Balance (3.17.2019)

The Spring Equinox is the time when daylight and darkness are balanced, right on the edge between winter and spring. It is a good time of year to think about other kinds of balance in our lives. There are at least three ways I can think of to maintain balance. I can demonstrate the first…

From Color Blind to Color Brave – Reflections (3.10.2019)

Removing Rose-Colored Glasses/ Al Nathan and Charles Alexander Charles – Hello all.My name is Charles, and this is my brother from a lighter mother, Al Nathan. In January, Al, Catherine, and I had the chance to attend the New Day Rising Conference held at the Unitarian Church of Fairfax.  New Day Rising was born out of the need to help your UU…

Open The Door (3.3.2019)

As we creep closer and closer to Spring, I’m happy for the extra hours of daylight, the random deceptively warm days where you can open your windows and the emergence of green, but I will tell you what I miss about the winter. That’s right. The baked goods. I think there is a cookie gene…

This Freedom Commands (2.24.2019)

Unitarian Universalists often try to explain ourselves through history. Sometimes we say that we are a religion of deeds, not creeds, and so it falls to us to explain what kinds of deeds we’re talking about that demonstrate the power and possibility of our faith. We tell the stories of prophetic people of all genders…

The Wisdom of Love (2.16.2019)

There is an annual occurrence that seems to have lasted through this weekend: leftover Valentine’s chocolate is still on sale. I hope this turn of events brings comfort and joy to many. I do wonder, though, if there ought to be more to this season of commitment than a box of candy. Love is wild,…

We Know Within (2.10.2019)

I don’t know if the story happened exactly this way, but I believe it’s true. There was a married couple, Avram and Sarai, near the city of Ur in ancient Babylonia. They led a comfortable life, with a large household. A holy voice spoke to Sarai and Avram, saying “Lech lecha,” which means, “go to…

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We Yet Shall Be (1.27.2019)

There is a story in the Jewish Talmud about planting trees. A sage is walking along the road and sees someone planting a carob tree. The sage asks the person, “How long will it take for this tree to bear fruit?” “Seventy years,” replies the gardener. The sage then asks: “Are you so healthy a…

Times of Challenge and Controversy (1.20.2019)

I got a question for you people: of all the recent Marvel movies, who is your favorite superhero? Ironman? Black Panther? Groot? Does Groot count? Is he a tree or a superhero? I have a confession to make, my friends. I have not seen all the Marvel universe movies, I’ve seen three or four of…

Welcoming Congregation History Service (11.18.2018)

Four members of the congregation speak about the history and legacy of UUCSS’s journey as a Welcoming Congregation, a church intentionally open to the participation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. This service from November 18, 2018, was part of a series celebrating the 65th anniversary of the congregation. Jo Paoletti- Welcoming Kevin Drewery…

Resolve (1.6.2019)

This homily was preached on January 6, 2019, as part of the multigenerational Fire Celebration service to mark the new year. Happy new year! Let us rejoice and be glad in this day, this moment, this year of promise. Let us marvel at a sky full of stars at night and of one particular star…