Sermons by Stephen Day
Calling it Quits
Sometimes life throws us challenges that we can learn and grow from – but other times, those curveballs might be not-so-subtle hints that the direction we’re heading isn’t where we’re meant to be. How can we know the difference and be comfortable (and confident) with a decision to call it quits?
News of the World: The Article II Study Report
“Article II” is one of the most important sections of our UUA’s by-laws – the section that defines what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist through our seven principles. In the last few years, you may have heard whisperings of an “eighth principle” or other potential updates to our principles and religious sources. This Sunday we’ll learn what’s been going on with Article II, what it means for us, and how we can get involved.
New Year’s Rituals
Join us in two New Year’s rituals – a Fire Communion and an Intention Setting ritual – in which we bid farewell to the old year and hello to the new one. In the words of Rev. Elizabeth Harding, “The fire communion separates the end of the year from the beginning, helping us to put in perspective the joys and sorrows, the changes and transitions, the ups and downs of the year.”
This I Believe
Our Unitarian Universalist fourth principle calls for a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. While our UU heritage recognizes sources of “truth”, in the end, it is the responsibility of each of us to craft a worldview for ourselves that makes sense to us as an individual…that gives our actions some direction for making meaning in our life. This Sunday, three of our members will be sharing their personal spiritual beliefs and the journeys that lead them there.
This Time When We Might Be Flying
Our community is starting to come back together after so much time apart. So what’s next for us and for Unitarian Universalism in the world around us? Join us this morning for a sermon by the UUA’s Central East Region’s Rev. Dr. Megan Foley. We’ll follow the sermon with some individual and small-group reflection exploring the opportunities this new era can present to UUCE. (The Sunday service included time for personal and group reflection on a series of three questions.…
The Promise of Labor Day
In honor of the Labor Day weekend, we’ll be exploring the history of the holiday and the history of the labor movement in the United States. Even more importantly, we’ll consider what workers’ rights and the unionization of the workforce means for us as individuals and as Unitarian Universalists.
Next Time Around
Most world religions exist to provide an answer to the big question of life: what happens after we die. This morning we present a sermon by Rev. Wayne B. Arnason where we’ll consider one possible answer – reincarnation – and how a belief in a starting over can make an impact on how we interact with the world around us.
It Gets Better
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” With LGBTQ+ rights under attack in cities and states across the nation, it can be hard to see the arc of the LGBTQ+ universe. This morning we’ll take a brief look at the history of acceptance in our country and the wins that give hope for the future.
With the possible overturning of Roe vs. Wade in the coming weeks, the question of bodily autonomy is once again at the forefront of our national debate. We’ll be exploring the history of Roe vs. Wade and the bodily rights granted to us by the Constitution along with delving into the questions of who does my body belong to and what rights do I (and others) have over it from a moral, ethical, and legal perspective?
Our Unitarian Universalist 4th Principle calls for a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning”, but actually sitting down and contemplating our beliefs is not something many of us do on a regular basis. This morning we’ll be discussing the importance of theology (the study of religious truth, not just “God”) on our lives and on the future of humanity.
As we begin the process of coming together once again, we face a number of decisions that will define who we are as a church for many years to come.
The hustle and bustle of the holidays are nearly behind us. How can the Danish concept of hygge help center us during this season?