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.
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.
We celebrate Earth Day this week, and speak also about our 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence.
Most religious liberals do not believe in a literal resurrection of anyone, including Jesus, including ourselves, including even our dogs. But the idea of the possibility of rebirth in other ways is strong in us, because one of the differences between us and puritanical … read more.
Virtual Church Services How to Do It!
All Sunday UUCE church services, whether 10:30am or 7pm, whether this week or another share the same access link.
Just go to this URL: https://zoom.us/j/8706060319
Here is how to Zoom: (close other applications or files first)
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The Service originally planned for this date has been postponed due the the COVID-19 pandemic. It was to have been on our 6th Principle, ‘the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.’ Ironically, the pandemic may advance the goal … read more.
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.
An exploration of another Celtic-pagan cross-quarter observance falling midway between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is observed most in the English-speaking Celtic regions. It has a relation to Groundhog Day in the U.S.
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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?
After all those years of struggle and pain, we seem only halfway toward basic equality for everyone. Fear and loathing are still far too common. But culture is shifting faster than ever. Black Lives Matter is causing us to rethink. And … read more.
The democratic process is partly liberal religion’s creation, and its bedrock. The idea that the people are sovereign–and not a king, a ‘great leader,’ or a junta, or plutocrats–is fundamental. Paired with that is the right to act on the basis of conscience. … read more.