Sermons on Holidays
Written and led by Michele Ramsey Former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe said, “The biggest gift we can each give ourselves is the gift of being present — engaged with life, connected with each other.” As the holiday season approaches, for many of us we get busy or even busier. We have more places to go, things to do, and people to see. Perhaps some calming mindfulness is in order to help us be present for all the upcoming season brings…
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.
This holiday celebrates the first harvest and the first enactment of the death of the god of the fields and of the grain, who is cut down in the fullness of life. We are reminded that all life feeds on other life, This is a good time to reconnect with the foods we eat.
This Father’s Day we’ll take a look back at some excerpts from one of our favorite past sermons by Rev. Dan Brosier titled, “The Good Father” with new perspective on what it means to be a “father who mothers” 15 years later.
Flower communion celebrates the beautiful, impermanent, and ever-growing ties of our community. Join us as we deepen our roots and honor the beautiful garden of our church community.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we’ll be exploring some fictional mothers that can serve as both role-models and surrogates (for those who’s mothers left something to be desired).
In this sermon by Rev. Dan Brosier circa 1994, we explore how holidays provide an avenue for examining our cultural past. Some holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day don’t have roots that go very far back in time. But others reach far back into our human heritage. What we believe and do today is shaped by what preceded us, even though we may not realize it. We will dig into the holy day that has many names but we…
Holy Week takes on a bigger meaning when we consider that Easter, Passover, the Vernal Equinox, and Oestre have come together in a joyous surge of spirituality. Let’s take a look back through time and see how these religious observances became entwined.
Many of us fall into the comfortable routine of seeing MLK Day as a celebration of America’s eradication of racism. But is it?
As we move into the new year carrying all that came before, what might we be able to set down so that we can start anew?
Around Thanksgiving we spend time cataloging our gratitudes, but Thanksgiving is also a time to see and appreciate our family, whether that’s blood relations, found family, or an entire community. This Thanksgiving, we invite you to reflect on what happens when we extend the warmth of family beyond our single dinner table.
In this service, we’ll explore the various harvest / autumnal holidays that fall at the end of October.