December 16, 2018
The Power of Uncertainty
Randy Partain

When we think of mystery and wonder, we sometimes think about the grand majesty of nature or the origins of existence. Of all the mystery in the universe, though, sometimes the greatest mystery is within other human beings. We can fool ourselves into thinking that our assumptions and biases are reliable, but how can we set our assumptions aside to truly discover the wonder of the people around us?

 
 December 9, 2018
The Real Meaning of Christmas: Showing Up
Patti Henry

Don't do it half way. Your life is worth full-on attention. 'Tis the season for miracles to happen. Show up for yours!

 
 December 2, 2018
Habits of the Heart
Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen (Delivered by Ben Walker)

This sermon will tend to ways Unitarian Universalist communities can be places of welcome and sanctuary during periods of crisis and transition.

 
 November 25, 2018
Democracy in Crisis
Rev. Colin Bossen (Delivered by Sherry Stewart)

Democracy across the globe is in crisis. No matter who wins the midterm elections, this will continue to be true. How should Unitarian Universalist communities respond during times such as these?

 
 November 18, 2018
Bread Communion
Randy Partain

This multi-generational service is uniquely Unitarian Universalist, and a special one for bringing a friend or relative. All are invited to bring bread that connects to your ancestors or your current family traditions. We will share our bread and stories of our bread with each other after a blessing, and offer gratitude for our beloved community. Our children will be with us throughout this service for all generations, while child care for ages 4 and under will be available in the Mahjong room.

 
 November 11, 2018
The Four Agreements: Part I
Patti Henry

On Sunday, our guest speaker, Patti Henry, will look at the first of the Four Agreements, as suggested by Miguel Ruiz in his best-selling book of the same name, that you must make with yourself to have a happy and effective life. This agreement, make your word impeccable, is the most important and difficult of the Four. Come join us for a fun and thoughtful service!

 
 November 4, 2018
Rules of the Game
Randy Partain

Sometimes things change without our permission, like someone has changed the rules on us mid-game without warning us. This often provokes some anxiety for a lot of us. Sometimes, there are changes we long for, though. Changes we want in our own lives or in the world around us. How do we determine whose rules we have to play by when we want to change the game? And how do we ensure that the changes we strive for truly align with our life-affirming values?

 
 October 28, 2018
Honoring Our Ancestors
Randy Partain

Whether we celebrate it as Dia de los Muertos, All Saints, Samhain, or by some other name, this time of year is often a time that we think about ancestors and how to honor them. Maybe we think of special items or activities that make us feel close to people we care about who have died. Maybe we look back to more distant ancestors, people we never knew but who shaped our life and circumstances nonetheless. One way we can honor those who came before us is by the legacy we leave behind for the future generations who will call us ancestors. Come delve deeper into how we honor both the departed and generations to come in this special celebration.

 
 October 21, 2018
A Place for Us
Rev. Carlton E. Smith (Delivered by Sherry Stewart)

A sense of belonging is fundamental to our experience as human beings. Most people are grateful to find a community where they feel at home, or they are seeking one. Unitarian Universalism provides such an environment for many, and yet not all. How do we walk the line between creating cohesive communities and making room for the stranger?

 
 October 14, 2018
We Make the Road by Walking
Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

This title comes from a dialogue between the great practitioners of liberation education Paulo Freire and Myles Horton. The sermon will be a chance to reflect upon how we can collectively engage in spiritual practices to nourish us as we struggle for social change. Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen will be with us for his first visit to Tapestry.

 
 October 7, 2018
At the Center of You
Randy Partain

Many of us have spiritual practices that are a meaningful part of our daily routines, but sometimes those daily routines can get so hectic and stressful that it seems like we don't have time for one more activity, no matter how helpful we think it might be. What would it be like to have a way of deepening our connection with ourselves that didn't require blocking out more time in the calendar?

 
 September 30, 2018
What Love Looks Like
Randy Partain

Being accepted is a fundamental human need, yet we often struggle with how to welcome others without hiding or giving up some part pf ourselves. The easy answer is to only welcome people who seem to be like us, but our shared principles call us to a greater sense of hospitality. Is there a way to welcome people into our lives and still have the sense of belonging and acceptance we need for ourselves.

 
 September 23, 2018
Welcoming the Stranger: There’s No Place Like Home!
Rev. Dr. Dan King

This Sunday Rev. Dan King returns to the Tapestry campus to bring his personal reflections about how we can choose to embrace necessary changes in his service “Welcoming the Stranger: There’s No Place Like Home!”

 
 September 16, 2018
Calendar Priorities: Making Time for Sacred Work?
Rev. Dr. Dan King (read by Tom Parker)

Just as teachers and students settle into structured learning routines during early September, those of us who choose to be involved in religious community are given the opportunity to consciously pledge the time and energy necessary for our own spiritual growth. Our Minister, Rev. Dr. Dan King shares some helpful ideas about how to sustain our good intentions. (Read by Tom Parker)

 
 September 9, 2018
Water Communion & Ingathering Service
Randy Partain

Bring water from your Summer travels, back yard birth bath, rain gauge, or other places that have a special meaning to you for adding to our communal water in this uniquely Unitarian Universalist service.

 
 September 2, 2018
Hope to Empower
Randy Partain

Sometimes, we may think of “hope” as unfounded optimism. And we may feel despair when our hopes for our lives or for the world seem unlikely to come true. Is there a way for us to engage our hope that can consistently inspire our creative purpose and empower us to live fully?

 
 August 26, 2018
In The Permanent Emergency
Carole Courtney

We live in a period of profound cultural, ecological, moral, and political crisis. In this service we will ask: what is the calling of the church during such an unsettled time?

 
 August 19, 2018
The Way Forward Is With A Broken Heart
Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

The title of this service comes from Alice Walker’s book of the same name. She offers wisdom about how to move forward during a time of disappointment and heartbreak writing, “healing begins where the wound was made.” No matter the reason why a ministry ended, it often concludes with a sense of disappointment and pain about what has been lost and what might have been. In this service we will contemplate how to move forward despite and because of whatever pain has existed in the past.

 
 August 12, 2018
Trading Up
Patti Henry - Live

Are you familiar with the Bigger and Better game? For example, Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald started with one red paper clip, and after 14 trades, ended up with a two story house. What if we all did that? Traded UP? Come join us and speaker Patti Henry to find out how!

 
 August 5, 2018
Tapestry at The Point
Rita Cusack

If you've been to The Point, you know what a fun, inspiring and educational five days it is. If you haven't been yet, come learn why many of our members make it a regular part of their summer schedule. All SWUUSI/The Point alumni will be invited to share their experiences.

 
 July 29, 2018
Lessons from the UUA National General Assembly: Threads of Joy, Hope, and Courage
Dana Ashrawi

The Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly (UUA GA) is a lively annual event that brings together thousands in our own interdependent web to sing, worship, learn, witness and take faithful action. Dana Ashrawi has ether attended or been a delegate for most of the last 10 years. She gives an in-person interactive impression for all ages on the exciting highlights of this year’s gathering.

 
 July 22, 2018
Mountain People
Patti Henry - Live

Small thinking leads to small living. How do we become "mountain minded" and learn to expand our lives becoming all we can be? Come hear our guest speaker, Patti Henry, in this inspiring and fun service!

 
 July 15, 2018
WOW
Carol Burrus (Read by Geoff Sanders)

When did you last feel a sense of wonder and say “Wow!”? Was it some kindness or beauty? Were you blown away by something you learned or saw? Our stories are made up of pieces we put together from our world. What would happen if more of the pieces were things that WOWed us?

 
 July 8, 2018
Celebrating Our Declaration of INTER-dependence
Rev. Dr. Dan King - Live

Rev. Dan returns from the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City with a renewed sense of the importance of our 7th Principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” He'll share personal reflections of the multiple levels of meaning he finds in that principle for this Independence Day themed sermon.

 
 July 1, 2018
The USA and My Family
Allan Perkins

In this time of dissension and government cruelty, who is our family and how do we treat the members of this wider family?

 
 June 24, 2018
World Wonder
Rev. Matt Alspaugh

When the song of the earth resonates in your heart, what do you hear? What feelings rise up from the depths of your being? Is there wonder at the beauty and complexity that surrounds us? Does there come a sense of gratitude? Or perhaps grief and sadness for how we have treated the world? Can there be hope and possibility that we might more deeply apprehend our place on this amazing and precious planet?

 
 June 17, 2018
Toward Forgiveness & Healing: A Fearless Inventory?
Ralph Krog

Every Fall for thousands of years, Jewish traditions have called for ten days of self-reflection as observant Jews approach the rituals of Yom Kippur, the Day of Forgiveness. The practices of Rosh Hashanah ask each of the faithful to forgive those who sincerely repent for their “trespasses” AND honestly to face the reality of their own imperfections, their trespasses of others, and, where appropriate, to ask for forgiveness and healing of their mutual relationships before God.

In this service, Rev. Dan shares reflections on these universal themes of forgiveness and healing.

 
 June 10, 2018
The High Price of Free Baseball Tickets
Ralph Krog

How much will you pay for a free lunch? What price is peace of mind.

 
 June 3, 2018
Annual Meeting
Rev. Dr. Dan King

We'll hear about the state of the church, and elect new nominating committee and board members. Service will be held at Museum District.

 
 May 27, 2018
What About Justice? What About My Pain?
Randy Partain

We know how important forgiveness is, especially for our own well-being. Yet, it often seems that we have to make a choice between forgiving someone and seeking justice. Between forgiving someone and healing our wounds. Can a road map to forgiveness also lead to justice and healing?

As we transition from our Eldridge location to CJCN, we will meet at the Museum District Campus this Sunday at 10:30 am.

 
 May 20, 2018
Forgiveness: The Heart of the Matter
Ralph Krog

Why forgive? And we decide to forgive, how do we do it?

As we transition from our Eldridge location to CJCN, we will meet at the Museum District Campus this Sunday at 10:30 am.

 
 May 13, 2018
Flower Communion
Ralph Krog

In honor of Mother's Day we celebrate our multi-generational Flower Communion and tell the story of its originator, Rev. Norbert Capek. Bring a flower per person to decorate the altar and take home a different blossom when you leave!

 
 May 6, 2018
The Paradox Power
Rev. Bob Tucker

How much sleep did you get last night? While there are pockets of hope, especially among the young, too much is wrong. It’s creating widespread anxiety. What shall we do about it?

If you are a member of First UU-Copperfield Campus, please be sure to stay after the service to vote on the future location of our campus!

 
 April 29, 2018
Earth Centered
Ralph Krog

Thomas Jefferson said "all are created equal, all are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Notice he did not say anyone had a right to be happy, but you do have the right to chase happiness. By the way unalienable is nice word for un-sellable. So if Jefferson is right, you cannot sell your soul to devil. You can only rent it to him.

Note — This service will be held at Congregation Jewish Community North to try it out as one of two choices for our next church home.

 
 April 22, 2018
Active Hope
Ralph Krog

Note: We will have this service at a different location as a trial of future rented space - Celebration Lutheran on KZ Road in Cypress. Service summary: There are two kinds of hope...hope that requires the likelihood of positive result and hope that is paired with action moving toward a desired outcome. The second is Active Hope. We assert that this is the kind of hope required in today’s uncertain circumstances. We will awake to the realities we face and find individual paths to our collective community’s action. Everyone, no matter what age, will find inspiration as we explore and create our Active Hope together.

 
 April 15, 2018
Born Again and Again and Again
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

What does it take to find yourself with an entirely new perspective, one that gives energy and purpose to your life? For many of us, daily routines and obligations can feel like they get in the way. But when you look back, how many different "selves" can you count? Our emotional and spiritual lives include many stops on an infinitely variable path. We'll reflect on how many times we have journeyed to a new beginning.

 
 April 8, 2018
Selling Your Soul to Buy Happiness
Ralph Krog

Thomas Jefferson said "all are created equal, all are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Notice he did not say anyone had a right to be happy, but you do have the right to chase happiness. By the way unalienable is nice word for un-sellable. So if Jefferson is right, you cannot sell your soul to devil. You can only rent it to him. You can always redeem it.

 
 April 1, 2018
Easter
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

Some Unitarian Universalists have a Christian orientation, many do not. Both the Unitarian and the Universalist religions sprang out from Christianity. What do we believe about Jesus? About resurrection? About the meaning of Easter? Come find out.

 
 March 25, 2018
A Question of Life and Death?
Rev. Dr. Dan King

"From Birthing to Living to Dying: The Ultimate Transformations?"

One uninterrupted human lifespan could encompass a range of multiple liminal transformation experiences in our own birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood, maturity, senescence, decline, and finally, our deaths.

The difficulties some of us encounter at the threshholds of entering or leaving these stages of life (and other times of transitions for ourselves and for those we love), can seem overwhelming; for many of us, there are no mentors or guides to show us how to deal with the essence of our shared mortality.

 
 March 18, 2018
What Happens When You Stop Complaining
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

What we focus on, we invite. If we focus on what we don't want and don't like, we may find ourselves getting more of it anyway. How often do you complain? Want to find out?

 
 March 11, 2018
Man & Superman; Woman & Wonder-Woman
Ralph Krog

Humanism says that we don't need or can't rely on God or gods. Okay. So why do we create all these superheroes? Is merely being human enough? We seem to crave more from our myths.

 
 March 4, 2018
Radical Imagination
Rev. Dr. Dan King

Many observers of the catastrophes of history- wars, Holocaust, and genocides around the world- have lost faith in the concept of an all-seeing, all-caring Divinity. In this service, Rev. Dr. Dan King shares reflections on some of the ways that many of us (including several prominent Unitarian Universalists) have resolved our cognitive dissonance about the necessity of a belief in the existence and centrality of God in living an ethical and meaningful life.

 
 February 25, 2018
Humanism
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

One need not have a deity to provide religious experience, one only need to be truly awake. We’ll explore another source of our UU faith: “Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.”

 
 February 18, 2018
Words & Deeds 3
Rev. Dan King

In this service, Rev. Dan King shares reflections on how and why the brief life of Rev. Theodore Parker, someone almost forgotten in our time, actually had extraordinary influence in the development of modern Unitarian Universalist theology as well as our progressive ideas about social justice.

 
 February 11, 2018
An Ordinary Woman
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

A 19th century American Calvinist girl grew up to become a Universalist woman and changed America forever.

 
 February 4, 2018
Just Out of Reach
Ralph Krog

Have you ever felt there is something important missing in your life? Something you can or can’t put your finger on– something that if you only had it– you would feel complete? Finally and completely whole & content? We’ll also take a peek at our dreams for the year ahead.

 
 January 28, 2018
UU Prophets, Martyrs, and Heroes
Ralph Krog

We are members of a prophetic faith. And we have the martyrs and heroes to prove it. Advice about working on social justice, Moses never entered the promised land. Susan B Anthony never got to cast a vote. But the promised land would never have been reached, and women would never have gotten the vote unless someone did the hard work that they did.

 
 January 21, 2018
Owning the Darkness, Welcoming the Light
Rev. Dan King

Much of contemporary Unitarian Universalist theology and common practices show deep roots from both our Jewish We and Christian ancestry. In this week's service, our Campus Minister, Rev. Dan King, reflects with us on how those particular roots inform our mid-Winter consciousness in "Owning the Darkness and Welcoming the Light".

 
 January 14, 2018
Chanukah Candles and Christmas Stars
Rev. Dr. Dan King

Social anthropologist tell us that societies over the millennia have responded to the natural recurrent rhythms of the earth by creating rituals at the changing of the season. In the Northern hemisphere, as humans perceived the longer nights of winter, we created stories which assure us that life-sustaining light will return. In this service, we will "reflect" on the persistent appeal of some of the common elements of our modern experience of the timeless stories of Chanukah and Christmas.

 
 January 7, 2018
Circle of Life
Ralph Krog

As the Wheel of Life turns again, we dedicate our children; name new births; new marriages; honor anniversaries, and recall the departed. Please contact the office if you would like your children dedicated in the church today, and provide us with names and ages.

 
 December 31, 2017
New Year's Eve Service
Ralph Krog

Jesus was a Jew. All of his disciples, the ones he selected, were Jews. So how did the Christian church separate from Judaism and what do we still have in common?

 
 December 24, 2017
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Ralph Krog

Come join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on the evening of December 24, from 5 PM - 6:30 PM.

 
 December 17, 2017
Things Commonly Asked Among Us
Rev. Susan Yarbrough

The title of this sermon does not refer to Unitarian Universalists, but rather to all religionists (and atheists) in the world and the questions we have in common, such as “Where did we come from, and why are we here?” Instead of focusing on one religion, let’s look at these common questions as a framework for broadening our own hearts and minds, developing interreligious competence, and working with others to repair the world, even when their answers are different from our own.

 
 December 10, 2017
Vivaldi's Gloria
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

The Sanctuary Choir presents a special Music Service featuring Vivaldi's baroque masterwork, "Gloria." This celebrated work offers inspiring music that explores the foundation of Christianity through themes of hope, gratitude and peace. Mark Vogel, music director, leads the service.

 
 December 3, 2017
Islam & UU: Overcoming "Islamophobia"
Rev. Dr. Dan King

Western culture over the past millennium has developed antipathy toward the religion of the Qu'ran. In this service, Rev. Dr. Dan King explores some parallels with Unitarian Universalist theology as well as several of the commonly-held myths and truths about cultural variants and "heresies" associated with self-proclaimed adherents of the religion revealed by the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh).

 
 November 26, 2017
Evolution of the Divine
Ralph Krog

We have not always thought of the divine, our god(s), or other people's, as we think currently think of the divine. God evolved, or our thoughts about the divine evolved.

 
 November 19, 2017
Bread Communion
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

Please bring some bread to share, perhaps associated with your heritage or has some other special meaning. We will share our bread (and the stories of our bread). This uniquely Unitarian Universalist service is a fun one to bring a friend to.

 
 November 12, 2017
UU View of Taoism
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

We will look at the three jewels of Taoism: humility, moderation and compassion in a UU context and see that "peace is who you are without a story."

 
 November 5, 2017
No Textbook Required
Susan Yarbrough

More than one theologian has noted that Unitarian Universalists don’t have sacred texts. Instead, each of us studies our own direct experience of transcendence and lets that shape our theology. Uh...okay. But how do we communicate those experiences to each other? And what is transcendence anyway? When we gather on Sunday, let’s reflect together about our First Source, and about the delights and dangers of building our own theology.

 
 October 29, 2017
Dia de los Muertos
Ralph Krog

Our annual Day of the Dead service. You are invited to bring a photo or memento of a departed loved one to church for our memory table.

 
 October 22, 2017
Your Own Direct Experience
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

Many religions start with a creed, a sacred text, or a singular prophet. The Unitarian Universalist religion starts with your own direct religious experience.

 
 October 15, 2017
One with the Universe
Ralph Krog

How extreme Zen meditation can lead to sprained ego and brief flashes of addictive euphoria.

