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.
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.
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.
Some of our UU co-religionists sneer at the word ‘toleration,’ because they want not mere toleration, but embrace or celebration of some cause or value. This attitude of disregard reveals ignorance of history, and of what a wonderful thing toleration is, especially when it is replacing bigotry and persecution.
Let’s start with mere toleration and move onward and upward from there.
In response to last week’s sermon “Faith in Action” we are going to do a special service on 11/17. In place of a sermon we will discuss social justice questions in a small group format.
The Social Justice Team will be using your answers as part of its work to re-energize UUCE’s commitment “to serve with love and compassion” from our mission statement.
… and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. — Micah 6:8
Today we explore the 2nd Principle of Unitarian Universalism: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
Why do we want and need seasonal celebrations of Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day?
We address the core of our faith, and a tenant of classical liberalism, the radical idea that everyone matters. Our Story for All Ages shows the Golden Rule as it is in all major religions, in Unitarian Universalism as our First Principle– the inherent dignity and worth of each human being. Click here to view the self-running slideshow of the Story for All Ages about the Golden Rule
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“The Most Important Liberty”