April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday Jesus Christ : Superstar? Lynda Sutherland


Some people seem to capture the public imagination. When leaders become Superstars, what does that mean for the cause(s) they promote?  To Listen to this service click here.

 

 

 

 

April 6th, 2014 Community Gardening: Timing (Take 2!)

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Bill Chene (WA) 
Apparently I didn’t get the “timing” right on this one the first time around! A January blizzard kept us all at home. Part of planning a successful garden is figuring out what to plant when, when to start your seedlings, when to harvest. . .you need to understand the timing or rhythm of things. In this message we explored how we can use timing to our advantage to grow ourselves and our community. To listen to this service click here.

March 30, 2014 -Planting the Seeds of Modern Religion: The Long Shadow of Zarathustra -Al Browne

Planting the Seeds of Modern Religion: The Long Shadow
of Zarathustra ~~ Al Browne, Del Carpenter (WA)
Do you teach Zoroastrianism to your children? If you practice
any Abrahamic religion, you may be surprised to find that the
answer is “yes”. This presentation describes how some of the
core beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are based on
ancient teachings of Zarathustra and how these ancient teachings
made their way into religions practiced today.

To listen to this sermon click here.

March 23rd, 2014 T&T Auction sermon - Community Gardening: Gathering 

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Maureen Murphy (WA)
Each year at the annual Treats and Talents Auction, attendees have the chance to bid on a sermon to be based on a book of one’s choice. This year’s winner was Jan Gallagher, who chose the book Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver by Diane Ott Whealy, about the history of the Seed Savers organization in Decorah. We  explore lessons on community building through gathering.  To listen to this service click here.

March 2, 2014 – Community Gardening: Sprouting Seeds

~~ Lynda Sutherland, Karen Impola (WA) 
Have you ever reached out to help someone, and received so much more in return than you ever gave? We’ll take a look at the book Tuesdays With Morrie, a poignant example of the power of relationship to bless and heal hearts. We explore ways in which the seeds of compassion and caring can sprout in unexpected ways, opening new possibilities for us as individuals and as a UU community.  To listen to this service click here.

March 9th, 2014 - Community Gardening: Ground Conditions 

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Lynda Sutherland (WA) 
Last month we explored our climate conditions; exploring what it’s like here in the Cedar Valley. This service is about authenticity, and accepting who we are, what we have to offer our world. Growing a strong community means starting from the ground up! To listen to this service click here.

Community Gardening: Buying Our Community Gardening: Buying Our Buying Our Seed – 2/23/2014

 Stewardship Sunday ~ Stewardship Sunday

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron
Once you’ve settled on what you are doing with your garden, the
next step is commitment: you buy the seed. For our Iowa
farmers, this can be many thousands of dollars, but also a
commitment to what kind and variety of seed to choose. For the
home gardener, the dollar value is less, but the heart commitment
is the same: you have to be really sold on something to choose to
enter into a growing season relationship with it. This Sunday we
celebrated the commitments we have made, and continue to make
to keep this UU Community growing. to Listen to this service click here

Community Gardening: Climate Conditions February 9, 2014 Eva Cameron

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Karen Impola (WA) 
One of the challenges of gardening is coming to terms with the idea that no matter how lovely the certain flower or fruit looks in the catalogue, if it is zoned for the deep south and you live in Iowa, it’s just not going to grow. Or if you have nothing but shade, you cannot grow plants that need sun. Sometimes it’s so hard to accept who we are, what we have to work with. . .for gardens or for communities. Today as we looked at who we, CVUU, are and what we might actually be able to grow! To listen to this service click here.

Community Gardening – Martin Luther King Jr. Part II – January 19, 2014

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Bill Chene (WA)
This Sunday we continue to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr.’s legacy of living a life of purpose, as we explore how
he used this tool to build a community of justice seekers. To Listen to this service click here.

Martin Luther King, Jr.- Part 1: A Profile in Courage ~~ Bill Chene, Del Carpenter (WA)

Worship Associates Bill Chen and Del Carpenter bring us today’s message about how Dr. King and others in passive resistance movements displayed both courage and restraint in leading America’s civil rights movement. This will be the first of a two part series with Rev. Eva completing the message on the 19th.| To listen to this service click here.