 
 October 8, 2017
Doing the Work of Love
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

For some of us, compassion has always come easy and it is a strength we use in moderation. Others of us suffer from "compassion fatigue" and find ourselves becoming more uncaring than we'd like. And how do we muster compassion for people who really, really don't "deserve" it?

 
 October 1, 2017
The Contours of Compassion
Susan Yarbrough

We've often heard that love makes the world go'round. More likely, however, it is compassion - a deep stirring of the heart - that leads to small and large actions to walk with others in their joys and sorrows. On Sunday, let's reflect together on the inner sources and outer expressions of our compassion as individuals and as a church body, the limits of compassion, and how to refill our own spiritual wells when compassion fatigue overtakes us.

 
 September 24, 2017
Compassion: Deep in the Heart
Rev. Dan K

As our newest addition to the First UU ministry, Rev. Dan K will share reflections on how we might approach others, especially in the context of his own past experiences with Houston and Unitarian Universalism.

 
 September 17, 2017
What You Seek Is Seeking You
Susan Yarbrough

These words by the 13th-century Persian Muslim poet Rumi remind me of why many of us came to Unitarian Universalism. Not only were we looking for something in it, but we also felt pulled by something toward it. This week, let's think together about what we continue to seek when we gather here every Sunday, and what we offer to those who may be seeking us.

 
 September 10, 2017
Unitarian Universalists Are Good For Nothing
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

Orthodox faith insists the fear of eternal damnation and the promise of heaven are the only motivations to turn inveterate sinners in to good people. Unitarian Universalists have a different take.

 
 September 3, 2017
Annual Water Communion
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

Whoever you are, wherever you've been - the uniquely Unitarian Universalist Water Communion offers you a chance for a Welcoming Community. Feel free to bring a little water from your summertime - either from a vacation spot, or from your kitchen faucet. And prepare to write a sentence about its origins or meaning to you now.

Note from Daniel: You can certainly bring water for water communion, but more importantly, you might bring the following: non-perishable food items, toiletries, and ‘practical’ clothing, especially for men.

 
 August 27, 2017
Church Canceled

Church canceled due to Hurricane Harvey. Stay safe folks!

 
 August 20, 2017
Thinking About the Unthinkable
Ralph Krog

How do we contemplate, and plan for inevitable death and possible disaster and maintain a healthy mind?"

 
 August 13, 2017
Gotta Get Up to Get Down
Rev. Marisol Cabellero

In these rapidly changing times, we are required to find new ways of remaining engaged and active. Join us to explore what it will take to be "down" with current movements of resistance."

 
 August 6, 2017
The Principle of Love
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

Our Universalist heritage has been long summed up by the decleration "God is Love." Yet our seven Unitarian Universalist Principles do not use the word "love." What is the place of this key concept when we look at the source of our faith?"

 
 July 30, 2017
Doubt
Rev. Angela Henderson

Agnostics are often understood as people who admit that they do not know if there is a God or not. Yet, can there be more to agnosticism? Rev. Angela Henderson will share about this spiritual path that is described by Lesley Hazelton as one that "takes a spirited delight in not knowing."

 
 July 23, 2017
Why Are We So White?
Patti Henry

The Unitarian Universalist faith has done a great job of opening its doors and welcoming the GBLT community. We have stood firm on the side of love. How can we do the same with the black population, the Hispanic population, and others? How do we truly become the faith of ALL people?

 
 July 16, 2017
Character
Rev. Angela Henderson

Abraham Lincoln once said "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." To improve character, our religious forebears lifted up virtues to adopt as part of our lives. Maybe these virtues have a place in our time.

 
 July 9, 2017
Life's Third Act
Rev. Angela Henderson

Generations are now living an average of 34 years longer than our great-parents did. Jane Fonda presents life and spiritual journey after age 60 as "Life's Third Act." This Sunday, we will hear reflections on Life's Third Act from members of the Thoreau Campus.

 
 July 2, 2017
Fake News, Alternative Facts, and the Truth that Sets Us Free
Rev. Leonora Montgomery

All news sources are reeking with the confusion fed by failures of truth-telling in our political life. How did our culture become so casual about the distinction between truth and lies? It's time to shed our light on Truth.

 
 June 25, 2017
Movement
Rev. Angela Henderson

The Rev. Lewis B. Fisher wrote these words almost a century ago, yet they still apply today: "Universalists are often asked to tell where they stand. The only true answer....is that we do not stand at all, we move. "We'll explore what is worth working for in our lives and what might become of our movement as Unitarian Universalists.

 
 June 18, 2017
Father's Day
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

What does a UU father figure look like?

 
 June 11, 2017
Men in Church
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

Are most churches ''women's club with a few male officers?'' We'll explore some reasons women outnumber men in church, and why we at First Unitarian may have a greater proportion of men than usual.

 
 June 4, 2017
Annual Meeting
Ralph Krog

We'll hear about the state of the church, and elect new nominating committee and board members.

 
 May 28, 2017
Self-Made Man
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

We'll explore the construction of gender and reflect on what a woman learned after posing as a man for a year.

 
 May 21, 2017
Smashing Patriarchy
Rev. Angela Henderson

Generally speaking, religion has a terrible record on Women's Rights, GLBTQ rights, and Racial Justice. Join us this Sunday to discover how our UU faith calls us toward a world of equity and compassion.

 
 May 14, 2017
Flower Communion
Ralph Krog

In honor of Mother's Day we celebrate our multi-generational Flower Communion and tell the story of its originator, Rev. Norbert Capek. Bring a flower per person to decorate the alter and take home a different blossom when you leave!

 
 May 7, 2017
Eye of the Hurricane
Ralph Krog

In the midst of our busy lives, some of us enjoy finding the calm in the hurricane's eye.

 
 April 30, 2017
Rainbows Streaming Through Our Hands
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

Our logical minds tend to reduce complexities to easily understood concepts. Yet, the world we live in is more complicated than logic wants to believe. Today we look beyond the black and white of “prayer” or “no prayer” as we consider the rainbow - with the help of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.

 
 April 23, 2017
Comfort Me
Rev. Angela Henderson

While prayer is often recommended as a regular practice, we most often feel the desire to pray in times of questioning, confusion, and grief. What are ways to pray that UU's find helpful in times of need?

 
 April 16, 2017
Easter for UUs
Ralph Krog

Has there been a time– or two?– when you have been “afraid and amazed?” Something in your life is ending. Or has just ended. And things don’t seem to get better right away? And you are “afraid and amazed?”

The Easter story begins with death & fear. But it doesn’t end there.

 
 April 9, 2017
A UU View of Prayer
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

Many of us are uncomfortable with the words "God" and "prayer." Often this rejection comes from outgrowing or having to "unlearn" what our old religious tradition taught us. Can we claim or reclaim this word and practice?

 
 April 2, 2017
Blame the Shadow
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

Our cultural understanding of "evil" changed when psychologists such as Carl Jung began to talk about the "shadow" in human experience. How do we hold to our values of "inherent worth and dignity" alongside our own capacity to demonize and blame?

 
 March 26, 2017
The Evil of Ordinary People
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

Religious Liberals generally don't talk about this much. But sometimes we have to. Most of all, it’s important to acknowledge our own propensity to evil.

 
 March 19, 2017
Fashion Tips for Emperors
Rev. Angela Henderson

In Chemistry when too much of a substance is added to a solution, there is a reaction, either a flash, a precipitation or a crystallization. In our lives, in our society, when too much evil is present there will be a reaction. But will it be a flash of violence, a rain of sorrow or a crystallization of conscience?

 
 March 12, 2017
Shadows and Crystals
Ralph Krog

In Chemistry when too much of a substance is added to a solution, there is a reaction, either a flash, a precipitation or a crystallization. In our lives, in our society, when too much evil is present there will be a reaction. But will it be a flash of violence, a rain of sorrow or a crystallization of conscience?

 
 March 5, 2017
Hearts Broken Open
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

The spiritual journey reminds us not only to be grateful for love, peace, and joy, but also for failure, pain, and loss. We celebrate the wholeness of our being as we reflect on Gratitude today.

 
 February 26, 2017
Change Your Mind
Rev. Angela Henderson

During the course of one day, countless amounts of information is absorbed by the brain. Our thoughts swirl around introducing new ideas or conjuring up old memories. Learn how to reclaim some of your mental space and change your life by changing your mind.

 
 February 19, 2017
Thank you very much!
Ralph Krog

Is gratitude a requirement for Happiness? Can you be happy if you are ungrateful?

 
 February 12, 2017
Loving and Letting Go
Rev. Angela Henderson

Have you ever wanted to help someone so much, but they just wouldn't listen to your incredibly wise advice? When helping might be our first response to another's sorrow, we can learn that love can also be in the letting go.

 
 February 5, 2017
Mind & Soul Ablaze
Ralph Krog

"Houston, we have a problem" goes the saying. Some of our UU values are under siege. From denigration of Muslims to discrimination against transgender folks to vilifying atheists– the list of problems grows. But our church has a history of being a haven for religious liberals and a beacon for liberal religion. Come learn our history and how we’re saying now "Houston, we have a solution!"

 
 January 29, 2017
Letting Go of Fear
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

When I was first a summer hospital chaplain, I had an irrational fear of being near dying people. And then I saw a woman die of her own irrational fear. Fear can be a great self-defense mechanism; and, it can kill us. Fear isn’t just about life & death– it’s about wanting, getting, relationships and loss. We’ll explore fear, it’s opposite, and how to get to the other side.

 
 January 22, 2017
Cycles of Anxiety and Faith
Ralph Krog

Wheels, spirals, doors, corridors; life is like that. Anxiety can be calmed with a little Faith. Ralph Krog, preaching.

 
 January 15, 2017
A Heaven In Hell
Ralph Krog

If we find ourselves in hell, how do we save ourselves? We build our own heaven … and bring in our family and friends and neighbors and strangers. Copperfield Campus Minister, Ralph Krog, preaching.

 
 January 8, 2017
Circle of Life
Ralph Krog

As the Wheel of Life turns again, we dedicate our children; name new births; new marriages; honor anniversaries, and recall the departed. Service led by Ralph Krog, Campus Minister.

 
 January 1, 2017
Brunch and Burning
Susanna Hill

Service has been pushed back to NOON for this very special occasion....

Come and join us at Noon for Brunch and Burning.  Bring a dish and your New's Years Resolution.  We'll have a nosh and a ritual.  Start the New Year off right with great food and fellowship!!

Coffee, Orange juice and Tomato juice provided.

 
 December 25, 2016
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Closed

Copperfield Campus will not be open on Sunday, Christmas Day, because we will all be tired from attending the Christmas Eve Service.  

Also at Copperfield there will be no Sunday Worship on New Years Day; however, there will be Brunch and Burning starting at Noon.

There will be a Christmas Day service by Rev. Angela at Museum District at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome.

 
 December 24, 2016
Christmas Eve
Ralph Krog

Our annual candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. with readings and carols. Service led by Ralph Krog.

 
 December 18, 2016
Don't Let the Light Go Out
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

Music, readings, and reflections on the lights of the season seen through Hannukah, Winter Solstice, and Christmas. Our annual traveling Music Service. We will also receive your special financial year end donation.

Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell and the Museum District Sanctuary Choir, directed by Mark Vogel.

 
 December 11, 2016
Jesus' Unitarian Universalist Values
Rev. Angela Henderson

Did you know Jesus was a heretic? He taught that some values were more important than the rules of his day. Join us this Sunday to hear how the life of Jesus influenced Unitarian Universalism. Rev. Angela Henderson, preaching.

 
 December 4, 2016
Take Back the Word
Rev. Angela Henderson

The word, “God,” is a powerful word with a lot of baggage. Respecting that this word or idea of God does not work for everyone, we also recognize that it is an essential part of the spiritual life of some among us. Rev. Angela will explore how we can welcome God into our spiritual life in a n authentic way.

 
 November 27, 2016
A UU View of God
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

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As a colleague reminded me many years ago, we’re not the church that says you have to believe in God. But we’re also not the church that says you can’t believe in a god, or gods, or God Almighty. We’re the church that says– you have options, and we’ll love you no matter your decision. Really. You’re the expert on your own theology– and we’ll help you build that theology. Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell, preaching.

 
 November 20, 2016
Bread Communion
Ralph Krog

Please bring some bread to share, perhaps associated with your heritage or has some other special meaning. We will share our bread (and the stories of our bread). This uniquely Unitarian Universalist service is multi-generational (kids stay with us in the sanctuary), and it’s a fun one to bring a friend to. We will take a special collection for our international UU Partner Churches today.

 

 
 November 13, 2016
Trust and Democratic Relationships
Randy Partain

The democratic process is intended to empower people - to give every person a voice and a seat at the table. But without trust for one another, democracy falls far short of its potential. How do we trust others -- and how do we engender trust -- so that the democratic process becomes a more powerful way of relating to one another and building community?

 
 November 6, 2016
The End of Democracy?
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

What does Unitarian Universalism have to say about the upcoming presidential election? About democracy? How might our UU Principles affect how we vote? We'll look at the hard parts of the 1st and 5th Principles along with a 3 step action plan of how you can advocate your values through voting and advocacy work.

 
 October 30, 2016
Dia de los Muertos
Rev. Angela Henderson

Our annual Day of the Dead service, a multi-generational service to be celebrated simultaneously at all 3 of our campuses. Bring a photo or memento of a departed loved one to church for our memory table.

 
 October 23, 2016
Theology of Democracy
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

Our fifth principle states that “we affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” How did the idea of democracy become so fundamental that it is one of our seven formative statements? We will consider the theological roots of democracy.

 
 October 16, 2016
Why We Vote
Rev. Angela Henderson

There are obstacles to our voices and votes being heard. Every year someone brings up the electoral college and now we have Citizens United even further flooding our political process with money and personal agendas. This Sunday, we are going to take a step back to look at Democracy to remember and maybe even revise the reasons we vote.

 
 October 9, 2016
Home
Rev. Angela Henderson

The idea of home permeates much of our lives including our dreams for our personal future and our family's future, disputes over land, and the many refugee crises. We long to be at home and feel at home. This Sunday, leave your house and discover home. Rev. Angela Henderson preaching.

 
 October 2, 2016
Reaching Out
Randy Partain

We see a lot of hostility in our world. Our society encourages us to choose sides and stay safe. Can we accept the challenge of our UU principles to think and act differently -- to boldly welcome people who seem different into our lives? Randy Partain Preaching.

 
 September 25, 2016
Hospitality: A leap of faith
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

It can feel a bit scary reaching out to strangers, but doing so can make you a better person. We'll hear the top 5 regrets of the dying, what we might do about that, and the connection to hospitality.

 
 September 18, 2016
Values Into Action
Rev. Angela Henderson

With our religious freedom comes a responsibility to match our actions to the values we profess. This Sunday you will learn more about how our justice ministry helps turn our values turn into action.

 
 September 11, 2016
Is UU really a Religion
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

Why is UU so difficult to explain? Can it really be a religion if it has no single creed, no single belief? What do UUs believe in common? Come find out.

 
 September 4, 2016
Water Communion
Randy Partain

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 August 28, 2016
Measured In Love
Rev. Angela Henderson

How do you measure a life? The Broadway Musical, RENT, reminds us how perspective and perception can make a powerful impact on the value of our lives. 

 
 August 21, 2016
Where The Light Gets In
Rev. Angela Henderson

Healing the world requires us to bear witness to the wounds because, as Rumi once noted, “The wound is where the light enters you.” 

 
 August 14, 2016
Strong Is What We Make Each Other
Randy Partain

If you have a drum, bring it this Sunday!

 

 
 August 7, 2016
To Live With Compassion
Rev. Angela Henderson

Drawing on the work of Karen Armstrong, Rev. Angela will share how compassion is hard and challenges us to renew our commitments to ourselves and one another in each and every moment.

 
 July 31, 2016
Life As Sacred Text
Rev. Angela Henderson

As Unitarian Universalists, we find wisdom in many texts and many places. As persons on a spiritual journey, perhaps our most sacred text of all can be found in ourselves and one another.

 
 July 24, 2016
Brother Where Art Thou
Rev. Bob Tucker

The power of culture is found in the invisible and to a considerable degree unconscious forces that guide and constrain our behavior. One such force is our culture’s destruction of men. 

 
 July 17, 2016
Fling Off Your Bushel: Let Reproductive Justice Light Shine!
Rev. Chuck Freeman

Vital rays of light leading to the Roe vs Wade decision were sparked at 1st UU Dallas.  In the late 60’s the Women’s Alliance of the church began to study the abortion issue, eventually signing the amicus brief of the landmark case for women’s autonomy that beamed a nationwide beacon of light!

Texas now has among the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation. We UU’s have rested on our laurels in a dormant slumber for too long.  We have overslept the alarm.  It’s time to wake up, stand up and let our lights shine for the sacred trust between a Woman, her Creator, and her Doctor!

 
 July 10, 2016
Encouragement
Patti Henry

 

When a waitress would ask my dad what he would like, he would often answer, "Just a kind word."  And isn't that something we all could use?  Come hear our speaker, author and psychotherapist Patti Henry, speak about our need to give -- and receive -- encouragement.  This is one you won't want to miss!

 
 July 3, 2016
Pillars
Rev. Angela Henderson

Our lives together are held up by people, actions, and ideas that have gone before us. People of many paths look to pillars for direction, a foundation and as monuments to the sacred.

 
 June 26, 2016
Saying Grace, Being Gratitude
Susan Yarbrough

One of the appealing rubrics of Unitarian Universalism is “living into our values.”  Although gratitude is not explicitly mentioned in our principles, it is surely a value that many of us cherish but don’t practice regularly.  This Sunday, let’s think together about how we can do more than simply be sporadically grateful to, for, or about something or someone, and how we can practice gratitude so consistently that we not only live into it but actually become it

 
 June 19, 2016
Tibetan Buddhism & the Purpose of Life
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

Wisdom from the Dalai Lama, particularly around acceptance & resistance. 

 
 June 12, 2016
Seeking Sophia
Rev. Angela Henderson

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Grappling with big ideas has enlivened the hearts and minds of people from ancient times to today. The concept of wisdom/sophia was imagined as a woman in some religious traditions, so that people might better understand her. This Sunday we will join our ancestors in seeking Sophia. Presented by Randy Partain.

 
 June 5, 2016
You Can't Steal the Moon
Randy Partain

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You can’t give the moon away, either. We appreciate the moon’s light on a dark night, just as we appreciate words of wisdom when we stumble in our lives. But the moon has no light of its own; the light we see is merely a reflection. What if we are the sun? Randy Partain preaching.

 
 May 29, 2016
All Strings which are Touched in Love
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

Amid the complications of daily life and our efforts to make the world a better place, a deep spirituality calls us to pause to recognize gifts of beauty and miracles of nature for which we can take no credit. May we nurture our sense of the sacred by being open to grace. Sermon by Rev. Bonnie Vegiard.

