Author Archives: Unitarian Universalist Society of Blackhawk County - Cedar Falls, Iowa

April 27, 2014 Earth Day Festival Sunday: Gardening with Gaya

Earth Day Festival Earth Day Festival Festival: Gardening With Gaia  ~~ Festival Sunday Team, Lynda Sutherland (WA) Join us for this Festival celebrating our Mother Earth. To Listen to this service click here. Advertisements

April 20, 2014 Easter Sunday – Community Gardening – Rev. Eva Cameron

Community Gardening: Sprouting ~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Del Carpenter (WA) On this Sunday where we celebrate resurrections of all kinds and sorts, Rev. Eva will speak on the ‘art of pluckiness’. To listen to this service click here.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

 Stewardship Sunday ~ Stewardship Sunday ~~ Rev. Eva CameronOnce 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Festival Sunday – March 17, 2014

March 17thtt 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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

In Service of – Forgiveness

As the Jewish community pauses and takes time to make amends before they enter their new year, their holiday of Yom Kippur reminds us all of the sacred act of forgiveness. How can forgiveness be of service? To listen to this serivce click here.

Festival Sunday

Festival Sunday: : Gathering. . .In Service of Each Other : : ~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, The Festival Team We explore the gifts we gather to help sustain each other through the dark winters of our lives. This service, like all Festival Sundays, is especially created to speak to people of all ages in poetry, […]

In Service – Serving the Cedar Valley for Fifty Years

For the first sermon of the new church year we explored the many ways we have served and can continue to serve each other and our larger community.  We celebrated fifty years since the merger of the Unitarians and the universalists in the Cedar Valley.  To listen to the sermon click here.

Water Communion

To listen to the service click here. ~~ Lara Martinsen-Burrell, The Festival Team, Karen Impola (WA) Water—ever bending, yielding, flowing into all the nooks and crannies of our earthly lives. Bring to this service water collected during your past year’s journey—either the actual, or the symbolic water from places that have been defining to you. […]

The Fun and Faithful Journey: A Bridging Sunday ~~ RE Teachers, The Rev. Eva Cameron, Maureen Murphy (WA)

May 20th   Children’s Religious Education Sunday The Fun and Faithful Journey:  A Bridging Sunday ~~ RE Teachers, The Rev. Eva Cameron, Maureen Murphy (WA)A service presented by the younger members of our congregation in collaboration with their teachers and Rev. Eva.  At this service, Matthew Bancroft-Smithe and Thorsson Questra—wonderful youth who we’ve seen flourish from young children to young adults—will be […]

At the Center: The Search For Beauty, Truth and Right: Our Annual Flower Communion Service

Listen to this beautiful service where each member brings a flower and each one takes one home, plus a sermon on beauty, truth and right by Rev Eva Cameron.  To listen click here.

At the Center – The Unknown

We continue our exploration of what we find and hold as our Spiritual Center by looking at the sacred art of not knowing. For some, holding an age-old practice of questioning life and reality of all we cannot know is very centering; or as we sing, “to question is an answer!” To listen to this […]

The Center – Part 3 Sacredness of Place April 15, 2012

The Center, Part 3: Sacredness of Place ~~ The Rev. Eva Cameron, Deblyn Russell (WA) Are there some places that just call to you over and over again— inviting your return? Places that, when you are there, make you feel absolutely at home. All over the world, religious people have sacred places that are holy […]

The Center – Part 2 New Visions and Versions of God – April 8, 2012

The Center, Part 2: New Visions and Versions of God ~~ The Rev. Eva Cameron, Karen Impola (WA) The image of the risen Christ initially served as an invitation for people to vision God in a new way. Often UUs get stuck finding their center, because they have outgrown the images of God they grew […]

The Center – Part 1: Walking into Jerusalem April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday and Communion ~~ The Rev. Eva Cameron, Stephen Orsborn (WA) Sometimes we flee from success as much as we shrink from failure. Expansion, triumph and connection may terrify us as surely as aloneness and loss. As we step from the safety of our own personal nests, of course we are afraid of falling, […]

Charter For Compassion – Part 4

Charter for Compassion, Part 4 March 25, 2012 ~~ The Rev. Eva Cameron In our final service in the series, we covered the last three steps in the Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life: “Knowledge”, “Recognition”, and “Love Your Enemies”.  To listen to this service click here

Why Fear Success? – Bill Chene

March 18th Why Fear Success? ~~ Bill Chene , Karen Impola (WA) A brief talk on success versus failure in achieving the goals we set for ourselves in life by member Bill Chene.  To listen to this service click here.

