The publishing of an article about a woman's sexual encounter with actor Aziz Ansari has prompted a wide-range of media responses. We've talked recently about rape culture and consent, and about how much work there is to do. In addition to legality though, we also need to talk about morality and ethics - what about "bad sex" that while legal, still feels violating? We'll explore intent vs. impact, sexual ethics, and more.
The “condensed books” version of how and why I became a UU is fairly straightforward. The reality is more complicated. Come reflect with me as I weave together several voices that nourished my jagged journey to this place. I expect similar voices have nourished many of our journeys as well. Our support for a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” and “encouragement to spiritual growth” provides an excellent setting in which each of us can create a spirituality that is our own and that responds to who we are as growing, changing human beings. Trigger warning: My spiritual journey has been shaped in part by my childhood experiences of abuse. I will mention this, although not in detail, in the sermon.
The New Year is a time in our calendar when we think circularly – connecting our past year, to the present moment, to the future year about to unfold. What are the benefits of thinking circularly? How might we use circular time more often in our lives? Together we’ll think “outside of the box,” composed of straight lines, and instead think inside the circle.
Hope is often thought of as a wish or a feeling - but what if hope is a practice? A practice that can give us strength in times of difficulty and challenge? With all the negativity around us, are there things to be hopeful about in this holiday season?
The #meetoo has swept social media, and revelations and allegations about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and many others have featured prominently in recent news cycles. A national spotlight is finally being trained on an issue the has for far too long remained outside of the national consciousness - sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and the rape culture that enables and encourages all of these to happen. It's time to end rape culture.
The underlying emotions that drive our responses to policy and public perception around immigration too often needlessly reside in fear and scarcity. What would it look like to approach immigration from a place of abundance? We explore these topics and more as part of a special service supporting our Youth Group's spring Service Journey trip to the Mexico border.
Most of us enjoy sharing our stories with others, but we tend not to think of that as a basic human need. We do have a need though for the sense of connection with others that story-telling and deep listening creates. What would it mean to tell your story? Also as part of the service, Shailla and Naim Gupta will lead us in a brief celebration of Hindu observance of Diwali.
White supremacy is more than just the beliefs of those we label as "white supremacists" - it is a fact of life in our country, our culture, and even within Unitarian Universalism, as painful as that can be to acknowledge. How do we continue to live into our beliefs and values of inclusivity, justice and equity? We explore what it means to move towards dismantling white supremacy.
Yet again, we grieve as a nation for a terrible mass shooting. Join us to honor the lives lost together and to discuss how we might move forward as a people. How might we re-frame our stories so that we might end the escalation of gun violence all around us? How might we move forward towards more freedom and peace?