 
 May 22, 2016
Is There Room For Grace?
Rev. Angela Henderson


Grace is often understood as the only hope for an utterly sinful humanity. In our liberal religious tradition that shares the principle of "inherent worth and dignity," Rev. Angela Henderson asks us if there is room for the experience of grace in Unitarian Universalism.

 
 May 15, 2016
Milestones/Annual Meeting
Randy Partain

TBD

 
 May 8, 2016
Flower Communion
Randy Partain

In honor of Mother’s Day we celebrate our multi-generational Flower Communion and tell the story of its originator, Rev. Norbert Capek. 

Bring a flower per person to decorate the altar. And you’ll take home a different one!

 
 May 1, 2016
A Posture of Renewal
Randy Partain

When we reach out to others to help create wholeness, we extend grace. Sometimes our attitude, or "posture," gets in the way but our intentionality can make grace a more consistent reality. Randy Partain preaching.

 
 April 24, 2016
Engaged in Faith
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

When we understand our religion to be those values and behaviors that keep us engaged in the world, then “faith” becomes something very different from divisive ideas and judgements. Unitarian Universalists tend to be people engaged in the world in unique and inspiring ways We will wrap up our series on “Advance Justice” with some inspirational stories of faith being lived in our lives outside of church. Presented by Randy Partain.

 
 April 17, 2016
Staying Woke, Showing up: Unitarian Universalist and Black Lives Matter
Rev. Taves

 

Rev. Krista Taves will share stories of how our St. Louis, MO congregations sought to support the Black Lives Matter movement, and what we can do now.

 

 
 April 10, 2016
Rain without Thunder and Lighting
Randy Partain

Frederick Douglass wrote that wanting justice, but being afraid of conflict was like wanting rain without thunder and lightning, or wanting crops to grow without disturbing the ground. So much injustice that we see in our world is fueled by harmful religious ideas, yet we want to respect a diversity of faith traditions. How can we confront harmful religious ideas while still respecting the people who hold them? How much thunder and lightning can we tolerate for the nourishing rain of justice? Randy Partain preaching.

 
 April 3, 2016
From Many, One
Rev. Angela Henderson

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the advances in justice brought about by the labor movement. We'll also explore advances on the horizon. Join us for great music and inspiring words from modern day prophets. Randy Partain Presenting.

 
 March 27, 2016
Spring Equinox
Randy Partain
 
 March 20, 2016
The Elephant in the Room
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

Creating Community can come easily when we share certain assumptions about the world; what happens when we base our judgements on very different values? Can our own ability to understand someone else (maybe in our own family) be a step toward understanding and resolving differences around the world? Randy Partain presenting.

 
 March 13, 2016
Speaking the Truth in Love
Randy Partain

If you want to create meaningful, authentic community, your communication has to be direct, honest, and respectful. We even have a Healthy Communication process to help us learn this skill, but that's just a first step! Come learn how your intentional communication can help create meaningful, authentic community. Randy Partain preaching.

 
 March 6, 2016
Discovering Your Tribe
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

You are on a spiritual journey, but you were never meant to go it alone. How can you engage this community to improve your life, touch others, and change the world? Come find out.  Randy Partain presenting.

 
 February 28, 2016
I Hope You Dance
Rev. Angela Henderson

The best way to learn about yourself is to be in a relationship. Very quickly, we begin to witness our shortcomings and strengths reflecting back to us. We can also experience vulnerability. Find out why community is worth the risk. Sermon by the Rev. Angela Henderson.

 
 February 21, 2016
Suuperhero Sunday
Randy Partain

Superhero Sunday is when you are called to consider deepening spiritually through demonstrating and celebrating your generosity.  Randy Partain speaking.

 

 
 February 14, 2016
Promises Not Worth Keeping
Randy Partain

Sometimes we make promises to ourselves when we have been hurt. We decide how we must be or what we must do to be safe, loved, and accepted. Those promises may get us through painful times, but they can also get in the way of being fully alive. Come learn how giving our word more intentionally opens the way for us to live into our principles more fully. Sermon by Randy Partain.

 

 
 February 7, 2016
Soul Friends
Rev. Angela Henderson
 
 January 31, 2016
Standing on the Side of Love Sunday
Randy Partain
 
 January 24, 2016
Life Changing Magic
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

What if you could open your clothes closet in the morning, and every item in there brought you joy? Today, we’ll learn a process to discard clutter from our life– from things (like clothes, books, and papers) to relationships– that no longer serve you. Service by the Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell.

 
 January 17, 2016
Justice and Joy
Rev. Angela Henderson

Have you ever noticed that the funniest comedians are ones that challenge us to think about our world in a different way? Even challenging our assumptions?  Presented by Randy Partain.

 
 January 10, 2016
Your House of Joy
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

The poet Rumi lived in a state of ecstasy and is constantly encouraging his readers to do so as well.  Our moments of joy are most often fleeting. Can we or should we try to hold on to them? What have you put into your house of joy?  Presented by Randy Partain

 
 January 3, 2016
Circle of Life
Randy Partain

As the Wheel of Life turns again, we dedicate our children; name new births; new marriages; honor anniversaries, and recall the departed. Please contact Randy Partain if you would like your children dedicated in the church today, and provide us with names, ages, and which service you attend. Service led by Randy Partain.

 

 
 December 27, 2015
Delighting in Life
Randy Partain

There is so much we allow to fill our time, to invoke our anxiety, to consume our attention. How can we experience joy in the midst of stressful lives? How can we delight in life when life often seems so painful or urgent?

 
 December 24, 2015
Christmas Eve Service - 6:30 PM
Randy Partain

Join us as we celebrate Christmas Eve with readings, carols, and candlelight. All ages come together to hear the Christmas story and celebrate the continuing meaning of Christmas in our lives today.  After the service we will continue the celebration with a potluck supper, a White Elephant gift exchange and Christmas Carol Karaoke!

 
 December 20, 2015
Exultation Sunday
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell, Mark Vogel and Bob Fazakerly

You’ll get pointers to get “exultation” (a lively or triumphant joy) via a Sunday service featuring special music, prepared by the Museum District choir, Mark Vogel (Music Director), Bob Fazakerly (Accompanist), and Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell. We will also receive your special financial year end donation.

Bring your checkbook or a credit or debit card, and prepare to enjoy!
 
 December 13, 2015
First They Came ...
Rev. Angela Henderson

Whether it is a Pride Parade or a Million Man March, so many of our most visible examples of advocating for equal rights are led by those who experience inequality directly. Many of us already identify with marginalized groups. Rev. Angela Henderson will encourage us to expand our vision of ultimate concern.

 
 December 6, 2015
Speaking in Tongues
Randy Partain

Diversity isn’t just about welcoming people into our own way of doing things. The real value of diversity comes with inclusion - ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to be heard. Yet, it’s difficult for us to understand what people are saying when they speak in a language we don’t understand. Randy Partain explores how we can engage our Unitarian Universalist values to create greater understanding and inclusion.

 

 
 November 29, 2015
The Wisdom of Diversity
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

We want people at church to be like us enough to feel safe, but we also want them to be different enough from us to make things interesting. We love the idea of diversity - but what does it mean to be in a community that is intentional about theological and political diversity? Today, you'll learn about the madness of mobs, the smartness of crowds, and how good you are at the "jelly bean test."  Presented by Randy Partain

 
 November 22, 2015
Bread Communion
Randy Partain

Please bring some bread to share, perhaps associated with your heritage or has some other special meaning. We will share our bread (and the stories of our bread) with each others. This multi-generational service is a uniquely Unitarian Universalist service, and a fun one to bring a friend to. 

We will take a special collection for our international UU Partner Churches today.

 

 
 November 15, 2015
When Love Knocks
Rev. Angela Henderson

What would you do if you lost everything? How might it affect the way you see the world? How would you see yourself? One man decided to set sail on a boat and leave his home for good. Our nation was forever changed. When Love knocks, will you put your fingers in your ears or will you answer?

 
 November 8, 2015
Unlabeled
Randy Partain

It’s often seems we know enough about other people to label them. Labels make it easy for us to put people into categories, like Acceptable or Unacceptable. 

But do we really know as much as we think we do about others? How do our Unitarian Universalist principles challenge us to be more intentional about how we see others? 

 
 November 1, 2015
Dia de los Muertos
Randy Partain

 
 October 25, 2015
Unexpected Blessings
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

What does it mean to receive a blessing– or not– from a parent (especially a father)? If a child doesn’t receive a blessing, do they receive a curse then, by default? Why is a blessing so important? Presented by Randy Partain.

 

 
 October 18, 2015
Sowing Good Deeds
Rev. Angela Henderson

As a movement that declares “Deeds Not Creeds,” Unitarian Universalism values the work of social justice in our daily lives and as a community. We’ll explore how sowing good deeds enriches the lives of those around us and deeply affects the arc of our own lives. 

 
 October 11, 2015
Roots and Branches
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

When we connect with others around us, we create a nurturing atmosphere — like soil for a growing tree — for our own spiritual growth. Unitarian Universalism affirms many paths to growth, but committing to personal and social growth is an important part of being in community.  Presented by Randy Partain.

 
 October 4, 2015
Nourish Spirituality
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

Come learn a five step process to advance your spiritual journey. You’ll be able to easily remember these steps, and begin to take action today, to more fully become the person you say you are and want to be.  Presented by Randy Partain

 
 September 27, 2015
Practicing Mindfulness
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard
Einstein once said that our human perception of ourselves as separate from others and the universe is a kind of “optical delusion of the consciousness.” Modern science is underlining ideas that Buddhist teachers have been practicing for centuries. We will explore the practice of mindfulness as a path to becoming our best selves. 
 
 September 20, 2015
Days of Awe
Randy Partain

By now we have passed Rosh Hashanah which was on September 29, 2015. and are on our way to Yom Kippur, which is on October 8, 2015.  What lessons are the for Unitarian Universalists?

 
 September 13, 2015
Who Needs Church?
Rev. Angela Henderon

Is church an outdated idea that has no relevance for our world today?  Numbers of "nones," unaffiliated with a congregations and "dones," people who say that are done with religion, seems to be growing.  Rev. Angela Henderson will argue that the religion that matters for our time has been long int he making and is in our midst.  

 
 September 6, 2015
Water Communion
Randy Partain

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 August 30, 2015
Earth as Source Forever Turning
Leonora Montgomery

Is the earth as we know it a metaphor for stability, for ultimate reliability?  Or is earth today a metaphor for what is missing?

The Rev. Leonora Montgomery is Minister Emerita of the Bay Area UU Church and has served three Unitarian Universalist churches in the Houston area:  Emerson, Bay Area and Thoreau.   She also served as New Congregation Organizer for the English speaking Netherlands UU Fellowship. 

She received a B.A. degree from Wellesley College in 1944, a doctorate in  Religious Studies from Rice Univ. in 1985 and was ordained by Emerson Church in 1987.

She has served on the Southwest UU District Board, the Board of Meadville Lombard Theological School, the UUA Presidents Council, and the Wellesley College Unitarian Universalist Chaplaincy Advisory Board.

 
 August 23, 2015
This Is Our Earth
Randy Partain

Earth signifies realization, bringing our vision into reality, fruition, culmination, committing to long-term actions that will create true transformation. Earth is our planet... our planet. But what does it mean to have ownership of a planet? 

 
 August 16, 2015
A Noble Harvest for Organized Justice in Texas
Rev. Chuck Freeman

 In the late 1880’s the lives of Rev. James Billings and his wife Mary were fully immersed in promoting Universalism in Texas. They founded the Universalist Convention in Texas and All Souls Church in Hico. 

They lamented that people took “much more pains to support their partial, cruel, and sorrow producing faith, while we do much less to support this most blessed faith.” They warned that “organized error will outdistance unorganized truth every time.” However, they firmly believed that “we have a grand future before us for a noble harvest in Texas.” 

The Texas UU Justice Ministry is here to fulfill this promise!  

Rev. Chuck Freeman has been in the ministry since 1977 serving Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist congregations. He is the founding minister of the Free Souls Church in Round Rock, Texas. Church is a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry and its Executive Director. 

 
 August 9, 2015
Entering "Cadillac Desert": The Miracle and Tragedy of Water
Andy Gerhart

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 August 2, 2015
You Are Made Of Stars: And Other Songs And Stories
Rev. Meg Barnhouse

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 July 26, 2015
America: A Godless Constitution That Protects Religion
Rev. Bob Tucker

With the majority of Americans now believing that America is a Christian nation, the official record needs to be set straight.

 
 July 19, 2015
The Power of Declarations
Ken Shuman

Is there any power in our words? Do words shaped as declarations have any power to change our future? Is it even possible for people to change?

“In my own life I’ve experienced significant change. In areas of life that I was once resigned and cynical I now have not only hope but transformation.  I am living into the life that I choose for myself rather than into a default future shaped by my past. I hope you will join us this Sunday as I share a piece of my story and the power of declarations.”  - Ken Shuman


 
 July 12, 2015
Fire of Commitment
Susan Yarbrough

As many Unitarian Universalist churches and fellowships extinguish the chalice at the end of our worship, we talk about carrying the fire of commitment with us. But keeping our individual and collective flames alive is not always easy. 

This Sunday, let’s think together about how we can avoid personal and congregational burnout, stir the embers, encourage each other to spiritual growth, and warm ourselves to the continued work of repairing the world. 

Susan Yarbrough is a member of this First Unitarian - Museum District Campus.  She now lives in Austin and has recently completed her first year of study at Leadville Lombard seminary in Chicago.

 
 July 5, 2015
The Blues Brothers
Patti Henry

"We're on a mission from God."  Are we?  What if that's true?  What is your spiritual mission on this planet?  

Come hear psychotherapist and author Patti Henry talk about HER mission to help you find YOUR mission!

 
 June 28, 2015
When Wishing Is Not Enough
Rev. Angela Henderson

During this Father's Day service, we remember commitments to action that lift and change lives for the better. What about us? What about right now? How can we Commit2Respond?

 
 June 21, 2015
Recovering Vitality And Connection
Rev. Angela Henderson

Does it feel like sometimes you are a swan living among ducks? 

We’ll examine some Native American Wild Woman archetypes and stories to share how you can nurture authenticity and life in difficult circumstances.

 
 June 14, 2015
Dancing to a Living Drum
Randy Partain

What can we learn from Paganism about personal empowerment and responsibility, and about developing a meaningful connection to nature? Come find out!

 
 June 7, 2015
Nature's Deranged Scheme
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

Modern day spirituality often draws much inspiration from nature - the cycles of the seasons, regeneration, and balance; but a full view of nature offers as many lessons in decay, excess, and struggle. Nature writer Annie Dillard confronts this full view of nature head-on in her Pulitzer-prize winning book A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. How can this expanded view of nature inform our spiritual lives?

 
 May 31, 2015
Integrity and Appearance
Randy Partain

We know that our appearance doesn't define us.  Yet, some people are intentional about their appearance because of how they want to be defined. The Sikh and Jain communities make thoughtful decisions about their appearance based on their religious principles. What can we learn from them?

 
 May 24, 2015
A Sultan and a Queen: Making Way for a Unitarian King.
Rev. Angela Henderson

As Unitarian Universalists, we often drink deeply from the wisdom offered by Sufi poets like Hafiz and Rumi. Sufi's are a mystical dimension of Islam. Less is known about our historic connection with Islam between a Sultan named Suleiman and a Transylvanian Queen named Isabella.

 

 
 May 17, 2015
Milestones Sunday & Annual Meeting
Randy Partain

 

We will celebrate the year’s milestones. This is everything from the milestones of childhood (no more diapers, learning to read, coming of age, driver’s license, high school graduation– to new jobs, retirement, and new grandchildren. We will appreciate our teachers, honor membership– both new & venerable, and say a litany for our lay leaders. Our annual meeting begins at 11:30, where we’ll vote in new lay leaders and governance changes.

 
 May 10, 2015
Flower Communion
Randy Partain

In honor of Mother’s Day we celebrate our multi-generational Flower Communion and tell the story of its originator, Rev. Norbert Capek.  Bring a flower per person to decorate the altar. And you’ll take home a different one!

 
 May 3, 2015
Three Jewels of Taoism
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

We will look at the three jewels of Taoism: humility, moderation and compassion in a UU context and see that "peace is who you are without a story."

 
 April 26, 2015
A UU View of Buddhism
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

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 April 19, 2015
An Opening of the Heart
Rev. Angela Henderson

All of us have been hurt at some point in our lives. When we experience pain like that, it is understandable to want to close the windows, pull down the blinds, turn around the "closed" sign, and close up shop for a while. What practices can help us move out from the pain and get back into the business of life once again? We'll learn that and more this Sunday. 

 
 April 12, 2015
The Power of Forgiveness
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

How, when and who do we forgive? Are some things simply unforgivable? How do we treat wounds not healed by time?

 
 April 5, 2015
Easter Sunday
Randy Partain

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 March 29, 2015
Drinking Poison
Randy Partain

It's been said that holding onto resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. We know how important it is for us to forgive, and yet we often find it so hard to do. Why do we keep drinking the poison and what is the antidote?

 
 March 22, 2015
Same You, Different Story
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

We tell stories all the time– even if most of them are in our heads. And companies that want to sell us stuff tell stories too. The stories we tell affect our attitudes, our happiness, even our health. We’ll see how editing our own long held stories can increase our well-being and even help with social problems.

 
 March 15, 2015
Stories that Transform
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

The stories that we tell ourselves, about our personal histories, our American culture, and our world, have a profound effect on how we live our lives in a meaningful way. We sometimes think our stories are the "truth" rather than see them as a lens through which we seek to find more and more truth. Our service is about myth and history, and ever-changing perspectives on truth.

 
 March 8, 2015
Cooking Our Anger
Randy Partain

Anger is a destructive force in our world and in our lives. How might you transform your anger into a useful tool? Is this even possible?

 
 March 1, 2015
When The Center Moves
Rev. Angela Henderson

 

Our service celebrates nature's lessons in transformation and how the effects ripple into our own lives. We’ll explore approaching transformation with intention. 

 
 February 22, 2015
Super Hero Sunday
Randy Partain

If you could pick a super hero power– what would it be? 

We can all be heroes – and there are many ways to do that – even without super powers. Today we celebrate what you and the rest of the church have already accomplished so far, and what we look forward to in the months ahead.

 
 February 15, 2015
Mary Livermore- Universalist Prophet
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

Mary Livermore- Universalist Prophet

 
 February 8, 2015
Masks, Blindfolds & Multiculturalism
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

How do we stand against hate? We'll take a look at our UU Principles, anti-racism, multiculturalism, and how we can work alone, together, and with others to earn a "world made fair, and all her people one."

 
 February 1, 2015
Standing on the Side of Love Sunday
Randy Partain

 
 January 25, 2015
This May Be the Last Time.
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

Each of us has so many struggles to live out-how to get an education, find a job, nurture a relationship, figure out how to parent…what can our small effort do to enhance the prophetic struggle for justice in our world? Come hear how an ordinary woman made an ordinary decision to take an extraordinary stand.