Community Gardening – Jan 5, 2014

Community Gardening:
Remembering What Grandpa Taught Us ~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, John Miller (WA)
Join us for our Anniversary Sunday communion, and a message about how we grow community as we remember those who have gone before us. To listen to this service click here.

The Transient and Permanent in UU Chapel Service – December 29, 2013

Worship Associate Del Carpenter and Lay Minister John Miller presented this service regarding what is transient and permanent in UU beliefs.  To listen to this service click here.

Community Gardening: Anticipation – Rev. Eva Cameron December 8, 2013

 

Once you’ve tucked your garden in bed, the winter darkens and you have to wait for the light. The advent season invites us to slow down and enjoy the anticipation. How can we use anticipation to help nurture and grow community?  To listen to this service click here. 

Community Gardening: Spirituality of Eating – Eva Cameron and Steve Orsborn November 24,2013

Community Gardening: Spirituality of Eating Community Gardening: Spirituality of Eating
~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Festival Sunday Team, John Miller (WA)
Join us for our special Thanksgiving service. We will celebrate
with the children for the beginning of the service. Then as they
finish up in their classes, we’ll have a message about how
eating can be a spiritual experience.   To listen to this service click here.

Community Gardening: Ripening – Rev Eva Cameron November 17, 2013

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Deblyn Russell (WA)
A healthy community survives over the years if it figures out how to take the inexperienced and grow them into seasoned leaders.  As we live in our various communities, part of our personal challenge is to develop an increasing capacity to help lead our communities. How do we know when we are ripening?  To Listen to this service click here.

An Alternate Look at the Book of Job — Lynn Brant November 10, 2013


An Alternate Look at the Book of Job 
Lynn Brant, Del Carpenter (WA)
The Book of Job raises the question, “If God is good and all-powerful, why is there evil in this world?”   Lynn believes the question arises out of an ancient cosmology and an elevated view of ourselves.    This talk  presents his thoughts on the topic.  To listen to this service click here.

Community Gardening: Saving the Seeds November 3, 2013

Community Gardening: Saving the Seeds ~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, John Miller (WA)  An exploration on immortality and our compelling desire to leave our mark on the world.  To listen to this service click here.

October 27, 2013, Community Gardening: Day of the Dead

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Festival Sunday Team, Karen Impola (WA)
Our annual service of remembrance. We honor those who are gone from our lives within the congregation and in our personal lives.  To listen to the service click here.

October 20, 2013, Community Gardening: Preservation

Rev. Eva Cameron, Maureen Murphy (WA)
As the seasons shift, sometimes we feel a bit of dread as the cold and darkness creep closer and closer. Even if we are a “winter-lover” sometimes we have times in our life where we feel dark times coming over us. How do we create lasting goodness and energy to carry us through winter and what does that have to do with religious community? To listen to this service click here.

October 13, 2013, Community Gardening & Gratitude: The Mystery of Grace

~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Bill Chene (WA)
How can we UUs understand the idea of Grace, which is a bit mysterious to even the most religious? We explored this idea a bit, and how its presence helps us grow community. This was also Clergy Appreciation Day. To listen to the opening words,the Clergy appreciation and meditation click here.  To listen to the sermon click here.

October 6, 2013, Community Gardening: At the Farmer’s Market

~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Del Carpenter (WA)
From the beginning of time, we have gone out into market places and met different people, bumped up against new languages, new goods and products, new ways. Some of this acts to reinforce our sense of “self” and some of it encourages a strong sense of “other”. This message explores the religious invitation of meeting and learning from those who are different from us, as we re-think the story of the Good Samaritan.  To listen to this sermon click here.

September 29, 2013, Community Gardening:Bringing in the Sheaves

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Bill Chene (WA)
There is a real discipline in asking for help, but the crop won’t
come in all on our own. Sometimes asking for help seems so
hard, and many of us have experienced that when we were in
need; but we have also experienced other’s joy when they have
been able to help us. Are there ways to ask for help? Why does
it seem so hard?  To Listen to this service click here.

 

September 22nd Community Gardening: Cultivating Community

~~ Lynda Sutherland, Maureen Murphy (WA)
Come meet our new intern for the next two years! She will tell us a bit about why she has decided to enter the ministry and her experiences in growing a community.

To listen to this service click here.

