On this Stewardship Sunday, where we kick of our pledge campaign to fund our budget for next year, we will of course talk at least a little bit about money. And, we'll talk about our future - what is the vision that calls us forward as a community? What inspires love, growth and learning in us and in our lives?
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.
Empathy is often thought of as a characteristic that someone either has or doesn't have - but what if it's a skill, that we can practice, learn and even be intentional about? And if so, how might the world be changed for the better, if we all practiced and were intentional with empathy?
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?
There's a lot of really bad things happening in our country right now, sometimes so much that it can feel hard to keep track of and respond to all of it since there's so much. You could argue there are reasons to feel hopeless – so how do we find hope, keep and live in hope in these difficult times?
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.
Stories are powerful. When the stories we tell ourselves are uplifting, they feed our souls. When the stories we tell are harmful though, they are worth examining more deeply. And then there are the larger stories we tell in our culture that are meant to be uplifting, but have significant shadow sides. What do we do with stories that cause harm?