 
 January 18, 2015
The Legacy of Prophetic People
Rev. Angela Henderson

We begin our series on Words & Deeds. As Unitarian Universalists, we accept a certain responsibility to act and use our voices in the service of justice, compassion, and love. We will hear stories of courage and explore what that means for our own spiritual journeys.

 
 January 11, 2015
Telling Stories and Making Meaning
Randy Partain
Jewish rabbis often told parables, or stories that teach a lesson. The Christian gospels suggest that Jesus followed this story-telling tradition. Can contemporary UUs still find meaning in these old tales, or do we need stories of our own?
 
 January 4, 2015
Circle of Life
Randy Partain

As the Wheel of Life turns, we dedicate our children; name new births; new marriages; honor anniversaries, and recall the departed. Please contact Randy if you would like your children dedicated in the church today.

 
 December 28, 2014
UU Christianity
Rev. Angela Henderson

We often look to our history to discover what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist Christian. Rev. Angela Henderson will explore what it might mean for us in our richly diverse theological tradition of today. 

 
 December 24, 2014
Christmas Eve 6:30 p.m.
Randy Partain

Join Randy and tapestry Band as we celebrate Christmas Eve with readings, carols, and candlelight. All ages come together to hear the Christmas story and celebrate the continuing meaning of Christmas in our lives today. 

 
 December 21, 2014
Music Sunday
Dr. Jason Oby, Bob Fazakerly, the Museum Campus Choir, and Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell
As we move further in to exploring our theme, Dr. Jason Oby, Bob Fazakerly, the choir, and Rev. Daniel O’Connell have prepared a music service that chronicles the birth narrative of Jesus of Nazareth.
 
 December 14, 2014
A UU View of Sabbath
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

We begin our series on the fourth source of Unitarian Universalism: “Jewish & Christian Teachings.” Maya Angelou writes:

Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.
 
 December 7, 2014
Humanism and Morality
Randy Partain

The question is still often asked of Humanists: "If you don't believe in God, how can you be moral?" 

Let's explore how a Humanist mindset actually helps us develop a clear sense of morality.

 
 November 30, 2014
Idolatries of the Mind and Spirit
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard
One of the strengths of our Humanist source is its warning against becoming too rigid, too convinced of our own brand of truth. We are empowered to pursue truth wherever it may lead.  How do we also remember to hold that truth lightly enough to allow for continued growth?
 
 November 23, 2014
Bread Communion
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Please bring some bread to share, perhaps associated with your heritage or has some other special meaning. We will share our bread (and the stories of our bread) with each other. This multi-generational service is a uniquely Unitarian Universalist service, and a fun one to bring a friend to. 

We will take a special collection for our international UU Partner Churches today.

 
 November 16, 2014
Religious Humanism
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

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 November 9, 2014
Facing the Dawn
Rev. Angela Henderson

Humanity often speaks of a longing to experience mystery and wonder through poetry, prose, and many arts. You are invited on this journey of discovery and meaning.

 
 November 2, 2014
Be Astonished
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

Your Own Direct Experience. Many religions start with a creed, a sacred text, or a singular prophet. The Unitarian Universalist religion starts with your own direct religious experience.

 
 October 26, 2014
Dia de los Muertos
Randy Partain

First Annual Day of the Dead service, a multi-generational service to be celebrated simultaneously at all 3 of our campuses.  Bring a photo or memento of a departed loved one to church for our memory table.

 
 October 19, 2014
To Touch Inward Springs
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

The Transcendentalists insisted a spiritual life cannot come down through tradition; spirituality can only come from an individual and that individual’s experience. We begin today to consider the first source of our Unitarian Universalist faith-- direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder.

 
 October 12, 2014
Becoming Complaint Free
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

 
 October 5, 2014
Abundance:Where Does It Come From?
Rev. Angela Henderson

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 September 28, 2014
Showing Up for Life
Randy Partain

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 September 21, 2014
Disocvering Abundance
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

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 September 14, 2014
Five Smooth Stones
Rev. Daniel O’Connell
How do you balance your need for individualism versus your need for community?

The foremost Unitarian theologian of the 20th century James Luther Adams, examines the tension between an individual and a community– the promise and the perils– 

Rev. Daniel O’Connell preaching.

 
 September 7, 2014
What is Our Good News?
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

In Christian terms, the word gospel is used to indicate the “good news” that God has saved us from fear, illness, and death through eternal life. Unitarian Universalist tradition has developed a different idea of what we need to be saved from, and what will ultimately save us. Title and theme requested by member Betty Johnson, who was the top bidder for a sermon naming at Thoreau’s services auction last year.

Rev. Bonnie Vegiard preaching.

 
 August 31, 2014
Water Communion and Ingathering Service
Randy Partain
We invite you to one of our favorite community-sharing experiences. Bring a little water with you that is symbolic of your spiritual journey over the summer (we’ll also have water available if you forget). The mingling of the water into a common bowl symbolizes the mingling of our lives in the year to come, as we create together our own holy water for our journey.
 
 August 24, 2014
Truth: Science, Faith, and Non-negotiables
Rev. Angela Henderson
Do you believe humanity is born with basic goodness or original sin? If either were proven or disproven by science, would your faith go deeper or fall apart? We'll explore together different beliefs and how they meet with Truth and science. 

 

Rev. Angela Henderson preaching.

 
 August 17, 2014
A Shrewd Awakening
Rev. Chuck Freeman

After the devastating defeat of Barry Goldwater in 1964 conservative strategists hatched a plan that led to the convergence of fundamentalist Christianity and socio-political power in America. The recent highly restrictive abortion bill passed by the Texas legislature is a direct result of this scheme. We have had a rude awakening. Now it’s time for a shrewd awakening!  The Texas UU Justice Ministry is here to answer the alarm. 

Rev. Chuck Freeman, Executive Director, UUJM, preaching.

 
 August 10, 2014
Grief and Hope for Sacred Earth
Rev. Kathleen Ellis
Eco-spirituality is a way to describe our deep human kinship with all life on the planet. We depend on elements of sunlight, fertile soil, fuel sources, potable water, and clean air. Grief for the planet is a measure of our desire to do something to ensure its survival and healing. Let hope for this sacred Earth keep us moving forward. 

 

Rev. Kathleen Ellis preaching.

 
 August 3, 2014
Neurotheology: The God In Our Brains.
Nell Newton

Advances in the neurosciences are giving us the opportunity to look at brain activities in real time! When we combine this with evolutionary biology we can start to examine human activities, including religion, in terms of evolutionary advantage. As we look closer, it now appears that the pursuit of spiritual experience is hard wired into our brains. What does such a discovery mean for modern people who inherit the gods of our ancestors even as we create new ones? How might we use this insight into our nature as we move forward? 

Nell Newton speaking. Nell is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and a first year student at Meadville Lombard Theological School.

 
 July 27, 2014
Spiritual Ecology
Rev. Kathleen Ellis

In ancient times the gods we worshiped were gods of nature. Stars, seasons, weather, and life forms were interwoven and interdependent. Today’s gods are more often scientific and technological than divine. Spiritual Ecology brings us back into relationship with creation so that we might care for the earth in sustainable ways. As Dr. Seuss suggest in The Lorax, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 

Rev. Kathleen Ellis preaching. 


 
 July 20, 2014
The Call of Nature
Susan Yarbrough

Not THAT kind of call!! When we gather on Sunday, let's reflect together about the signs and wonders abundant in nature, and how they often call us to soul-satisfying paid and unpaid work in our efforts to heal the world and practice our Unitarian Universalist principles and values. Susan Yarbrough speaking.

 
 July 13, 2014
Loved into Being
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
It is love that builds a home, a church...a person. Join us for Rev. Joanna's farewell sermon. 
 
 July 6, 2014
The Light of Truth - Science or Religion?
Rev. Dr. Leonora Montgomery

We have found it useful to separate Science and Religion, lest one overwhelm the other in our lives or our public policies. Let us consider how Science serves Religion, how Religion might serve Science, and where we stand today. 

Rev. Dr. Leonora Montgomery preaching. 


 
 June 29, 2014
Climate Justice, the Sabbatical Year, and Local Resilience
Yaira Robinson

As glaciers melt ever faster and carbon pollution continues to rise, scientists’ predictions about global warming become increasingly dire. Climate change is real, it’s human-caused, and it’s not going away. What can we do, in the face of such a huge and complex problem? Today, we’ll wrestle with the complexity of our climate justice challenges. We’ll also explore teachings about the ancient Jewish practice of the Sabbatical, or Shmita, Year. The Shmita vision offers an alternate model of land-human-animal-God relationships—as well as some serious challenges to the way we do… well, pretty much everything.

Yaira Robinson is the Associate Director of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, where she coordinates Texas Interfaith Power & Light, one of 40 state IPL programs that together offer a “religious response to climate change.” Yaira holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and has studied religiously-based environmental and food justice with GreenFaith, Creation Justice Ministries, Hazon, and the Siach network. Once upon a time, she served as Director of Religious Education to First Jefferson and Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Churches. Granddaughter to a Christian minister and daughter to Sufi teachers, she is joyfully and by choice Jewish. She and her two boys, ages 13 and 11, are active members at Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin.

 
 June 22, 2014
“Because Science”
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
While some religions see scientific knowledge as a threat, Unitarian Universalism delights in the ways it expands our understandings of life, spirit, and self. How can the continuous revelation we find through the scientific method enhance your faith journey?

 
 June 15, 2014
The Creative Antidote
Rev. Angela Henderson
An exploration of what a consumerist perspective can do to our spirit and our sense of 
empowerment for change and most importantly, what we can do about it. 

Today we launch our summer worship series: “Sacred Earth: Science, Nature, and Spirituality.”  Rev. Angela Henderson, our new Assistant Minister preaching.

 
 June 8, 2014
Who is the Center of the Universe?
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell (Live)

Life is a long lesson in humility, says James M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan. Some humility is a good thing - it reminds us of our place in the universe. But too much cripples our efforts to reach our potential. Similarly, a little pride - preferably earned - can be useful motivation. Too much pride? It is the deadliest of the Seven Deadly Sins, since it precedes all the others. We'll examine a variety of viewpoints and offer a liberal religious option.

 
 June 1, 2014
To Kneel Down in the Grass
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

Mary Oliver says: “I don’t know exactly what a prayer is, I do know how…to kneel down in the grass.” Unitarian Universalists, like a lot of people, have a complicated relationship with humility. While we may understand the importance of healthy pride, we also may see the need in our world for more reverence for forces that are larger than we are.

 
 May 25, 2014
Healthy Pride
Rev. Kathleen Ellis

According to Benjamin Franklin, “Humility is a virtue so difficult to grasp that if I should ever attain to it, I would be proud of myself.” A little pride, taken too far, can be seen as conceit, arrogance, or hubris. Be proud of accomplishments - your own AND those of people around you.

 
 May 18, 2014
Milestone Sunday and Annual Meeting
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Milestone Sunday and Annual Meeting
 
 May 11, 2014
Flower Communion
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
In honor of Mother’s Day we celebrate our intergenerational Flower Communion and tell the story of  its originator, Rev. Norbert Capek.

Bring a flower per person to decorate the altar. And take home a different one!
 
 May 4, 2014
Don’t Turn the Other Cheek!
Rebecca Crystal
 From Biblical times to the recent issue of Psychology Today, advice is plentiful on how to curb, control, communicate and choose to use anger’s power. What would be a culturally appropriate, life affirm-ing Unitarian Universalist response to someone else’s anger — and to our own? Is there another response to the fight or flight we were all taught as our choices?

Sermon delivered LIVE by Rebecca Crystal, Student Minister.
 
 April 27, 2014
The Problem of Anger
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell
Another one of the seven deadly sins seen from a Unitarian Universalist perspective. Is it ever justified? Is it ever a good response? What about anger that motivates us to improve social justice?  Where is the line between self-less and self-ish? 

Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell.
 
 April 20, 2014
Easter
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Sermon by the Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
 
 April 13, 2014
Don't Eat the Marshmallow!
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
We live in a world of immediate gratification -- songs immediately downloaded to our phones, books on our Kindles or Nooks in 3 seconds. Hold on and wait! A spiritual practice of patience has been proven to make you healthier, wealthier, and yes, even wiser. Sometimes the way to a better life is to press "pause."  

 Sermon by the Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford.
 
 April 6, 2014
Shelter from the Storm
Rev. Kathleen Ellis
Home is considered a sanctuary from work/life stress. When a family member is abusive, the rest of the family experiences trauma ... and with help, recovery toward health and wholeness. What's going on? How can we help?

 Sermon by the Rev. Kathleen Ellis, LIVE at Copperfield 

 
 March 30, 2014
Sex—Free and Responsible.
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard
While Unitarian Universalists may have a more accepting stance toward many sexual issues than other spiritual traditions, it is important to remember that “free” goes with “responsible” in our tradition as well. Sexuality can be used to create deep wounds. How does our faith call us toward “free and responsible”?

Sermon by Rev. Bonnie Vegiard
 
 March 23, 2014
"Just Lust."
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell
Like most of the other 7 deadly sins, Lust is an appetite. Orthodox religion says there should be no sexual relations except with monogamous, heterosexual couples. Unitarian Universalism has a different take. We know lust can be destructive, but is lust sometimes justified? Is there such a thing as justified lust?

Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell.
 
 March 16, 2014
LUUst: Standing on the Side of Love!
Rebecca Ann Crystal
While most Faiths make rules about what not to do, Unitarian Universalism has guidelines on how to be in right relationship with all sexual orientations and at all ages.  Come push your edges on the new language of Love.

Sermon by Rebecca Crystal, Student Minister
 
 March 9, 2014
Love Lifted Me
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
When we give, we have the potential for changing another person’s worldview. We also may find that we ourselves have been changed, and changed for the better. Come hear how a group of Disney World fanatics/dressmakers made Rev. Joanna a Universalist.
 
 March 2, 2014
Loving the Beggar
Rebecca Ann Crystal
When confronted by a request, how do we handle it with love while also being  intelligent with our charity? How do we trust the beggar to do the right thing with our money, and does that matter? From a mite to a million, what exactly is a good donation?
 
 February 23, 2014
Our History, Our Future
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
This Sunday we pause to celebrate all we've accomplished in the last year, and all we look forward to in the year to come. Celebration is an important part of the life of a congregation, as it is also in our personal and family lives. This Canvass Sunday we will ask for commitment to our continuing life together, and we will ask for it as a celebration of who we have been as well as our vision for our future.
 
 February 16, 2014
The Scarcity Story
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard
Why is greed a continual issue in our human existence? Perhaps because we so readily come up with our own story of scarcity. And we believe that story so easily. Let’s consider countering that story! 

Rev. Bonnie Vegiard will be presenting this sermon LIVE at Copperfield Campus

 
 February 9, 2014
Greed versus Charity
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell
We begin a new series on an age old problem — one that most of us wrestle with for most of our lives.

Sermon delivered LIVE by the Rev. Daniel O’Connell. 

 
 February 2, 2014
Ordinary Spirituality
Rev. Kathleen Ellis
What feeds your spirit and connects you to the universe? Third in our series. Sermon by Rev. Kathleen Ellis 

 
 January 26, 2014
Sloth
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell
The deadly sin is actually “acedia” or spiritual torpor. We say we can’t change the world, or truly love our neighbor, or live up to the standards we espouse. But virtue (like vice) has a level of depth. It isn’t all or nothing.
 
 January 19, 2014
Taking the Second Step
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Lao-Tzu said, "A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step." The first step is important, but equally important, and in some ways more difficult, is the second step. And the 17th step. And the 56th step. And all those steps that are needed, one right after another, to get us to our goal. We've come to expect immediate gratification - how do we make ordinary diligence a central virtue in our lives?
 
 January 12, 2014
Envy: the Zero Sum Game
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell
We all want to be recognized as exceptional by people around us. Frequently, we are not! Sometimes we think we will never amount to who we thing we ought to be. How to deal with automatic negative thinking.
 
 January 5, 2014
Circle of Life
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
As the Wheel of Life turns again, and midwinter yields to spring, we honor life's milestones that we've passed along the way.

Please contact Rev. Joanna at joanna@firstuu.org if you would like your children dedicated in the church today and provide us with names, ages, and which service you attend (9:30 or 11:30).
 
 December 29, 2013
Envy: the Secret Gift?
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell
Understanding jealousy and envy. Can they ever be good for you? And can a small dose of envy bring out your secret dream? How Kindness can be the antidote to Envy.
 
 December 24, 2013
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Please join us at 6:30 PM for this joyful service featuring well-loved carols, readings, and a special Christmas message for the whole family.
 
 December 22, 2013
The Magis’ Journey Toward Giving
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard
The Magis traveled for weeks in order to give their gifts to a beloved babe. Do we remember that true giving of ourselves may take way more time and effort than we sometimes are willing to give? Often true kindness is counter-intuitive unless we give it priority in our lives.
 
 December 15, 2013
Envy: the Shameful Passion
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell
There are self-help groups for most of the other 7 “deadly sins,” but not for Envy. We begin a series on the ‘deadly sin’ of envy and the ‘heavenly virtue’ of kindness with acknowledgment of occasional personal & class envy and give a nod to the emotional tumult that can arise with extended families at this time of year.
 
 December 8, 2013
Frozen Peas for Dinner
Rebecca Ann Crystal
Ask a group of Unitarian Universalists about their eating habits and you will get recipes, stories of family dinners – and guilt.  With all of the advice from our doctors, the news, magazines, and of course, our parents, what’s a good UU to do?  Is serving Frozen Peas ever a good choice?

Rebecca Crystal is the student minister for First Unitarian. She joins us LIVE this Sunday in the pulpit with Rev. Joanna.
 
 December 1, 2013
What will you give up?
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
We live in a world of “more, more, more,” – more activities to cram into our schedule, more things to buy, more things on the Internet that we feel we must read. It can be tempting to add in “just one more” thing, but there’s always a price. Unitarian Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose” – is this useless advice from a bygone era, or instructions for better living today?
 
 November 24, 2013
Bread Communion
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

 Please bring some bread to share, perhaps associated with your heritage. This is a multi-generational service, so we will be a little more informal. It is a uniquely Unitarian service, and a fun one to bring a friend to. We will take a special collection for our international UU Partner Churches today.

 
 November 17, 2013
Enough is Enough
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

 As we approach the Thanksgiving season, we also enter into a new church theme. Now, we begin a seven month series on the "deadly sins" and "heavenly virtues" of contemporary culture and old religion. As many of us prepare for an American style Thanksgiving, we'll reflect on the tension between Gluttony and Temperance.

 
 November 10, 2013
Live As If the Small Stuff Matters
Rev. Kathleen Ellis

 Not everyone can – or wants to -- radically change their life. Most of us still have bills to pay, family responsibilities, and lives that we enjoy. How do we find the small commitments that will transform our lives and the world around us?

Rev. Kathleen will be presenting this sermon LIVE AND IN PERSON.  Don't miss out!