Charter for Compassion – Part 3

After having a break, Rev. Eva Cameron continue our sermon series on the Twelve Steps to Compassion. This week we explored the steps of: “How Little We Know”, “How Should We Speak to One Another?”, and “Concern for Everybody”.  To listen to this service click here.

Stewardship Sunday

Our Stewardship Campaign comes right in the heart of our series on Compassion.  Rev. Eva and Shanlee McNally share the pulpet to talk about Stewardship.  To listen to this service click here.

Youth Sunday

This is the third year that our YoUUth Group has enjoyed the guidance of Kevin and Angie Stafsholt. They are becoming a loving and trusting community while discussing the philosophical issues in Dr. Clark Porter’s book Make Up Your Mind. The service is on Courage.  To listen to the service totally brought to you by […]

Things Fall Apart

February  19th Things Fall Apart ~~ The Rev. Audette Fulbright Fulson, Bill Chene (WA)Every faith tradition must offer some response to the disruptions we experience in our lives.  This morning as Rev. Audette explores the possibilities and pitfalls in our human and spiritual responses to change, suffering, and the unexpected.Hailing originally from South Carolina by way of […]

Festival Sunday: Love

~~ The Festival Team, Steve Orsborn (WA) In this fun and festive celebration, we  explore some of the different kinds of love.  To listen to this service click here

Charter for Compassion: A Wish for a Better World

February  5th Charter for Compassion, Part 2 ~~ The Rev. Eva Cameron, Deblyn Russell Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, Karen Armstrong’s new book, provides practical advice on compassionate living.    This week we will focus on the second three steps of empathy, mindfulness, and action. The Committee on Ministry also presents a Thank UU award […]

Festival Sunday: Martin Luther King, Jr

Sharing stories, drama and song, we explore the idea of injustice and how it shapes our lives, and the idea that “only those who know the true meaning of down can truly look up”. To listen to this service click here

Anniversary Sunday with Communion

After meeting for a period of time, on January 5, 1875 some brave souls signed papers officially creating the Universalist Church in Waterloo from which we descended. So we set aside one Sunday a year to celebrate and honor this date. Creating a church, choosing to start something new, takes bravery, time, and financial commitment: […]

Christmas Eve Service

This special Christmas Eve Service of traditional Carols and Christmas stories can be listened to by clicking here. 

Life and Death

Our Power of Creation theme continues as we explore the message Winter Solstice brings to us at this time and throughout the new year. To listen to this service click here.

Direct Connection to Love

Direct Connection to Love ~~ The Rev. Eva Cameron, Deblyn Russell (WA) We had  special Christmas music from the Choir, as we explored some of the meanings found in this Christmas season.  To listen to this service click here.

Own Our Power

Owning Our Power ~~ The Rev. Eva Cameron, Judy Harrington (WA) There was  a short ceremony to install our new DCRE, Angie Stafsholt. We continued with the theme on the Power of Creation, as we learn ways that our own power as a creative force in the universe is seen and felt.  To listen to this service […]

Changing the Message to Match the Market – Albert Browne

The retelling of the story of Christ for a medieval Germanic audience.  Taking this as a starting point, Al Browne examines how radically religious messages may be changed to match the market.  To listen to this service click here.

Festival Sunday: Thanksgiving Hunger Communion

To listen to this service by the Festival Team Click here.

Creating Pain

There is something about the nature of being human that attract us to our sufferings and sorrows.  We are moved by finding others who have experienced life’s sorrows that are similar to ours.  We often secretly thrill in telling others just how dificult our childhood ws, or how our workplace wrongs us.  One of the […]

The Power of Creation

The first in the series on the creative/creation/creator concept, listen as we explore the creative act as one of the facets of what it means to be human. What do you creat? What have you created? How do you relate to the power you have to create? To listen to the sermon click here.

Festival Sunday – Day of the Dead 10/30/2011

This is our annual remembrance of those who have gone before us. While people around the world in various cultures and religious traditions celebrate the lives of those who came before them, and remember them…we too gather together. To listen to this service click here.

