your Table
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For many years our congregation has supported the “Guest at Your Table” project of the UU Service Committee. We will be doing so again this year. This service will give us an opportunity to learn about all the great work that the organization does and what partner organizations they will be supporting this year. UUSC’s … Continue reading Guest At Your Table

Pet Blessing

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Thomas Paine UU Fellowship
Pet Blessing
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It’s that wonderful time of the year when we have the opportunity to share and bless our pets! There’s nothing like the unconditional love of a pet. They show us affection, give us a sense of purpose, and greet us when we come home, especially if it’s close to their feeding time. Now it’s our … Continue reading Pet Blessing