 
 November 3, 2013
Live As If You Can Change the World
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

 Our Transcendentalist forebears were dissatisfied with the religion they grew up with. They searched for new ways to experience the spiritual, and to practice religion. They even spawned an American literary revolution. Which of their gleanings still shine through today?

 
 October 27, 2013
Live As If You’re on a Mission from God
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

 Our religion encourages us to search for meaning and to have a fully examined faith. But are our beliefs as important as what empowers and strengthens us to fulfill our potential? Perhaps there is a value in assuming a greater purpose – and living into believing it.

 
 October 20, 2013
Live As If …
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

 We begin our next series on the theme of “Generativity vs. Stagnation.” What would it look like, if you were able to stop trying to be who you think you’re “supposed” to be and began fully living out who you are

 
 October 13, 2013
Sacred Space
Rev. Kathleen Ellis

 From the broken, God-shaped hole in our hearts, many of us find ourselves strangely open to the sacred. Many of us long to fill the heart-brokenness with a Sacred Space.

 
 October 6, 2013
Never Enough
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

 A few weeks back, we looked at the idea that UUs are good for nothing, and that we are not good in general. Today, we want to add UUs are shameless, too.  It’s no shame to be human. We do not believe in original sin. But despite that, we have all grown up with some degree of other people telling or showing us that we are not good enough. We’ll explore a liberal religious journey of liberation.

 
 September 29, 2013
These Strange And Foolish Walls
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

 

 
 September 22, 2013
When I Fall In Love, It Will Be Forever
Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

 

 
 September 15, 2013
Unitarian Universalists Are Good For Nothing.
Rev. Daniel O’Connell

 Orthodox faith insists the fear of eternal damnation and the promise of heaven are the only motivations to turn inveterate sinners into good people. This doesn’t work on UUs. This is a good Sunday to bring a newcomer to get a sense of who we are and what we’re all about.

 
 September 8, 2013
A UU Leap to Faith?
Rev. Daniel O’Connell

 Dogmatic religion tends to conspire against independent thinking. By its very nature, it’s more interested in certainty, not freedom. But, by grounding ourselves in freedom, reason, and pluralism, we gain new insights not only for ourselves but to share with other people. Another good Sunday to bring a newcomer to get a sense of who we are and what we’re all about.

 
 September 1, 2013
Water Communion
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

 From our far-flung travels, to “stay-cations”, to just regular life, we come together. For this annual ritual of Homecoming, please bring water from your journey.

 
 August 25, 2013
America's Second Kitchen
Rev. Kathleen Ellis

Let’s focus on restaurant workers who cook and serve our food. Even with tips, a minimum wage of $2.13 that has
not risen in a decade leaves millions in poverty. Some unscrupulous employers cheat workers out of the tip pool,
too. Who are the people behind the scenes of our happy practice of dining out?

 
 August 18, 2013
Give me your tired, your poor, your . . . harmed.
Susan Yarbrough

 Welcoming and deeply listening to those who come to us after being tortured and persecuted in other countries, this sermon is based on the in-court experiences of retired judge Susan Yarbrough and her new book Bench-Pressed, about the blessings and lessons of hearing immigration asylum cases.

 
 August 11, 2013
A Conspiracy for Justice
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

 Where is the religion, the spiritual, in the movement for justice? In 1945, a group of young Universalist ministers, calling themselves “The Humiliati,” began meeting. Driven by the idea that growth and renewal of the spirit must precede social action, this small group of visionaries changed Universalism and its influence is still felt in Unitarian Universalism today.

 
 August 4, 2013
Independence for Everyone
Rev. Kathleen Ellis

 Many of our ancestors came here undocumented; today they would be denied entry. Who do we have yet to serve? Why don't "they" just come here legally?

 
 July 28, 2013
A Day with Oprah -- Well, Sort of...
Patti Henry

 Our speaker, author and psychotherapist Patti Henry, will share a delightful sermon with us about what it's like to be invited to be in Oprah's AUDIENCE.  A surprising call from Harpo Studio's audience coordinator (yes, there is such a job) sent Patti up to Chicago on a wild adventure.  This sermon addresses what to do when life throws you a curve that doesn't seem fair.  Come join us for a fun and thought-provoking time!

 
 July 21, 2013
Justice from Jail
Rev. Bob Tucker

This 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's letter from the Birmingham jail recalls King's passionate stance for justice and necessities of his movement.

 
 July 14, 2013
Unique Power of Men
Rev. Leonora Montgomery

 Women seek equality with men in the workplace. Women with partners are asking for equality in the care of children and domestic tasks unless they can afford to hire this help. These changes call for new corporate models and a redistribution of domestic tasks. Men are puzzled, sometimes angry, and some are brought to a halt, unsure how they can best help. What is fair? It’s time to expand the conversation.

 
 July 7, 2013
Justice: How Do We Do It?
Jim Klein

 Micah 6:8 (and surrounding verses) 

We are overwhelmed by the news and are witness to so many injustices. How do we, as individuals and communities, transform Houston and the world by “doing” justice?

 
 June 30, 2013
What Strengthens Us
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

 To run a marathon, or compete in a pentathlon, it’s necessary to train, eat well, sleep, and become stronger. To live our lives as a people embodying our deepest beliefs requires strengthening, too. What strengthens our souls?

 
 June 23, 2013
Authentic Power
Rev. Kathleen Ellis

Edward Everett Hale wrote: "I am only one. But still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.  And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."

But what is "the something" that I can do?

 
 June 16, 2013
To Be a Dad
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

What does it mean, to be a modern dad ... or indeed, to be a man?  Today's father may often find himself standing on shifting sands of expectation. Please join us for this special Fathers' Day service

 
 June 9, 2013
What I Learned About Us in My Time as Religious Educator
Natalie Brown

Along with our personal efforts at change, we are transformed by what we encounter. Community and transcendent experiences are two powerful environmental transformers for those who seek out church. Their quality and vitality depend on all of us.

 
 June 2, 2013
Transforming Habits
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

 Habits are good– they make routine things semi-automatic so we can be more productive. Habits are bad– they thwart our stated intentions about who we want to be or what we want to do. The “stickiness” of habits make them hard to change. How can we more closely walk our talk? 

 
 May 26, 2013
Life Story
Rev. Kathleen Ellis

 Whether or not we set out to transform ourselves, the story of our lives changes over time and we end up transformed. If that is so, perhaps we can choose transformation, one change at a time.

 
 May 19, 2013
Annual Meeting
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

 

 
 May 12, 2013
Flower Communion
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

 

 
 May 5, 2013
Change or Die
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

 This is the first service in our series on Transformation.

Imagine that your doctor calls you up one day and tells you, “I’ve got good news and bad news. Bad news is that you’re going to die within a month. Good news is that if you significantly change your lifestyle right now and for the next month and beyond, you’ll live a long and happy life.”  Could you make the change?

 
 April 28, 2013
Rational People, Irrational Choices
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

 Last in our series on Suffering and Hope.  We are rational people who make irrational choices.  Whether it is on spending, saving, procrastinating or taking leaps of faith, we rational people let our emotions sway all kinds of decisions.

 
 April 21, 2013
A Broken Hallelujah
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

 We search for meaning, even along the most painful, messy parts of our journey.  Strands of suffering and hope are woven together to create the tapestry that is our life. Experience Hallelujah in word and song with Rev. Joanna and musician Jen Rathbun.

 
 April 14, 2013
A Good Death
Rev. Kathleen Ellis

 We don’t always get to choose the circumstances of our dying. Most of the time we don’t even think about death until it comes. When loved ones die, how can grief turn again toward hope? How does life’s suffering and hope inform eventual death?

 
 April 7, 2013
Learning to Fail
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

 Since we likely fail more often than we succeed - at least if we are taking appropriate risks - it is important to learn to do this well. In the first of our series on Suffering and Hope we look at the fear of failure and lessons learned.

 
 March 31, 2013
Easter
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

 

 
 March 24, 2013
Family of Origin, Family of Choice
RE. Bonnie Vegiard

 Many UUs find themselves making choices when forming their own families that are very different from the families they came from. We celebrate the diversity of families and the power of choice and we acknowledge that there are unique challenges in making these choices.

 
 March 17, 2013
Gimme Those Old Fashioned UU Family Values!
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

Integrity. Compassion. Self-reliance. These principles that shaped our theological heritage are the same ones we form as parents and as the village that supports our families in all their varied forms.

Pundits and preachers have tried to paint "family values" as the exclusive domain of the religiously conservative. Come explore the family values that we hold dear.

 
 March 10, 2013
Lessons for Getting Along
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

We can change behavior we dislike by changing our response to that behavior. A look at how exotic animal training can shape our family relationships for the better.

 
 March 3, 2013
Keep the 95%
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

Celebration Sunday is when we are called to consider deepening spiritually through demonstrating and celebrating our generosity. Join us for this fun day!

 
 February 24, 2013
Where Love Comes From
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

Love is wonderful - except when it’s terrible. Much of our music, daydreams and preoccupations revolve around love, approval and appreciation.

If we don't find fulfillment in a relationship, can we bring it?

 
 February 17, 2013
Weaving a New Web
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

As individuals each of us comes into a church with as many questions as answers, including "Do I belong? Can I find a safe harbor in which to explore my own life struggles? How can I, and my family, make a meaningful difference through our involvement here?"

Bring your whole, unique self into our church, but expect your beliefs and assumptions to be challenged. In what ways are we better together?

 

 
 February 10, 2013
What Happened to Codependence?
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

 In the 90s, the answer to every psychological issues was "codependence." How do we deal with the complex reality that both individuality and community are central to our well-being?

 
 February 3, 2013
Evil: Racism
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell
We’ll look at racism, antiracism, what’s next and how to respond.
 
 January 27, 2013
Evil
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

 Religious liberals generally don’t talk about this much. But sometimes we have to. Most of all, it’s important to acknowledge our own propensity to evil.

 
 January 20, 2013
The Problem of Evil
Rev. Joanna Crawford

The first of three services on a liberal religious concept of Evil and how we might respond.

 
 January 13, 2013
God: A Pilgrimage
Rev. Leonora Montgomery

A journey from belief to disbelief to something else.

 
 January 6, 2013
The Circle of Life Service
Rev. Joanna Crawford

As the Wheel of Life turns again and midwinter must eventually yield to spring, we dedicate our children; name new births; new marriages; we honor anniversaries and recall the departed.

Please contact the Rev. Joanna Crawford at minister@nwcuuc.org if you would like your child(ren) dedicated in the church and provide her with names and ages.

 
 December 30, 2012
Science & God
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

What if science and religion don’t conflict? What if they are different windows into Mystery?

 
 December 24, 2012
Christmas Eve
Rev. Joanna Crawford

Share Christmas Eve with us; bring your family and friends. There will be a homily, carols, readings and the glow of candlelight.

 
 December 23, 2012
An Evolving God
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

If humanity has evolved, has a collective imagination of God moved from primitivism to a higher ethical elevation? Another way for UUs to think about the concept of “God.”

 
 December 16, 2012
A UU View of God
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

We’re not a religion that says there is no God; and we’re not a religion that says you must believe in a particular God. What do UUs believe about God?

 
 December 9, 2012
Choose to Bless the World
Rev. Joanna Crawford

Each of us has gifts beyond measure. We live in a culture that promotes the right to hoard those gifts for our own benefit. But what if the secret to blessing ourselves is to bless others, to plant trees from which we will never eat?

 
 December 2, 2012
Bless You!
Rev. Kathleen Ellis

The special needs of my brother and cousin planted early seeds of compassion within me. Grateful for countless unearned blessings of life, I learned from friends and strangers who help heal the wounded among us. Did you know you are a blessing, too? How do you offer your blessings?

 
 November 25, 2012
Blessed Are They
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

While religious community has a history of passing along blessings, the other side of blessing is that the denial of blessing can be a curse. Today we consider the impact of the presence or lack of religious blessings in our lives. How do our spiritual lenses affect the way we find blessings?

 
 November 18, 2012
Bread Communion
Rev. Joanna Crawford

Our communities join together this Sunday before Thanksgiving to celebrate the gifts of bread as a symbol of human diversity and blessing to each other. We invite you to join us and bring a bread that is special to you, perhaps as a symbol of your heritage, or any other special meaning. Bring also the story of the bread, as we will share our bread and our stories. Service led by the ministers.

 
 November 11, 2012
(Un)expected Blessings
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

 What does that mean? What does it mean to receive a blessing– or not– from a parent (especially a father)? If a child doesn’t receive a blessing, do they receive a curse then, by default? Why is a blessing so important? Rev. Daniel O’Connell, preaching.

 
 November 4, 2012
Unity and Diversity in the 21st Century
Rev. Mark Kiyimba, UU Minister form Uganda

 Reverend Kiyimba is founder of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda. He will be speaking on the struggles for gay and lesbian rights in Africa, Uganda in particular.

 
 October 28, 2012
Soul Force
Joanna Crawford

When is it important to move from acceptance to resistance? When we determine the moral requirement to resist, is there a way both both effective and true to our values? We will take lessons from nonviolent protests. Being prepared for this kind of resistance takes regular spiritual preparation and discipline.

 
 October 21, 2012
Make Believe
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

Some things that we resist, we should learn to accept (a family member’s annoying but non-destructive habit). Other things that we accept, we should learn to resist (social injustice). We can learn something from how children "pretend."

 
 October 14, 2012
Dalai Lama and UUs
Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell

Senior Minister Reverend Dr. Daniel O'Connell will be preaching live in 3D at Northwest UU this Sunday.

This sermon is a Fall Fundraiser Service Auction Award Winner. Our senior minister was asked to preach on what wisdom Unitarian Universalists might glean from the Dalai Lama’s work.

 
 October 7, 2012
Mistakes were Made
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

 

How difficult is it for you to admit to making a mistake? How often do you see others openly admit to both error and responsibility? We have developed a culture of self-justification that in the end, makes it difficult to accept both ourselves and others as fallible human beings. What does this mean for our spiritual lives?

 
 September 30, 2012
Vision: Glimmer in the Dark
Rev. Daniel O'Connell

 How do we see past and present darkness?

 
 September 23, 2012
Vision: UU 202
Rev. Daniel O'Connell

 How do we talk to people about our religion who've never heard of us?

 
 September 16, 2012
Vision: My Spiritual Journey
Joanna Crawford

 Where do we find light during the dark night of the soul?

 
 September 9, 2012
How We Do Church Now
Rev. Daniel O'Connell

We are excited to present our first multi-site transition sermon from Reverend Daniel O'Connell, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church of Houston! This Sunday is also the start of our RE program under the local leadership of our first RE Director, Adriana Wilkerson. We invite you to join us!

Connect, Grow, Serve.

We begin my third year in Houston with assembling three churches into one program. We have women and men of integrity and experience who are deciding it would be good to work together to build something greater than anyone can build alone.

After a quarter century of plateau in growth for UUs in Houston, we are aiming for depth rather than breadth. We aim for simplicity rather than complexity. We give up trying to do everything in order to concentrate on doing fewer things very well.

We are fashioning a new way of doing church, building on strengths and moving forward in innovative ways. We are using technology – from lights to screens to video to sound to new software and hardware – in new, collaborative ways that promise to revolutionize how church gets done behind the scenes.

We have a brand new ministry position: campus minister Rev. Bonnie Vegiard at Thoreau and Joanna Crawford at Northwest Community. We are working with two new religious educators.

One of the more exciting prospects is changing the way Sunday service preparation is traditionally done. No longer will staff be in silos geographically and by specialty area. Instead, we have four ministers on three campuses who will be collaborating on the Sunday Service and, those same ministers along with three religious educators, will be collaborating on adult faith formation (Growth Groups). As far as we know, this has never been done the way we’re doing it!

We want to make it as straightforward as possible for new folks to know our
expectations. We want everyone to know (without having to look it up!) what the path is toward a depth-oriented Unitarian Universalism? How can it be explained simply and effectively?

Think about it this way. If you’re at a really good party, you might start out in the foyer, work your way into the living room and finally into the kitchen.

So it is with church: connect, grow, serve. Connect by coming to church. Grow in spiritual depth by joining a Growth Group. And serve by working in one of the seven core ministries of the church.

We’ll have more opportunities for your involvement as we walk through the church year together. It is an exciting time to be a UU in Houston!

– Daniel

 
 September 2, 2012
The World Cathedral
Rev. Ruth Seeliger

 

A “cathedra” is a seat of authority.  Where that seat is housed is a “Cathedral”.  Since there are many religious “cathedras”, and therefore, many Cathedral “houses” for those seats  - and conflicting pronouncements of authority from those many “seats” within the “houses” - how can there be a World Cathedral?  (Hint: It’s not the Vatican!) 

Ruth will explore with us the perspective of a broad and full experience of a Cathedral found in the most surprising places.  Be with us as she takes us on that journey.    

 

 
 August 26, 2012
Ever Changing, Ever the Same
Joanna Crawford

Water is ever changing, as it takes different forms, and yet it never ceases being water. As we change forms, both as individuals and as a congregation, we learn about what are -- to use the phrase coined by Theodore Parker -- the transient and the permanent in our being.

The Water Communion is an annual liturgical ritual at NWCUUC and most UU churches. We invite you to bring water from your travels to combine with the waters brought by other members, symbolizing our return to our church community.

 
 August 19, 2012
Are Extraordinary Relationships Possible?
Dr. Ken Shuman

Why is it that well-meaning, principled, nice people end up in relationships that fall apart?  How can such “good” people get caught up in conflict, and end up bitter towards individuals that they once loved?  It seems that relationships often confound and confuse people, but why? What is it that’s missing in the lives of people when they get bogged down in relationships?  Are extraordinary relationships even possible?  Join us as we discuss these questions and offer several guiding principles that move a person towards extraordinary relationships.

 
 August 12, 2012
Virtual Impressions of Justice General Assembly
Rev. Paul Beedle

General Assembly (GA) is our annual national meeting of Unitarian Universalist congregations held each June. This year's GA was dubbed "Justice GA."

What made it different? Rev. Paul gives a view from home.

 
 August 5, 2012
Ethics
Mohsen Mirza

The financial conditions have improved considerably in the past 50 years yet the level of happiness has remained static during this time.

There is a general agreement that material benefits beyond a certain level do not improve the quality of life. The broader objective of Ethics is to improve well-being of individuals and communities in general. The talk will aim to highlight some of the basic theories of ethics and implications of ethics on some of the current issues.

 
 July 29, 2012
Axioms of Wisdom
Charles Anstead

Wisdom is a learning which tends to take years for some and moments for others. Nevertheless, wisdom is a trait most of us seek as we rationalize the world we live in and pass these lessons along. Chase will reveal insights of wisdom that will open your eyes to new ways of looking at the world that surrounds us.

 
 July 22, 2012
Eight Spheres of Spirituality
Tracy Cook, Adriana Gil-Wilkerson and Susanna Hill

 Multigenerational and Interactive service.