September 15th Community Gardening: Separating the Wheat

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, John Miller (WA)
The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur is the 13th this year, after a month of fasting and reflecting on their year. The Jews seek forgiveness, and wholeness with others, as they finish off their year. As we consider growing an amazing community, let’s consider what the fullness of our garden can look like. Some people use the “separating” parable of the Christian Bible to talk about excluded people. There is wisdom in excluding some people. . .but there is also wisdom in thinking carefully about this, and not just do things out of custom. To listen to this service click here.

September 8th Community Gardening–Harvest Time: The Love You Take is Equal to the Love You Make

~~ Al Hays, Rev. Eva Cameron, Karen Impola (WA)
We kick off our spiritual theme with a look at all it takes to grow a rich and vibrant community. We started Sunday School with an installation of teachers, just before they (and the kids) head upstairs for the first day on the new schedule with classes held during the Service.To listen to this service click here.

September 1, 2013 – Labor Day Chapel – Russ Campbell

Member Russ Campbell shared with us his take on Work on this Labor Day.  He recalled that in 2002 President Bush called on Americans to commit at least 2 years or 4000 hours over the rest of their lifetime to the service of their neighbors, which is the equivalent of 2 years of 40 hour work weeks.  To listen to Russ’s talk click here.

If you would prefer to read the sermon you can read it here:

What do you call work?
(chapter 2, Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, in the context of whitewashing the fence)

4000 hours

In his January 29, 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush called on Americans to commit at least two years or 4,000 hours over the rest of their lifetimes to the service of their neighbors and their nation. 4000 hours is two years of 40 hour weeks, and is motivated as two years in the Army, or the Peace Corps, or Americorps, or the ilk.

I did not spend two years in the Army, or the Peace Corps, or Americorp, or the ilk, so I will talk about my father who spent more than two years in the Army during World War II. I do not know everything he did in the army, but I will relate three of his war stories.

When he was in Hawaii awaiting being shipped to action, his orders were lost. This did not bother him, since he was still getting room and board from the army. Unfortunately one of his men inquired as to why he had not gotten paid, and they figured out that my father’s unit should have already shipped out. The misplaced orders spared my father some nasty action, but he saw plenty of nasty action later. The point is that my father was not excited about being in the army, and was perfectly happy to avoid action.

Before my father saw action, they took him out on a boat to observe an operation. My father told them he really would not learn much from staying on the boat, so they let him take part in the action. Suffice it to say that the commander of the operation was replaced in the middle

of the operation, which was not a common practice, because the operation was such a disaster. Yes my father learned that you never volunteer for anything in the army, but the point of this story is, that if he was going to do something, he wanted the experience to do it right.

Yes my father survived the war, but he did get a purple heart. While he was waiting to be evacuated because of his wound, his commander came in with a more serious wound and they ripped the evacuation tag off my father because they needed someone to lead the troops. My father once remarked that there were times in the army when he was living off morphine. The point of this story (although it was not my father’s choice in this instance) is that he did what had to be done.

This is not a Veteran’s Day talk, and I am not a veteran, and I would be happy if we did not have wars that produce veteran’s. I am a mathematician, and with my great mathematical skills I shall observe that 4000 is not just 2 years of 40 hours a week, but also 40 years of 2 hours a week. My father also put in 4000 hours of service while he was working. In the boy scouts he did not attend the weekly meetings, but was the “outdoor committee man” who stayed overnight on the weekend campouts. Each weekend involved 25 hours not counting the time sleeping, hence 4 weekends a year entailed the 100 hours of 2 hours a week. He was not active in boy scouts for 40 years (perhaps 10), but he also taught Sunday school, served on the church board, was an officer of our property owners association, and served on the town personnel board,
among other civic activities.

Let me clarify that I am talking about activities that provided benefit to many people other than his children. If you drive (perhaps in a carpool) your children to soccer practice, that is good, but it is not filling the need that coaching the soccer team does. If you eat at a pancake breakfast, you are supporting the cause which is selling the tickets, but you are doing much more when you help cook the pancakes.

Returning to the the myriad insights that mathematics provides, 4000 is also equal to 4 hours a week for 20 years. My father did not live 20 years after he retired, but that is not the point. The point is that he still served the community. He still served on occasion as an officer

of the property owner’s association. In his bridge group, he took responsibility for making sure people were available to play, and the venue was available. He ran the sailing races which my brothers, but also others, participated in. He was always available to give a hand when needed.