Reconnection, Part 5: Service

To listen to this service click here.  If you could change one thing to make the world a better place, what would it be? What can you do to make a difference? What do you do to make a difference? Reaching out to others in acts of service helps us to knit together the fragile fabric of […]

Reconnection, Part 4: Stopping to Pray

To listen as the Rev Eva Cameron helps us explore some ideas about prayer and other ideas for reconnection click here.  Consider that Muslims stop what they are doing five times a day to pray, and reconnect themselves with their values. Some people have given up prayer but there are many ways to pray, and even humanist […]

Reconnection, Part 3: Acts of Love

Reconnection, Part 3: Acts of Love (Yom Kippur) ~~ The Rev. Eva Cameron, Bill Chene (WA) One of the most important ways to reconnect with each other is to love. The Jewish faith teaches us that each year, in order to go forward in love, we must pause and forgive ourselves and each other. To […]

Festival Sunday – Fall Equinox September 18, 2011

The Festival Team helps us re-connect with the lessons that Mother Nature offers us in the falls season. To listen to some of the highlights of this service click here

On Being a Rock: Reconnection to our Creative, Compassionate Center

The Rev. Eva Cameron reflects, 10 years after the 9/11 attacks on what those experiences offer us to shape our lives. To listen to this podcast click here. We honor the powerful emotions of that moment, and that we utilize our moments together as a religious community to reconnect to that sense of creative, compassionate […]

Labor Day Chapel – September 4 2011

We enjoy a service of song and a inspiration before our annual Church clean-up followed by an All Church Pot-Luck. To listen to this service click here.

Festival Sunday – Water Communion August 28, 2011

The Festival Team and the Rev. Eva Cameron again brought us the Water Communion ceremony where we each brought some water from our summer travels or experience to join in a communical bowl. To listen to this service click  here. We bring all this water to share, representing the oneness at the center of who […]

Beauty in the Breakdown

Starting from a blog posting by Elise Hanson this winter, Join Elise and Rev. Eva in this conversational sermon about finding beauty in the most unlike of spots. Happy Easter! To listen to this service click here.

Palm Sunday: Communion

Rev Eva Cameron returns from her sabatical and helps us celebrate the story of Jesus’ trumphal arrival into Jerusalem. Is there a message for us today in this ancient story? Rev Eva and Staci Chananie-Hill (Worship Associate) co-preach. To listen to this service click here.

Living Laughing Loving and Learning

Staci Chananie-Hill one of our Worship Associates brings us the sermon today. She says about today’s sermon, “April is a good month for taking time to sit still. It is the first month where we really welcome back life after the long days of winter. By paying very close attention and resting in stillness while […]

Lessons From The Road – Sue Hill

All the major world religions have pilgrimage as part of their ritual practice.  We, too, have been on a journey this year.  Listen to  find out what other religions can teach us about pilgrimage and how we can make our real and imagined journeys sacred.  Click here to listen to this service by lay-minister Sue […]

Festival Sunday – Spring Celebration

Spring is a time for new beginnings.  The promise of life becoming more exuberant.  To listen to the Spring Festival Service click here.

A Conversation On Happiness and Kindness

Bill Chene guides us thru an exploration of the relationship between happiness and kindness and how it can change our lives. To listen to the service click here.

Stewardship Sunday

Stopping to Smell the Roses: Living and Giving in Abundance Staci Chananie-Hill leads us in this celebration of giving.  The Committee on Ministry also recognizes Shanlee McNally for her contributions.  To Listen to this service click here.

Youth Sunday

One Sunday a year we ask our youth to share with us their thoughts and passions.  each year we are amazed and thankful that these passionate, caring and energetic people will be carrying us into the future.  Click here to hear Linnea, Amanda, Jack, Hanna and ZuZu and the Youth Service.

The Fool’s Journey

The first mention of playing card in western history is in the fourteenth century, and shortly thereafter we find evidence of decks with extra trump cards being used for divinatory and magical purposes.  These decks became known as Tarot.  One of the most intriguing cards in Tarot decks is the Fool card.  It is a […]

Shamanism Past and Present

Neil Martinsen-Burrell and Lara Martinsen-Burell ( Worship Associate). Shamansim refers to a broad class of religious practices regarding communication with the spirit world. A practitioner of these techniques is called a “shaman”. Shamanism exists in a stunning variety of forms in cultures all over the globe. Listen to this service to learn more about the […]

Facing the Other – The Mirror

~~ Staci Chananie-Hill, John Miller (WA) As we come into the New Year there is a sense of newness and rebirth.  We plan what we want from our year, some of us make goals—not always realistically.  What is it about this time of year that makes us look at ourselves and perhaps find something lacking, […]

The Infancy Narratives

The Infancy Narratives: Infancy Narratives: Infancy Narratives: an Objective Comparison an Objective Comparison ~~ Nathan Callahan, Staci Chananie-Hill (WA) Nathan & Staci review the two infancy narratives of the New Testament, and explore the historical purpose of each; why they tell completely different stories, and are not the same; and why each was written in […]