 
 July 15, 2012
Rollin' with the Flow
Don Levit

 

Based on Charlie Rich's tune with the same title, Don Levit will talk about how "I ain't ever growing old, so I keep on rollin' with the flow."

 

 

 

 

We will discover together how Don attempts to maintain his zest for life, at any age!

 

 
 July 8, 2012
Seeds of Social Justice - The Prophet Jesus
Jim Klein

During this session, we will see how another Jewish prophet, son of a carpenter, took the message of previous prophets and distilled them into a short prayer. Although tradition calls it the Lord’s Prayer, many modern theologians have begun calling it the Disciples Prayer. Even though it is in the New Testament, it is not really a Christian prayer, for there were no Christians at the time it was originally spoken, and the traditional author, Jesus, was Jewish. There are no creeds nor doctrine contained in its words, it is a call for living in peaceful community so that everyone has enough, the spirit of Shalom.

 
 July 1, 2012
Seeds of Social Justice - The Prophet Micah
Jim Klein

Although Micah is among the minor prophets of Israel, his message has as much relevance today as it did 2500 years ago. During this two week sermon series, we will explore his message and how it resonates with the great social movements of the last century, including Civil Rights and occupy Wall Street, and how it is the foundation for the ministry of Jesus, another Jewish prophet. In session 1, we will cover the book of Micah itself, where he speaks of the importance of community, the abuse of power in accumulating wealth, and the corruption among political and religious leaders. With a famous message of peace (…beat their swords into plowshares) and a simple statement about how to get along (…do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God), we will set the stage for the words of another prophet born in Bethlehem.

 
 June 24, 2012
Kicking Open the Closet Door: Coming Out, Community, and Culture
Danny Bothwell And Brian Carlson

 The coming out process is one that most people will never experience.

As difficult and trying as it can be, it opens the door to a sense of community and culture.  This intense bond based on shared experience is something we can aspire to share with each other, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  This sermon explores finding the experiences that unite us all using the LGBTQ community as an example.

 
 June 17, 2012
Evolving Fatherhood
Jim Klein

Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day both had their roots in protest and remembrance. Mothers’ day was a reaction to the sons lost in the Civil War; Fathers’ day was a reaction to the loss of fathers in a mining accident in West Virginia. Today’s message will examine the evolving role of fathers, as well as some current social justice issues that affect fatherhood.

 
 June 10, 2012
Beloved Communitas
Joanna Crawford

We are the people of the in-between, individuals traveling between spiritual planes and a community for a world in process. As we travel through our individual transformations of faith, how do we act together in the greater realm of possibility?

 
 June 3, 2012
Dreams
YRUU

Dreams are a gateway into reality; they can have an effect on your life as well. Dreams can let you know good things are to come, or they can even help you decide what you want to do with your life.

Come to the YRUU service on June 3rd as we talk about dreams! Hope to see you there!

 
 May 27, 2012
They Tell Their Story
Allan Perkins

 The sermon will be interspersed with the stories of several veterans, and family members, from the Civil War to the wars in Iraq.  These compelling stories will be tied together to tell the story of respect for those who defend our freedoms in a new and unique way.

 
 May 20, 2012
Religious Education Bridging Ceremony and the Honoring of Graduating Seniors service
Rob Zamora and Cheryl Perry

 

 
 May 13, 2012
Leadership and Followership Rev. Paul Beedle
Rev. Paul R. Beedle

We often speak of leadership without recognizing its complementary discipline, followership, which Rev. Paul will explore in this sermon.

 
 May 6, 2012
Catastrophic Dogma
RE Theater

RE Theater presents:

Catastrophic Dogma 

A classic tale of conflict and an enduring message of hope

Written, produced and performed by the 2011-2012 All-age RE class of Northwest Community UU Church.

 
 April 29, 2012
Change the World, Change Your Life
Joanna Crawford

What kind of person do you want to be, and what can you do to become that person?

We'll explore the roadmap to personal transformation and where you can find shortcuts for the journey ... and along the way, you just might change the world.

 
 April 22, 2012
Open a Door
Patti Henry

Or give a hug.  Or as the amazing choreographer Pina Bausch said, "All I can tell you is you have to get wilder." 

Psychotherapist and author Patti Henry will be joining us to encourage us all to do just that: get a little wilder.  Come join us for a wonderful sermon about reawakening and restoration!

 
 April 15, 2012
Freedom & Unity in Tension
Dr. Ken Shuman

Within every person there are two basic life searches. 

There is a search for individuality – this is a search for freedom to be completely myself. 

At the same time there is a search for unity & community – this is a search for belonging & togetherness. 

But how do we keep our search for freedom from becoming indifferent individualism? How do we keep our search for unity from becoming oppressive conformity? Is it possible to be really free and really together both at the same time? Can we be both uncoerced and unfragmented? Join us as we discuss Freedom & Unity in Tension.

 
 April 8, 2012
Resurrecting the Spiritual New Year
William Cook, Susanna Hill and Rob Zamora

The Resurrection of a spiritual new year: At this time of year we can see the evidence of life budding new again. 

Ancient people viewed the sun's ressurection in Spring after "dying" in Winter as a confirmation that life would renew as the cycle of the earth turned.

The Jesus narrative from Christianity parallels this idea with adherents receiving "new life" from the death and resurrection of Jesus.
 
How can we as UUs find meaning from these two different religions to help us resurrect a spiritual practice that heals us personally and sends us out to do good works and heal the world?

 
 April 1, 2012
You Can't Live On Hope Alone--------But You Can't Live Without It
Rabbi Jack Segal

"You can live 20 days without food;

3 days without water;

but you can't live 5 minutes without hope."

Rabbi Segal discusses the importance of positive thinking, the idea that-------you've got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. Research has indicated that those who go through life with a positive attitude enjoy physical lives far better  than those who live with negative attitudes.

 
 March 25, 2012
Bread and Circuses
Joanna Crawford

We live in a culture of panem et circenses, "bread and circuses." How do we see the reality of the world we live in, and how do serve a mission that calls us to put love into action? Join us as we discuss moving away from an instinct of "just us" to "justice for all."

 
 March 18, 2012
Understanding Homelessness
Tony DiNuzzo

Homelessness has always been with us.  But our time is unique, and the common image of the homeless has changed.  The recent corruption of home mortgage trading that resulted in the default of homeowners has left thousands of ordinary people homeless. 

The most fortunate of these cohabit with relatives and friends.  Others, less fortunate, live in their cars, sleeping at night in the parking lots of Walmart stores. According to Jack Lander, author of ‘Homelessness’" – “less well known is the ousting of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons from their homes due to having 'comeout'.”   Some of these stories need to be told.  This service will provide, from a UU perspective, a poignant look at ‘homelessness’, to look beyond the need for a ‘house’ and the importance of belonging.

 
 March 11, 2012
An Unashamed Workman (not what they used to be)
Allan Perkins

Timothy I and II are letters where Paul, and old man, mentors Timothy, a young man and new church leader.  Timothy II 2:15 was one of my favorite verses, when I was a young man leading a small group overseas. Of all the verses I memorized as a child and teen, it is one of my favorites. This verse has particular lessons for we UUs.

 
 March 4, 2012
Real Men Wear Pink
Adam Robinson

Cy-Fair ISD was rocked not long ago by the tragic suicide of Asher Brown. 

At that same time there was much attention turned toward other tragic deaths by bullying that happened all over the country. 

Join us dressed in your finest pink shirt,dress, hat, or whatever to show your support of the GLBT community.  Let's look at the ways we as a church and individuals can come out, no matter our orientation,  and let everyone know that "It Gets Better".

 
 February 26, 2012
The Grateful Whale
Rev. Paul R. Beedle

 A reflection on good deeds and the interdependent web of life.

 
 February 19, 2012
Who Really Are Our Neighbors?
Brian Ferguson, Minister, San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Unitarian Universalists like good questions, possibly even more than good answers. Most people in North American culture are familiar with Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. What many people forget is the question that prompted Jesus to tell the parable. The question was “And who is my neighbor?”   This question from nearly 2000 years ago is still a good one. This worship service will consider in our seemingly super connected world what the idea of neighbor means to us as individuals and as a Liberal Religious community.

 
 February 12, 2012
Faith in Tension
Dr. Ken Shuman

 “Faith is as much about questions as it is about answers.  It is possible to be a believer and a listener at the same time, to be both fervent & searching, to honor the truth of one’s own convictions and the mystery of the convictions of others.”  Krista Tippett in Speaking of Faith.

 
 February 5, 2012
Why Can't They Just...?
Margaret Anderson

 …be more logical? 

…prevent the problem now instead of waiting to repair its effects? 

…see that there’s a pattern here? 

When people frustrate us, when we can’t fathom their decisions and actions, temperament differences often play a role.  Groups can have temperaments too. Explore the group personalities of different religions, what they say about our roles in society, and how we can communicate better with those who differ from us.

 
 January 29, 2012
The Golden Mortar of Faith
Joanna Crawford

"Faith" means different things to different people. Where do we find

the root of our faith, personally and religiously? In what do we give
our confidence and trust?

Joanna Fontaine Crawford is a longtime member of NWCUUC. She graduated
from Houston Graduate School of Theology with a Master of Divinity
degree in December 2011 and currently serves Northwoods UU Church and
the Church of the Larger Fellowship as Intern Minister.

 
 January 22, 2012
Peace on Earth: Is It Time?
Patti Henry

 

Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., the words of Jesus, surviving cancer treatment, and the Mayan calendar, this sermon will inspire you!  Please join us to hear Patti Henry in her first sermon at NWCUUC since her cancer adventure began last March.  With VERY short hair, she will be sharing some of her thoughts: ever urging us closer to peace on earth.
 
 January 15, 2012
Unity and 99 Other Names for God: A Unitarian Universalist perscpective on Islam
Cynthia Talbot

 

 
 January 8, 2012
The Two-Way Street of Inherent Dignity
Rob Zamora

Using stories plucked from current events and some from personal experience, Robert Zamora gives examples of why our first principle is an important aspect of our faith.

 
 January 1, 2012
Brunch and Burning
Susanna Hill and Beyra Anstead

Service has been pushed back to NOON for this very special occasion....

Come and join us at Noon for Brunch and Burning.  Bring a dish and your New's Years Resolution.  We'll have a nosh and a ritual.  Start the New Year off right with great food and fellowship!!

Coffee, Orange juice and Tomato juice provided.

 
 December 25, 2011
Coffee and Conversation: Moderated by Allen Perkins
Coffee and Conversation

 

 
 December 24, 2011
Christmas Eve Service
Jen Rathbun and Friends

 Coexist with us for the Christmas Eve candlelight service, where music and stories from a variety of religions and ideals will come together. This wonderful service will start at 6:30 pm, December 24th.

 
 December 18, 2011
Moravian Love Feast
Gerry Carr

This annual service celebrates the Christmas season with carols, readings, candles and a traditional Moravian Love Feast.

This ritual is a shared communion of rolls and sweet coffee, served by members of the congregation. It is based upon the Agape feast and the meals of the early churches described in the Bible in the Acts of the Apostles, which were
partaken in unity and love.

A Lovefeast seeks to strengthen the bonds and the spirit of harmony, goodwill, and congeniality, as well as to forgive past disputes and instead love one another.  

Gerry Carr is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Galveston County.
 

 
 December 11, 2011
Five Smooth Stones
Rev. Daniel O'Connell

The foremost Unitarian theologian of the 20th century was James Luther Adams. We’ll examine the tension between an individual and a religious community– the promise and the perils– and why it is so relevant today

 
 December 4, 2011
The Story Within the Story: Light From the East
Rev. Bob Tucker

Why would one of Jesus’ early biographers begin his story with such fanciful images of a star wandering around the heavens and foreigners suddenly appearing out of nowhere bringing gifts for a new born child, narratives that are patently false and easily dismissed? Yet, this story endures, being persistently repeated in picture and pageant at this time of the year, so that for Christian and non-Christian alike the story is imprinted on the mind. What gives this story continuing prominence and power is its placement in the helpful category of ‘not factual, but true.’

 
 November 27, 2011
Bread Communion
Pam Cox and Allan Perkins

Whether you were with your family or not for Thanksgiving, finish out this holiday weekend with us.

Join us in breaking bread during our annual Bread Communion.

 
 November 20, 2011
The Universals in Religion
Dr. Ken Vincent

In addition to the fact that God (aka Ultimate Reality) is really big and God likes change, the five things that I find to be “universals” in world religion are:   1)  Spiritually transformative experiences, 2)  Prayer/Meditation, 3)  The Golden Rule, 4) Faith healing, and 5) Miracle stories.
 
Dr. Ken R. Vincent is a writer and religious experience researcher who is retired from teaching psychology at Houston Community College. Ken has over 150 publications in the areas of psychology and religion.

 
 November 13, 2011
Joshua, General of Israel; an example for all our lives
Allan Perkins

This is our annual Veterans Day service, honoring those who sustain our right to worship as we choose.  However, we are doing things a bit different, and looking at inspiring examples of military members – from Joshua to the modern day—who teach us a better way of life.

There will be surprises you did not expect.

 
 November 6, 2011
Three Keys to Life Mastery
Chase Anstead

Of all the elements by which to master one's life, three keys are critical to life-long success - gratitude, love, and acceptance. When we learn to be grateful, love, and accept all that surrounds us, we begin to master our life. Discover how to use these three keys to unlock the mystery and begin to master your life.

 
 October 30, 2011
Season of Samhain
Susanna Hill and Tracy Cook

We have moved into the season that many world traditions have considered the close of one year and the beginning of the next. It is a time of harvest, not only of the physical fruits of our labor, but of ideas as well. Come and listen to a story about one young woman's experiences, and consider how many of her lessons are just as applicable today as they were at the first telling.

 
 October 23, 2011
Stories and Being Where We Truly Live
Lucia Bettler

Stories are important in our lives, our history, and our connections. This service weaves together tales of Halloween, ancestors, saints, and loved ones, to sum up being where we truly live.

 
 October 16, 2011
A Brief Overview of Zoroastrianism
Sarosh Manekshaw

 This talk will present a brief introduction to Zoroastrianism.  It will talk about the prophet, Zarathushtra, about his theology and doctrines.  Cosmology and Escatology in Zoroastrianism will be discussed.  Some of the impacts of Zoroastrianism on Christianity will also be pointed out.

 
 October 9, 2011
UU Yom Kippur
Laura Emerson

At this time of year, our Jewish friends are celebrating Yom Kippur, a season of forgiveness – both asking for it and offering it. 

Every religion addresses this important psychological milestone, and in interestingly different ways.  Let’s explore these approaches and then choose – and act on -  our own. 

The service will conclude with a ceremony in which you will have the opportunity to privately ask for and grant forgiveness yourself.

 
 October 2, 2011
The Continuous Spiritual Journey of Aging
Tony DiNuzzo

It is well documented that with advancing age, one has a tendency to re-evaluate one’s life, possibly to fulfil the need to explore new meaning or in preparation for the 'final hour.' Does having a strong faith or spiritual belief provide a needed level of comfort during this re-evaluation life stage? This service will explore coming to terms with the process of aging and exploring our life's journey, the role of faith, and the need for spiritual guidance.

 
 September 25, 2011
And Still We Pray
Joanna Crawford

 "We become part of all we pray for, and it a part of us."  The Reverend Forrest Church

We have, as we say, different beliefs about the nature and existence of God, but many of us still have a longing to connect with something outside ourselves. What do we, as rational beings who cringe at the idea of receiving divine favor, do with this longing?  Our Universalist theological forebears give us insight into a Unitarian Universalist "way to pray."

 
 September 18, 2011
Yin/Yang of YHWH (God's feminine side- would you believe it's 100% Bibical?)
Ken Vincent

Spirit and Wisdom are feminine in Hebrew and Aramaic, but when the Bible was translated into Latin, the Holy Spirit got a sex change!  God in the New Testament is referred to as Spirit and Wisdom (feminine) as well as Father and Word (masculine). 
 
Dr. Ken R. Vincent is a writer and religious experience researcher who is retired from teaching psychology at Houston Community College.  Ken has over 150 publications in the areas of psychology and religion.

 
 September 11, 2011
Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Dr. Ken Shuman

A much neglected aspect in our culture is that of peacemaking, of non violent resistance to evil, of the futility and self-destructive nature of hatred and vengeance. 

In a world filled with violence, war & retaliation, how can we be peacemakers?  How can we be peacemakers in our own homes, neighborhoods and workplaces?  How do we muster the courage to stand against injustice?

 
 September 4, 2011
General Assembly 2011 Closing Ceremony
The Reverends Scott Tayler and Kaaren Anderson

Join us for the largest annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists (UUs) joining in worship. This powerful, communal worship experience took place on Sunday morning, June 26, 2011. The offering was donated to Mecklenburg Ministries. Mecklenburg Ministries promotes interfaith relationships, fosters racial and ethnic understanding, and inspires collaboration to address social issues. They envision a community that lives by the highest values and core virtues of its rich faith traditions and respects the dignity of every person.

The Reverends Scott Tayler and Kaaren Anderson preached “Living Outside the Box.” We’ve been encouraged to think outside the box but the greater challenge is to live outside it. Amber Fetner, Music Director, UU Fellowship of Athens, GA, conducted the 2011 GA Choir.

 
 August 28, 2011
Water Communion
Team Lector

This annual UU tradition, the Water Communion, is how our congregation marks the end of summer journeys, both geographic and spiritual, and the beginning of a new season of learning and growth. Bring a small amount of water that represents a special place that you have been to or wish to visit, whether it is from another place or from your kitchen sink, all waters are welcome.

 
 August 21, 2011
Coming Home
Jim Klein

 How do you describe “Home?”

Is it where you grew up? Is it where you are now? Is it a physical place or a spiritual place? What does home look like?

With no guarantee of answering these questions, let’s explore the topic in sermon and forum.

 
 August 14, 2011
The Genius of Our Faith
Rev. Paul R. Beedle

 What is distinctive about liberal religion? Our understanding of spiritual growth. Come hear why.

 
 August 7, 2011
The Music and Sprit of John Lennon
Tony DiNuzzo

 John Lennon made some outrageous, often controversial quotes and comments about religion. Who can forget the outcry of Lennon stating the Beatles were 'more popular than Jesus.' But what was this all about? How was John Lennon’s 'sprirtual message' misinterpreted - or was it? He is a vivid example of an attitude toward faith that has gained power in the decades since his death. Lennon was "spiritual," but not "religious" before that stance became all too common. Through the power of his songs and quotes, this service will explore Lennon's life, defined by symbolic moments and raw feelings of love, peace - a man who was almost too honest about his doubts and his beliefs.

 
 July 31, 2011
Doubting Our Doubts: Moving Toward Theological Freedom
Rev. Bob Tucker

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
A culture of open mindedness and respect
Addressing Mystery, Divinity, the Sacred in many ways 

 
 July 24, 2011
Fact, Truth, and the 4th principle
Tom Parker

Its been said that the Bible is not always factual but it is truthful, an observation that has much broader application than just the Bible. Join us July 24 when Tom Parker leads a talk-back on fact, truth, and the 4th principle.