Another interpretation of 4 hours a week for 20 years is the first 20 years of our lives before we begin our career. I do not know what my father did during his first 20 years, but I know that he saw to it that we did our share during our first 20 years. Whether a neighborhood or church cleanup, we were there, and we noticed that many of our friends were not. We even went out of town. For those of you who are not East Coast Universalists, the Clara Barton and Joslin camps are summer camps for diabetic girls and boys, respectively, which were affiliated in some
manner with the Universalist Church. We went to the Joslin camp annual cleanup, which also provided an opportunity to explain to us a little bit about what living with diabetes was like.

I would like to finish the personal part of this talk with a story about a neighbor and my brother. The neighbor lived on our street, but half a mile away. I did go to school with her daughter, but did not really know the neighbor. Late in life I got so I recognized her, but would see her perhaps once a year in passing. One summer when I was home and standing in my front yard, she was driving by and stopped and told me to get in and help her return some chairs.

My brother did spend two years in the army (actually 18 months), and later spent several years working as an ex patriate. He then decided to take a couple of years off to do some reading, and that two years stretched into about 20 until there was no point in his reentering the workforce. My mother changed his sheets and did his laundry until she could no longer climb the stairs. He would sometimes complain about his back.

The above neighbor mentioned to her neighbor (the latter neighbor knew my brother much better than the former) that she had asked my brother to help her move a bureau, and the latter neighbor responded ‘did he do it?’ The former answered ‘of course’. The point of this is twofold: first, if you need help ask, and help will be provided; second, although you may not want to do it, you should do what needs to be done.

I hope you are convinced that 4000 hours of service to your neighbors and nation is reasonable. Many of you, like my father, have done over 4000 hours in your youth, in a two year period, during your career, and in your retirement; providing a grand total that overwhelms others like me, who may only cumulate 4000 hours over all the periods of their life combined. I got a head start during my youth, and have served on the church and arts support boards. I usher at the Gallagher Bluedorn. Yes I get to see shows for free, but some of them are dreadful in my opinion, and all I get to enjoy is the smiles of patrons (which indeed provides a reward for my service). I am sure service in my retirement will put me over 4000 hours if I have not attained that before I retire.

Sermons are not things people remember, musicals are, so I would like to give you lyrics from two musicals and a light opera to help you remember this talk.

From Mary Poppins: In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!
If you remember this you will remember that helping out your fellow man does not need to be dreadful, it is often a pleasure.

From the Gondoliers:
And the culminating pleasure
That we treasure beyond measure
Is the gratifying feeling that our duty has been done!
I chose this because my father enjoyed Gilbert and Sullivan, but also because helping someone often gives greater pleasure after the fact than while you are doing it.

From my Fair Lady:
The Lord above made man to help is neighbor,
No matter where, on land, or sea, or foam.
The Lord above made man to help his neighbor-but
With a little bit of luck, With a little bit of luck,
When he comes around you won’t be home!

I do not consider this the philosophy of a lazy freeloader. My father was happy when his orders were lost, but he did not shirk his duty. As long as you help when you are home, you do not need to wait at home for someone to come around.

I must include a final quote because there should be a Biblical quote in a sermon, and working in Wright Hall on the UNI campus I should include the quote which is above one of the doors to that building.

From Nehemiah 4:6, “For the people had a mind to work”. Biblical interpretation is difficult, so I invite you to read Nehemiah, but as I interpret the passage, repairing the wall of Jerusalem was a futile activity. But because the people had a mind to work, they succeeded in repairing the wall. Dedicated work can overcome great obstacles. It is the same sentiment expressed in the song ‘High Hopes’ where an ant moves a rubber tree plant and a ram punches a hole in a dam.

The Glow Within
Berton Braley

Oh, you gotta get a glory in the work you do,
A Hallelujah chorus in the heart of you.
Paint or tell a story, sing or shovel coal
But you gotta get a glory or the job lacks soul.

The great, whose shining tabors make our pulses throb.
Were men who got a glory in their daily job.
The battle might be gory, and the odds unfair
But the men who got a glory never knew despair.

To those who get a glory it is like the sun,
And you can see it glowing through the work they’ve done,
For fame is transitory, riches fade away.
But when you get a glory it is there to stay.

