Speaker: Rev. Leland Bond-Upson

Rev. Leland Bond-Upson began his ministry with us in January 2019. He has been a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, graduating from Starr King School for the Ministry with a Masters in Divinity in 1976. Leland has worked in education, social justice, and his parish ministry experience includes the Petaluma UU Congregation and Interim Ministries in Honolulu—HI, Fayetteville—AR, Bellingham—WA, Santa Barbara—CA, Vancouver—WA, and Charlotte—NC.

Leland’s wife and children, social justice, history—especially the history of religious tolerance, politics, poetry, education, film, and art—are his major interests. Visit his website: lbuuu.org to see some of his writing, favorite videos, and personal history.

to read and hear sermons and to see some of his favorite videos.

Radical Hospitality

Successful religious communities that want to grow, find ways of finding more pleasure in focussing on visitors than in seeing old friends. Today we will theorize about, and then practice the skill of deeply, genuinely welcoming the stranger.


An outgrowth of American Unitarianism in the 1830s, Transcendentalism continues to capture our imagination. The name itself promises a kind of freedom and personal growth. In this Service we will see what it meant in the 19th Century and the 20th, and what … read more.

The Prison of Habit

Why are so many of us addicted to some substance(s) or some behavior(s) that threaten our health and happiness? What causes it? What can we do?