 
 July 17, 2011
Our Sevenfold Human Constitution
Fali Engineer

If we are made in the image of the Creator, our ultimate destiny should be to comprehend Him at all levels of our being. This comprehension will be through and by the evolution of our own consciousness, for which an intimate knowledge of our human constitution is paramount. The talk will explain the seven principles that make up our constitution in the light of the Ancient Wisdom known as theosophy, and how they are meant to fulfill the purpose of our existence - an increasing unfolding of our divinity in thought, speech and action.

 
 July 10, 2011
Heretic Camp: A Multigenerational Adventure Experience
Tracy Cook and Company

The word heretic has its root in the Greek verb meaning "to choose." A Heretic, then, is a person who maintains the right to choose for themselves what to think and what to believe. Universalists and Unitarians have a proud history of being Heretics and claiming a right to religious freedom -- freedom of thought and freedom of conscience. Not all heretics are Unitarian Universalists, but we have many that we’re proud of! Legend has it that this campsite is full of hidden treasures, guarded by the ghosts of our heretical ancestors. Join us as we explore Heretic Camp and search out these treasures, choosing our steps along the way…

 
 July 3, 2011
Discussion Topic: What True Freedom Means
Coffee and Conversation Moderated by Jim Klein

 On this Independence Day weekend, we gather for coffee and coversation.  Jim Klein will moderate a discussion on what true freedom means to each us.

 
 June 26, 2011
Coming Out of a Closet - Common Ground
Jim Klein/Dana Ashrawi

This service explores how a person can stand on the side of love in support of hidden identities in honor of the national observance of Take Your Gay Teen to Church/Temple/Synagogue Weekend.

 
 June 19, 2011
TBD
Charles Anstead

 

 
 June 12, 2011
A Bee Hive: Grace and Universalism
Rob Zamora

Self described financial guru Dave Ramsey often uses the phrase, "Better than I deserve." when asked how he's doing.

I think I get it and after this Sunday, you can too.

 
 June 5, 2011
The Meaning of Life
YRUU

Please join YRUU, Young Religious Unitarian Universalists, our high school youth group, as they present their unique perspective on "The Meaning of Life".  It's about finding your own meaning rather than yielding to the persistent loud voices.

 
 May 29, 2011
Divine Peace
Allan Perkins

 Please join us as Allan Perkins presents an old fashion Memorial Day Weekend service from yester-year.

 
 May 22, 2011
So You Say You Want a Revolution?
Patti Henry

 

 
 May 15, 2011
Strength in Problems
Krishna Sastry of the Art of Living

 

 
 May 8, 2011
Love, Laughter and Coffeemate with Bad Ethel
Bad Ethel

Sometimes we take life too seriously and we need a not-so-serious break.

Come join Bad Ethel for a morning of uniquely UU music, amusing anecdotes and just plain silliness. Stimulative beverage optional.

 
 May 1, 2011
Roots, The Heart of Life
Lucia Bettler

"Being Grounded"  is something we are often told to be.

But we are not always sure how to accomplish this.

Join Lucia at the flowering time of Beltaine and Maypoles as we explore the ways we can flourish in our lives as well as be rooted in what is essential.

Bring a flower for the altar !

 
 April 24, 2011
Easter Flowers: A Day of Communion and Community
Joanna Crawford

Unitarian Universalists have a rich history in our celebration of Easter, often combining it with the specifically Unitarian tradition of the Flower Communion, which, in the words of Norbert Capek, honors "our common cause, our belonging together as one spiritual community, as brethren."

Please bring flowers to church this Sunday -- from a florist, from your garden, from a store -- as we celebrate the vision "that one spirit, the spirit of love, unites us."

 
 April 17, 2011
LIVING in an Era of Environmental Challenge
Rev. Phil Schulman

 Is it possible to embrace, enjoy and appreciate living in a time of nuclear meltdowns, gulf oil spills, and climate change?  If not denial or martyrdom, then what?  Come fill your tank with faith, joy, courage and grace!

 
 April 10, 2011
Justice Is Aid with Dignity
Tracy Cook

On April 10, 2011, Justice Sunday, we will stand shoulder to shoulder with UU congregations nationwide to put our principles into practice. This year's Justice Sunday culminates our efforts to gain a deeper understanding of how human rights bring the invisible survivors of disasters into the light.
 
Disaster survivors are not treated equally — and that inequality persists unless you apply the lens of justice.

Our worship and social action will spotlight issues affecting people both close to home and around the world. With the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, we will offer meaningful advocacy and action, so together we have a stronger voice and deeper impact toward advancing human rights

 
 April 3, 2011
Our Sacred Connection to Food
Cheryl Perry

We have a spiritual connection to the food we eat.  Globalization and consumerism  have caused our disconnect.  We will explore the ways in which people of the world use food as religious ritual and how we can make wise choices which bring us back to our sacred connection to the earth.

 
 March 27, 2011
Magnificize your Day - Live with Gratitude, Love and Acceptance!
Charles Anstead

The magic to magnificize your day (make your day magnificent) is not happenstance - it's created by our thoughts and actions through gratitude, love and acceptance of the world within us and around us. Magnificize your day and inspire others to do the same!

 
 March 20, 2011
A Theology of Joy
Rev. Phil Schulman

With our historical emphasis on reason and discussion, many of us to place our faith in our own abilty to figure out the good and bad of life.  Emphasis on getting it right often ends up being a block to happiness and fulfillment.  If we are unhappy there is bound to be a reason.  But do we need reasons to be happy? Might the key to joyful living be beyond reason? Come hear of reasonable and outrageous paths to joy.

 
 March 13, 2011
Poetry and Prose Service
Dana Ashrawi

This service fosters connections within our church community as various members share their favorite poetry or prose piece, an original creation or a classic that resonates.

 
 March 6, 2011
UU Principles Re-examined (Your mileage may vary!)
Alok Kalia, MD

 One of the tenets of Unitarian Universalism is that revelation is ongoing, that religions and humans are meant to grow and change. I have now been the member of a UU congregation for twelve years, covenanted to affirm and promote our principles. But do the principles mean the same to me today as they did a dozen years ago, or has the passage of time changed my interpretation of the sentiments they express?

 
 February 27, 2011
Remember, Your Life Belongs to You
Patti Henry

So how ya gonna live it?  In anger, in fear, in pride?  Or in kindness, in joy, in love?  Please join us for a fun, uplifting, thought provoking sermon by psychotherapist and author, Patti Henry, as she encourages us to "claim our lives as our own."

 
 February 20, 2011
“Baby You’re a FIREWORK”
Joanna Crawford

Do you know you’re a FIREWORK? Everything that is in you adds up to something so special that the world is waiting for. Your identity, age, appearance, sexuality, your taste in music, clothes, movies, and books – these are all a part of you and they bring light into the world.

February 20 is Bring Your Gay Teen to Church Day in Houston. Different denominations across Houston will extend a special welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens and their parents. Ministerial candidate and coordinator of this ecumenical event, Joanna Fontaine Crawford, will speak at NWCUUC on this historic day.

 
 February 13, 2011
Love, Sex, God and Power
Rev. Phil Schulman

What do these 4 things have in common?  Regardless if you are married, coupled, barely coupled or flying solo, this could be the gift / challenge of a lifetime!  Come and get it!

 
 February 6, 2011
The Power of Music
Bil Cusack and Tracy Cook

 Most everyone has a life-long relationship with music: Our favorite songs, music that brings back our youth, a melody that can make us cry, music that brings us closer to the Mystery of Life...

This Sunday, several members of the congregation will present music that touches us in different ways, along with personal stories of musical encounters. Join us.

 
 January 30, 2011
The Quickening: a time of possibility...
Lucia Bettler

Candlemas is called by some Imbolc or St. Brigid's Day. This holiday was traditionally observed as an Irish festival heralding the approach of spring on February 1. Lucia Bettler is an enthusiastic participant to interfaith women's transformational practices and is a leader of Brigid's Place, a connective community for meditation and conversation started by women Christ Church Cathedral.

 
 January 23, 2011
Finding Re-Source for Renewal
Rev. Phil Schulman

January is a time that many of us attempt to make a clean start.  As religious liberals we can draw upon many sources for renewal. What is the source of our creativity, and how can we begin creating new experiences, new landscapes for ourselves, our families, communities and our world? 

 
 January 16, 2011
Unitarian Roots and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rev. Phil Schulman

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., found sources of inspiration in the writings of Unitarian minister Rev. Theodore Parker from the days of the struggle against slavery. UUs today find a great source of inspiration in the work and words of Dr. King. What keys to the future do they hold?

 
 
 January 9, 2011
Faith in Action Spiritual Practice: American-Nepali Student & Women's Educational Relief
Earle Canfield

ANSWER, the American-Nepali Student & Women's Educational Relief organization, has been a favorite cause of Houston area UU congregations. Earle Canfield will give an update on the successes of this unique program. ANSWER is dedicated to helping low-caste and impoverished people of Nepal address problems of poverty through education.

 
 January 2, 2011
Housekeeping of the (Church's) Soul
Bil Cusack

The first Sunday of the year we traditionally look at our own beliefs and practices. This year we will look at ourselves through the extension of our church. Let's begin the new year together!

 
 December 26, 2010
Discussion Circle

A discussion will be held on spiritual topics of interest to attendees.

 
 December 24, 2010
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Join us at 7 p.m. for the Christmas Eve service at the Kids Club.

 
 December 19, 2010
The Best Give Ever!
Rev. Phil Schulman

It might sound trite, but we bet this will surprise you. We will reflect on the question, "What's the best gift you could ever receive?" Our reflections won't stay on the surface!

In addition, we will have the swearing in of our new board and a declaration of thanks to those who have served.

 
 December 12, 2010
Chidren's R.E. Presentation

The children and youth of our congregation will make a special holiday presentation.

 
 December 5, 2010
Losing My Religion
Dr Ken Shuman

After twenty years as a professional pastor I lost my religion. It’s not that I forgot where I put it or anything. I knew exactly where it was. And it’s not that I set out to get rid of my religion. It just wasn’t working for me anymore. In the midst of questioning God and searching for answers to the big questions, religion just wasn’t providing the answers.

Some want to equate losing religion with losing faith. I haven’t lost my faith. I believe very passionately in God and in his mission. I’m seeking to walk humbly with God and to align my life with God’s dream for the world. I’m deeply committed to pursuing God in the way of Jesus. I want to be honest however and say that I’ve put all of my beliefs under a microscope. I’ve questioned everything. Even in my questioning, however, I couldn’t let go of God, and he/she wouldn’t let go of me. Is it possible to give up religion and yet have a deep spirituality?

 
 November 21, 2010
Guilt, the Inherited Guest at Our Table
Rev. Phil Schulman

Families will be invited to take a Guest at Your Table box home, to learn about and participate in the work of our UU Service Committee.  Sermon:  Moving from guilt to thanksgiving celebration, and striving to be part of the solution. Is it possible that we could make guilt a thing of our past, and still keep moving toward greater integrity and fulfillment of our deepest values?

 
 November 14, 2010
Rediscovering your inner Magnificence
Charles Anstead

Rediscovering your inner Magnificence

 
 November 7, 2010
Semper Reformanda!
Joanna Fontaine Crawford, Seminary Student

Though our theological roots go back to the early church, Unitarian Universalism itself is a new religion, formed during the consolidation of the two religions and developed over the last 50 years.  This is a transformational religion that will change your life.  Bring your lifejackets and safety helmets – it’s a thrilling ride ahead.

 
 October 31, 2010
Celebrating the Season
Rita Cusack

Join us as we celebrate the lessons of the season through song and story. This will be a multigenerational service. We also encourage you to come in costume if you are so moved! For this service we will be meeting at the Copperfield Kids Club, 15806 Longenbaugh Drive, just west of Highway 6.

 
 October 24, 2010
Tolerance and Understanding
Lucia Bettler

Lucia will share thoughts emerging from her recent experience visiting Israel.

 
 October 17, 2010
The New Prophetic Ministry, Part 2
Rev. Phil Schulman

For too long people have assumed that being a UU requires faith in a progressive political agenda and not much else.  This assumption ignores two things: 1 - A significant minority of UUs have always been politically conservative. 2 - Unitarian, Universalist and UU values, beliefs and theological traditions have been the source of our emphasis on social justice.  Learn more about how the return to liberal religion has changed the way we do social justice.

 
 October 10, 2010
The New Prophetic Imperative, Part 1
Rev. Phil Schulman

For too long people have assumed that being a UU requires faith in a progressive political agenda and not much else. This assumption ignores two things: 1 - A significant minority of UUs have always been politically conservative. 2 - Unitarian, Universalist and UU values, beliefs and theological traditions have been the source of our emphasis on social justice. Learn more about how the return to liberal religion has changed the way we do social justice.

 
 October 3, 2010
Nourishing the Soul
Patti Henry

Want some Greek salad with tomatoes from my garden?  How about a big helping of Mama's lasagna?  Anyone for homemade apple pie?  Would you like ice cream with that?  We nourish our bodies -- how about our souls?  Our days have a built-in structure to nourish our bodies called breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but how many of us have that same spiritual structure in place? The Muslims pray 5 times a day -- how about you?  Come hear psychotherapist and author Patti Henry as she shares some ideas of how to not only nourish your body each day, but how to nourish your soul as well.

 
 September 26, 2010
Spiritual Practice in a Theologically Diverse Congregation
Rev. Phil Schulman

What makes a practice "spiritual?" Which spiritual practices can UUs engage in as individuals, as a congregation and as a denomination?

 
 September 19, 2010
Welcome the Mosque
Rev. Phil Schulman

In keeping with September's theme,"One light, many windows," Phil will extrapolate UU Priniciples onto current events.

 
 September 12, 2010
The Illimitable Mind
Joanna Fontaine Crawford

With his metaphor of the Cathedral of the World, the Rev. Forrest Church drew a picture of the treasure we inherited as Unitarian Universalists – unlimited ways of understanding and experiencing divine reality. As UUs, it is our theological privilege and responsibility to “go deep,” not merely picking and choosing concepts that appeal to us, but to develop a fully examined faith.

 
 September 5, 2010
Sharing the Spirit of Southwest Summer UU Institute

A team of NWCUUC members who attended this year's Southwest Summer UU Institute, SWUUSI, will recreate some of the mystery and wonder of this experience. NWCUUC has one of the highest congregational percentages attending this multi-generational summer camp. Find out why.

 
 August 29, 2010
Beth Hammer

What happens when our ambition and greed overshadow our common purpose? What is the cost of seeking results over relationship? Join us for a story that illustrates that while we may get distracted by our ambitions and greed, no success is very enjoyable without love and warm spirit of community.

 
 August 22, 2010
What is sacred to US?
Rev. Phil Schulman

Sure there is a lot of power in choosing, but UU is so not "anything goes." What are the core values of our movement? What is at the heart of what we believe, and practice?

Our annual Water Ceremony will also take place during this service!

 
 August 15, 2010
Returning to Our Core Values
Rev. Phil Schulman

Where do we find our real selves? The power beneath the liberal religious approach is the real growth that can happen when we become more conscious of what we believe and value. But who are we anyway ...to be deciding what is valuable, sacred, worthy of devotion? Is this the worship of personality? Hopefully not. Come to the intersection of divinity and humanity.

 
 August 8, 2010

Speaker from The Art of Living

 
 August 1, 2010
Our Greatest Challenge
UUA GA Video

Peter Morales, UUA President - recorded sermon from our national General Assembly

We experience transcendence by loving and being loved. You and I are profoundly relational creatures. We are hard wired to need one another. People who are coming to our congregations every Sunday for the first time—and there are thousands every week—long to experience a loving connection to a religious community. So, how are we doing at responding to this need, to feeding the spiritually hungry and housing the religiously homeless?"
Come view this sermon delivered by thr national President of the Unitarian Universalist Association as recorded at our faith's national conference.
 

 
 July 25, 2010
Heretic Camp: A Multigenerational Adventure Experience
Various

The word heretic has its root in the Greek verb meaning "to choose." A Heretic, then, is a person who maintains the right to choose for themselves what to think and what to believe. Universalists and Unitarians have a proud history of being Heretics and claiming a right to religious freedom -- freedom of thought and freedom of conscience. Not all heretics are Unitarian Universalists, but we have many that we’re proud of! Legend has it that this campsite is full of hidden treasures, guarded by the ghosts of our heretical ancestors. Join us as we explore Heretic Camp and search out these treasures, choosing our steps along the way…

 
 July 18, 2010
Live Free
Rev. Phil Schulman

Faith of the free. What is the purpose of non-creedal religion? What is faith, and how does it support freedom? Can intellect imprison? What is freedom?

 
 July 11, 2010
Coming Out
Joanna Fontaine Crawford

The theme for this month is freedom. Part of the freedom of being in a Unitarian Universalist community is the freedom and responsibility to authentically acknowledge who we are. Are we truly free at NWCUUC? Let’s see. Join Joanna as she Comes Out to the congregation.

 
 July 4, 2010
Outlawing Jellybeans and Other Injustices (Multigenerational Service)
Tracy Cook and Beth Hammer

How do we use our power? How do we respond to injustice? In this service, based on the story The Duke Who Outlawed Jellybeans by Johnny Valentine, we will see how we can use our shared power in the name of Love to overcome almost any obstacle.

As part of this service, there will be a collection of items for our monthly You Matter lunches. Please bring what you can from the following list. Remember, each month we will make 100 lunches to give out to area homeless folks. Cash donations will also be accepted to purchase perishables.

Honey (in squeeze bottles), Creamy peanut butter, 18 count chewy granola bars (Variety packs have several flavors), Sandwich bags with zip-tops, 24-packs of bottled water, Cheese and/or peanut butter crackers (the 6-in-a-pack kind), Paper lunch bags, Cinnamon disc hard candies.

 
 June 27, 2010
The Simple Joy of Fellowship
John Hammer

They say you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. Unitarian Universalists are famous for coffee and conversation, but we also come together for Fellowship. Come hear one UU's views on why our Sundays are more than a social event.

 
 June 20, 2010
Father's Day
Andre Brackett

Being a father is not the easiest job in the world. In fact, being a father is not just the hardest job a man can have during his lifetime, either. For those who have conceived a child or children, fatherhood is the single most important job in any man's life. This is why fathers are a very important part of every family.

 
 June 13, 2010
Soulforce & Nice Dead People
Rev. Phil Schulman

As we age there's a tendency to behave and live on other people's terms. How can we remember our power, freedom and vitality? What is soulforce?

 
 June 6, 2010
Gathered and Sent
Joanna Crawford

 

So what is the purpose of church? According to NWCUUC member and UU seminarian Joanna Crawford, “We gather to strengthen our souls, we are sent out to strengthen the world.” But the path to do so is often hard to find. Come prepared to wade in the water as we discuss how to do each.