– Russ Campbell, 9/1/2013

Water Communion August 25, 2013

Water Communion ~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Festival Sunday Team
In us for this annual ritual of community building, we are
invited to bring water from a place that is meaningful to us.
Together we join our sacred waters, as we think about the many
places that water is special to us—from our backyard rain barrels,
to the glaciers of Alaska, from our clean and potable water in the
kitchen sink, to the waves of the ocean—we all connect with
water in different ways.

To listen to this service click here

May 5, 2013 – In Service of – The Invisible

~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Deblyn Russell (WA)
Join Rev. Eva for this year’s auction sermon purchased by Karen Kitchen. The book Karen chose–Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years – Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barber–is a fascinating look at many aspects of what women’s work has been like down through the ages, uncovered through the study of fiber remnants. Barber answers the question that many of us have as we read histories, “What were all the women doing?!” by helping us to glimpse the complex process ancient fiber production was, an element of life that has been all but invisible to us before this.  To listen to this sermon click here.

In Service of Covenant – April 28

~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Bill Chene (WA)
Many churches gather together around a common creed. Our Unitarian Universalist faith
doesn’t have a common creed, but we gather around a sense of mutual understanding of the purpose of our community. This week we will look at covenants, our covenant, and what this all means for our service to the greater Cedar Valley community.  To listen to this service click here.

In Service of Earth – Earth Day

April 21st Festival Sunday: In Service of. . .the Earth
~~ Festival Sunday Team, Karen Impola (WA)
Join us as we celebrate Mother Earth! The Festival Sunday Team has put together a service that helps us honor our place as tree-huggers, green-lovers, recyclers, environmental activists, alternative transportation geeks, garden-growers, and more. To Listen to this service click here.

In Service of..Family April 14, 2013

April 14th In Service of. . .Family 
~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Del Carpenter (WA)
It seems families often arrive here looking for help and support in raising their kids in the religious culture of our larger community. How does our religion help support and strengthen the family? What exactly is “a family” and what are “family values”? What is our place at the table in this conversation that is happening across the country?  To listen to this service click here

In Service of Transformation An Easter Celebration

Our community joins together to celebrate the Easter holiday.
How has Unitarian Universalism helped you transform your life?
What meaning can we make of the risen Christ?  To listen to this service click here.

In Service of Death – March 24, 3013

 Rev. Kali Hayslett, Karen Impola (WA) 
Join us as community minister and hospice chaplain Rev. Kali Hayslett shares stories about her work with families .  Palm Sunday is a celebration of the life of Jesus, the human life, the impact one person can make on their community.  Hospice ministry is about helping people live even when they are dying.  This is a message of hope from which we can all learn.  Due to technical difficulties the podcasts starts after Kali has already begun her sermon.  To listen to this sermon click here

Festival Sunday – March 17, 2014

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Festival Sunday: In Service of. . . Festival Sunday: In Service of. . . In Service of. . .Awakening Awakening
~~ Festival Sunday Team, Del Carpenter (WA)
Our celebration of spring! With any luck the bees are buzzing,
the buds swelling, and days lengthening. How does our faith
strengthen and sustain our awakening?  To listen to the festival skit and activities click here.

In Service of…Leadership March 10, 2013


~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Karen Impola (WA)
Some religions are good at creating followers.  Our progressive faith encourages the development of leaders.  We look at some of the well-known UU leadership in our world, and explore how our theology invites us into a place up front, leading the way!  To listen to this service click here.

In Service of Knowledge – February 17, 2013

Rev. Eva Cameron, Del Carpenter (WA)
In honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday, which some have declared as their own UU Holiday, this week we explored how the growth and love of knowledge has shaped our UU heritage. To listen to the service click here

Of That We Do Not Speak – Lynn Brant 02/03/2013

Of That We Do Not Speak ~~ Lynn Brant, Lara Martinsen-Burrell (WA)
Lynn will talk about abortion and make a stronger case for “pro-choice” in the context of our UU principles and values. He will argue that we should speak about abortion and not allow the other side to dominate the larger conversation in our society.
This podcast is in two parts. Part I is the Opening Words, The Thank UU Award and the Meditation. You can listen to Part I by clicking here. Part II is the Sermon delivered by
Lynn Brant. To listen to the Sermon click here.

In Service of Wisdom – Jan 20, 2013

Rev. Eva Cameron and Al Hays co-preaching, Deblyn Russell (WA)
Rev. Eva has always felt that wisdom was the practice of balancing what one knows from one’s head and what one knows from one’s heart, while always striving to enhance that knowledge.  One of the most powerful things we do as UUs is to teach people to be wise.  We want you to learn about things, to think about them, to talk with others and share your feelings, and to grow richer and deeper and more wise from these experiences.  Join Al Hays and Rev. Eva as they explore the idea of being a religion that encourages wisdom.  To listen to this service click here.

In Service of Peace Jan 13, 2013

~ Staci Chananie-Hill and Al Hays co-preaching, Del Carpenter (WA)
For Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday  Staci and Al share their thoughts about non-violence, the movement, and spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.  How does what we learn from our past propel us into finding ways and means other than violence in an ever-increasingly violent world?  How do peace and non-violence help us heal?  How do we address the wounds that bind us all and find understanding in peaceful solution?  Let us have a dialogue as we continue to heal from the violence that has been so very ever-present over the past year.  To Listen to this service Click Here.

Anniversary Sunday Jan 6, 2013

~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Festival Team
Listen to the celebration of the 138th Anniversary of the founding of the Universalist Society of Waterloo!  Each year we get out the old Universalist Communion silver, and share with our children some of our history from long, long ago.  This year, we will meet Rev. Dr. Effie McCollum Jones, one of our early ministers and learn a bit about our early years.   Click here to listen to the children’s story about Effie Jones, and here to listen to the Rev Eva Cameron as she speaks as “Effie Jones” to the congregation.

In Service of Light

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Karen Impola (WA)
Celebrate Winter Solstice!! Come be a light in our lives, as we
look to the age-old traditions of this time of year. To Listen to this service click here.

In Service of Children 12/9/12

What does our spiritual tradition teach us about children?  What do we as UUs offer to the greater community’s children? To Listen to this service including the Children’s story by Lara Martinsen-Burrell Click here.

In Service of Patience

The season of Advent invites us to consider the spiritual practice of waiting, and finding useful and productive things to do with our time.  Join us in the celebration of the virtue of patience.  To listen to this service click here.

In Service of Gratitude – Gratitude for All Experiences- Staci Chananie-Hill

We often give thanks for those things that make us feel good. But what about the things that make us beel bad, or that we perceive as negative experiences. How do we reframe those experiences? Let’s explore these thoughts and feelings together in this seasonal time of Thanksgiving. Lay Minister Staci Chananie-Hill shares her experiences with us this morning, to listen to this service click here.

In Service of – Courage

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Del Carpenter (WA)
A tribute to the men and women who are serving and have served
this country. Some of us are pacifists, and others believe in just
war. . .but no matter our leanings, we all honor the humanity that
serves at the core of military. To listen to this service click here.

In Service of Politics

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Maureen Murphy (WA)
Just prior to our national elections, we will pause and reflect on
the nature of politics, how our religion informs our politics, and
send forth our good wishes for a clean, civil election. To listen to this service click here.

Our 50th Anniversary Service

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Del Carpenter (WA)
Come celebrate! We will have a Homecoming Service, as we
invite all those who have been a part of our growth and development
over the years to join us on this special day. To listen to the 50th Anniversary Service Click here

In Service of the Common good

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Maureen Murphy (WA)
One beautiful reason to belong to a religious community is that it
helps us turn our focus beyond our own lives and towards
something larger. The call to serve the Common Good rang in the
lives of our founders, and still seems to be a vibrant principle today.
This is Clergy Appreciation Day! The idea of serving the Common
Good lives in the hearts of those who are called as Clergy. To listen to this service click here

In Service of Free Thought

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Karen Impola (WA)
Free-thought is a religious principle that has a long history with
both Unitarianism and Universalism. Our doors have long served
as a refuge where people could come and apply their own
understandings of religion to their lives. As we near our Fiftieth
Anniversary we celebrate a rallying cry for our faith. To listen to this service click here.

In Service 0f …Reason

Unitairan Universalist have a special pride in being a rational religion. Eva states: “When I was a kid, I used to tell people I liked to belong to a religion where I didn’t have to check my brain at the door.” How have we served the advancement of reason, among ourselves, among religions, and in the larger world? To listen to this service click here.

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