 
 May 30, 2010
Memorial Day: Make it Personal
Allan Perkins

Allan Perkins discusses ways to make Memorial Day a very personal holiday and not just a date on the calendar or another day off.

 
 May 23, 2010
Our Flaming Chalice
Beth Hammer

What does our Flaming Chalice mean to you? It has been a source of comfort for many, and a guiding light for others. Come explore the idea of some symbolism within the symbol of our Chalice.

 
 May 16, 2010
Prayer, New Accessible Formats
Rev. Phil Schulman

If you think that prayer means asking the big daddy in the sky for special favors, then you haven't paid attention to the prayers being said in UU congregations. Come hear how this powerful spiritual tool is being understood by an array of religious liberals.

 
 May 9, 2010
Mother, Venerable Teacher
Rev. Phil Schulman

The job of mother is arguably the hardest and most important job in the world, and many moms wouldn't trade it for anything. This Sunday we will celebrate Mother's Day by remembering the venerable tradition of motherhood. We will look at motherhood in the light of faith and spirituality.

 
 May 2, 2010
How Love Brought Back the Flowers - a Beltane Story
Susanna Hill and Tracy Cook

Love and spring time is celebrated in many ways around the world. One way is the Maypole Dance. On Sunday, May 2, we will share a new perspective on this very ancient tradition. Susanna Hill and Tracy Cook, two members of our congregation, will present a play and music to welcome the season. Following the service, we will have a Maypole Dance!

 
 April 25, 2010
One Planet-One People
Lucia Bettler

After the long Winter, the Earth is straining to be born. The trees are a symbol of our life on earth...as they begin to leaf out and become shaded homes once again for the creatures of air and branch. We are also blossoming and being reborn with the coming of Spring... as we strive to find our interconnected place on this planet.

 
 April 18, 2010
Peace in the Middle East; What's It to Us?
Rev. Phil Schulman

Can UUs have any voice or influence in matters facing the Middle East? We are Peace lovers. Is peace even a possibility for Israel and Palestinians? Is it any of our business? What do our values and our faith ask of us with regard to this ongoing conflict?

 
 April 11, 2010
Pulling on the Strands
Christian Schmidt

We're all connected. That's what our seventh principle is all about, right? So what would happen if we lived our lives like we really believed that was true, that every one of our actions affects everything else? We will take a look at this way of living.

 
 April 4, 2010
The Magic of Worship and Ritual: The Flower Communion
Cheryl Perry

How our gatherings and ritual practices bring us to the present moment and increase our spiritual awareness.

Please bring some flowers to share.

 
 March 28, 2010
The Garden of Eden in Reverse: Advancing Economic Justice
Dana Fisher Ashrawi

With the economic crisis continuing to impact people, jeopardizing our well-being, now is a fitting time to do something about economic justice. Liberal Religion challenges the idea that all the world's evil resides in a supernatural being, or even that a person can be defined as an evil being. We see evil in the structures and systems that prevent people from actualizing their best selves and keep us out of right relation with all of creation. Our call as a Liberal Religious community is to work to transform these structures. Come learn how to help write the Garden of Eden story in reverse!

Justice Sunday, an event coordinated annually by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, is an exciting opportunity to lift up an important human rights issue, learn more about it, and be inspired to act! By participating in Justice Sunday, our congregation is joining hands with other UU congregations across the country to promote justice.

Dana is a third generation UU who can claim the anti-slavery activist Unitarian minister Rev. Theodore Parker as part of her family tree, is Chair of NWCUUC Faith in Action, and was recently selected to join the national Board of UUs for Justice in the Middle East.

 
 March 21, 2010
World Community and UU Faith
Rev. Phil Schulman

UUs deeply value efforts to promote world community with liberty and justice for all. Is this religious concern or simply political? Religion has so often been the cause of division, oppression and strife. Yet the major traditions have also beckoned humanity to a compassionate awareness of its unity. In what ways does UU faith inform and challenge us to be members of a world community? What does it mean for us practically and personally?

 
 March 14, 2010
Is Sexuality Education Religious Education?
Katy Carpman

From the day we are born to the day that we die, we are all sexual beings. Unitarian Universalists (partnered with the United Church of Christ) hold this to be true, and thus we provide fact-based, principle-based sexuality education for all ages. Come learn more about the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program and see human sexuality education as far more than plumbing lessons!

Katy is the Religious Education Director of the Unitarian Fellowship of Houston. The OWL program is offered in several versions for different age groups. An OWL class for adults was the subject of an article in the June 2009 issue of the magazine O, The Oprah Magazine, at http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Adult-Sex-Education.

 
 March 7, 2010
Evolving Consciousness
Linda Eastburn

Linda Eastburn began her profession as a health intuitive after many successful years as an entrepreneur in the field of real estate. Her success allowed her to pursue her first love, the connection between mind and spirit. Today she is a world-renowned intuitive, instructor, and author. She is a certified hypnotherapist, with a nationwide clientele. She is the author of the acclaimed book, Riding the Intuitive Wave, Listening to What Your Body Already Knows. Linda hosted the internationally broadcast radio show Anomalies, and has been a guest on various national radio broadcasts. Linda is the founder of Intuitive Care, a line of distant learning courses. She is certified as a continuing education instructor for nurses on the health benefits of intuition. Today she has students around the globe learning to use their intuitive abilities in work, personal healing, and self-understanding.

Linda’s message will be on evolving consciousness. Humankind's evolution is always responding to environmental influence. Intuition will either be part of this or it will die out. As a health intuitive she will show the value of using this primal from of communication with the direction of our more evolved reasoning intellect.

 
 February 28, 2010
Why Can’t I Just Wallow in the Mud?
Tracy Cook

Sometimes we fall down, and sometimes we are pushed. We know we are supposed to just pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start down our path again. But what if we land in a mud puddle, and things don’t just brush off? Or what about those times when it feels good to wallow in the mud?! What then? Come in, listen, and if you wish, share your thoughts during Corner Forum. Tracy is President of the Board of the Northwest Community Unitarian Universalist Church and has completed the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience course.

 
 February 21, 2010
Love Makes a Family (Thrive)
Rev. Phil Schulman

Come hear some good news about the changing picture of American family structure. We will celebrate that families come in many shapes and sizes.

My title and blurb above are intended to challenge fundamentalist assumptions of what a family "should" look like. If you would like to help me spotlight positive changes (or challenges) please email me your thoughts, stories or questions regarding the changing picture of family life in the 21st century.

I'd especially appreciate hearing from single parents, blended families, adoptive or foster families. What does your family look like? What's been good about being that way? What's been difficult about it? (include how your family has been treated) What do you wish everyone would remember? What would you like to never hear again? What would you like to hear or see? PLEASE reflect and comment. Educate me, share your stories, conclusions, questions, concerns, ...

I will be happy to keep private any information that you share with me, if you let me know that is your wish.

BTW, whether you appreciate or regret these social changes, your input is much appreciated. I trust that we can present our doubts and concerns respectfully. I trust that we can engage in compassionate dialogue. I know that we can be open minded and hearted, that we can support learning and growth together.

Let's hear from UU!

 
 February 14, 2010
Born To Love
Patti Henry

We love because it is the only true adventure.
--Nikki Giovanni

The most powerful energy on the planet is love. Let us find ways to hook into it and live in it. Let us find ways to use our right of conscience and the democratic process to use love to heal the world. Let us come to church on Valentine’s Day to hear psychotherapist and author Patti Henry speak about the necessity of loving in order to fully experience our highest selves, both individually and collectively.

 
 February 7, 2010
One UU's Take on Racism
Tom Parker

UUs have a long history of taking a stand against racism and some acts are clearly and egregiously racist. But what about the grey areas, the more challenging aspects of racism we deal with both publicly and privately? Is racism ever justified? How does racism manifest itself in your life? To what extent are you a racist? Join us as Tom Parker addresses these and other questions and gives us his take on what UUs can do.

 
 January 31, 2010
Music Communion
Joanna Crawford

Music has long been a part of religious ritual and always been a part of community. In addition to the talented musicians of NWCUUC sharing their gifts, we invite all to share their musical taste. Please bring either a "mix CD" of your favorite songs or a CD that has special meaning for you. Like our flower communion, these CDs will be gathered together so that everyone may take a different CD than they brought, to take home and enjoy.

 
 January 24, 2010
The Stories We Tell About Meaning
David R. Throop

David Throop is a local UU who will be presenting the talk on January 24th.

 
 January 17, 2010
Transforming Pain to Power and Peace
Rev. Phil Schulman

Often we arrange our world to try to avoid things that trigger our pain. It ends up blocking us from embracing live's deep joy and fulfillment. As we begin a new year, let's consider some ways to make peace with the events or parts of ourselves we would lke to banish. When we come home to ourselves, we will find freedom and unleash our creative power.

 
 January 10, 2010
A Spiritual Solution for Every Problem
Rev. Phil Schulman

As we begin a new year, let's consider putting this horse before our cart. What is our spirituality and how could we use it for the basis to face all of life's challenges?

 
 January 3, 2010
Meet Me in Baggage Claim
Rita Cusack and Joanna Crawford

Here's two New Year's Resolutions :In one year, I will be a better person.  In one year the world will be a better place because of something I did.  

Sounds great but what's the first step?  First step unpacking some baggage-those things that hold us back from becoming the person we want to be.  Come join us as we - literally - burn through those things we wish to get rid of, to make space for what we want to acquire.

 
 December 27, 2009
Help! Why won't someone help me?
Earle Canfield

Ever get the feeling that we are dangling on the end of a rope and someone on top keeps throwing money over the cliff to help us climb back up! Well, you aren't the only one! What we really need is someone to grab hold of the rope and pull us back on to solid ground. Let's stop wasting our time and money, and start doing something effective. Lessons from Nepal.

 
 December 20, 2009
Still No Room at the Inn?
Rev. Phil

Are we so resentful of what has been done in his name, that we close our hearts and our eyes to the miracle of the Christmas spirit that emerges this time of year? Yes ye religious liberals, verily I say unto you, "prepare him room." Hint: If getting stuck on literalism is making you a Scrooge, it's not religious liberalism.

 
 December 13, 2009
Lessons and Carols, a Holiday Celebration
NWCUUC Worship Team

December is one of the most festive times to be a Unitarian Universalist. We have what A. Powell Davies referred to as the “privilege of the illimitable mind” – we get to celebrate and find value in all the holidays of the season. Come see why, when a UU says, “Happy Holidays” it really means something!

 
 December 6, 2009
The Battle for Christmas
Joanna Fontaine Crawford, UU Seminarian

There has been talk in the past few years about the “War on Christmas.” However, if you look at the history of Christmas in the United States, you’ll discover that the reality is different than some would want you to believe. Make no mistake – this is a subversive holiday, highly influenced by Unitarian Universalists. In fact, without Unitarians and Universalists, Christmas as we currently know it wouldn’t even exist!

 
 November 29, 2009
Bread Communion
Rev. Phil Schulman

Whether you were with your family or not for Thanksgiving, finish out this holiday weekend with us. Come back or enter into our spiritual community, and we'll break bread. Phil will talk about the miracle of leavening, and we will reflect upon what we are baking in our lives, and what is rising in the world.

 
 November 22, 2009
The Church's One True Foundation
Bil Cusack

Ever wonder what it is that really makes things continue? What is it that we could never do without?" Inspired by sermon given by Dr. Web Kitchell many years back at First Unitarian Houston, Bil Cusack delves into this rich topic.

 
 November 15, 2009
Planting Seeds of Soul: The Seed of Self-Knowledge
Rev. Anthony David

In Jonathan Haidt’s book The Happiness Hypothesis, he writes, “Suppose you read about a pill that you could take once a day to reduce anxiety and increase your contentment. Would you take it? Suppose further that the pill has a great variety of side effects, all of them good: increased self-esteem, empathy, and trust; it even improves memory. Suppose, finally, that the pill is all natural and costs nothing. Now would you take it? The pill exists. It is meditation.” Let’s take a look. It’s right in line with what Thoreau once urged, “we must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake.”

 
 November 8, 2009
Sacred Space
Del Gault

This service will explore Art, Architecture, and Sacred Spaces from around the globe. We will be including other faith traditions in our discussions of Sacred Spaces. After the services, there will be a discussion of the similarities shared in all faith traditions. This will include ideas about our interactions with the Divine, beyond the Western (Judeo-Christian) perspectives we traditionally hold. Come and stretch your spirituality with us!

 
 November 1, 2009
Mountains of the Bible
Del Gault

"Mountains of the Bible" will include exploration of the physical landscape mentioned in the Old and New Testaments. The physical landscape will be our background for a liberal interpretation of Moses and Jesus as main lawgivers in the Bible.

 
 October 25, 2009
To Dream the Impossible Dream
Lucia Bettler

Honor, nobility of spirit, idealism---all qualities related to justice, equity and compassion in our lives.  These are eternal themes in literature, drama and song.  It's not easy being human, not always easy having compassion for others when we are struggling ourselves with the complexities of life.  Join Lucia Bettler as she shares her vision of what it is that keeps us awake and alive to one another in these challenging times.

 
 October 18, 2009
A New Religious Identity
Rev. Phil Schulman

Our living tradition continues to change. Do you? A generation ago people came to us charged with negative energy about the religions they had left behind. We called ourselves religious liberals but often the religious part was missing. Today the people knocking on our doors are hungry for spirituality and alternatives to fundamentalism and market place culture. Being a religious liberal takes effort, but yields rewards. Are you willing to grow with our faith?

 
 October 11, 2009
Remembering, Letting Go, Starting Fresh
Rev. Phil Schulman

Last month Rev Phil shared with us the Jewish high holiday tradition, known as the Days of Awe. We were asked to reflect upon the past year, our moral victories as well as the ways that we fell short of being the UUs we want to be. Today we will complete the process remember, let go, put the past behind us and start fresh.

 
 October 4, 2009
To Dwell Together In Peace
Christina Branum-Martin

The task of peacemaking is arduous for governments, communities and individuals. Ghandi said “Be the change you want to see in the world”. Yet it takes practice to become the person we each aspire to be.

Christina Branum-Martin is 4th year seminary student at Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago. She is in a non-resident student and lives here in Houston during her studies.
She shares her life with her husband and 9 year old daughter.

 
 September 27, 2009
The Semantics of Religious Language: Transcribing the World to Our UU Perspective
Julian Moore

You say tomato, I say tomahto... should we call the whole thing off? Of course not.

Although we may see the same thing, we might call it by different names. For instance, some languages such as Spanish use the word Dios for God, Arabic uses the word Allah for God and others to describe The Divine or Supreme Being might call it by another name.

Unfortunately it isn't always as easy in one's own language. It is our abstract concepts of faith and our attempt to attach words to describe them that can often times create tension, misunderstanding and dismissal of growth opportunities.

Join us as we delve into the different aspects of religious speak and how honing our ability to transcribe the faith language of others will help us grow as UUs.

 
 September 20, 2009
Days of Awe
Rev. Phil Schulman

The Jewish high holy days are a time of reflection, remembering, making amends and letting go in order to enter at-one-ment with the source of life, with our neighbors and our self. Come home to the land of your soul where life begins anew.

 
 September 13, 2009
What's a UU?
John Hammer, Rita Cusack, Susanna Hill

Based on a service given at First UU Church of Albuquerque, our ensemble of speakers address in a snappy informative way what Unitarian Universalism is and what Unitarian Universalists do.

 
 September 6, 2009
Beyond Tolerance
Susanna Hill

Inspired by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar’s sermon, Susanna delves into what tolerance means for a Unitarian Universalists. Are there limits to tolerance? Are we really as tolerant as we think we are? And is tolerance the goal, or merely a step in the right direction?

 
 August 30, 2009
You Are Loved!
Joanna Crawford

You are surrounded by love – do you recognize it? Do you realize how much? As humans, we have both a need to give love and receive love. As Unitarian Universalists, we say that “love is the spirit” of our church. What do we do with this love? What is the real power of the love within? And if we want more love in our lives, where do we find it?

 
 August 23, 2009
CELEBRATE!
Cheryl Perry and Rita Cusack

A Homecoming and Water Ceremony

Cheryl Perry and Rita Cusack will lead a worship service celebrating our summer travels and homecoming. Bring a bit of water (real or symbolic) representing a place of spiritual significance so that we may once again come together through the water communion ceremony.

 
 August 16, 2009
The Power of Positive Feeling
Rev. Phil Schulman

Much has been written about positive thinking and visualization. The missing piece for nurturing our souls and healing the world may lie with our feelings. Bring us your tired weary spirits, bring us your contentment or your excitement. Together in our sanctuary of acceptance, we will sing a new song to creation.

 
 August 9, 2009
The Art of Being Hip Hop
DJ Sama'an and Friends

Popular culture has everything to do with the way that each new young generation communicates with itself and about itself. Hip hop has been around for more than one new young generation, but continues to evolve and become more and more meaningful to people across the planet. Come to this sermon to find out what the hip hop culture has to tell us about spirituality and how it relates to the UU faith. Be prepared to hear some good beats and to move around as you are willing and able.

 
 August 2, 2009
Ware Lecture 2009: Faith and Reason: Race, Justice, and American Political Life
Rita Cusack

Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, this year's Ware Lecturer, challenged us to pause in the moment of American racial transformation and ask about how faith and reason can guide our politics toward more just ends. We Americans do use religious and rational justifications for democratic processes, policy directions, and political goals. In fact, in many ways the American state is the God figure in our nation's civic religion. But the realities of black life in America have historically served to challenge the American project in both moral and secular realms.

 
 July 26, 2009
The Four Spiritualities
Michelle French

What is the type of spirituality that feeds you? Rational Mind? Spiritual Mind? Service? Love? Come join us as we learn from this not-to-be-missed sermon, written and first delivered by Rev. Anthony David, today pulpiteered by Michelle French.

 
 July 19, 2009
Talkin' Theology
Christian Schmidt

Guest speaker Christian Schmidt will give the world's fastest introduction to theology, tell you why you should care, and then discuss a basic theological framework that UUs (yes, all of us) can agree on. Also, there will be a play, and you'll love it!

 
 July 12, 2009
Urgency, Reaction and Faith
Rev. Phil Schulman

How often are we in a reactive mode, seeing things we don't like and railing against them? How often do we proceed from a song, dream or vision that arises in us, and stroll gently down the path toward fulfillment. Can we learn to act more often from our faith than from fear?

 
 July 5, 2009
A Fifth of July
John Hammer

There’s a lot to embrace this Independence Day -- a country of rebels, heretics, and other visionaries! Join us as we celebrate the United States of America through music and word.

 
 June 28, 2009
Into the Spiritual Groove
Nadine Morandi & Ecstatic Dance Houston

Gently awaken the body and spirit through sound and movement.

Allowing the vibrations and rhythms to move you and move through you facilitates subtle changes to body, mind and spirit. Come and experience the joy of a community in motion.

 
 June 21, 2009
A Little Thing Called Love
Rita Cusack

In Love's Garden there is beauty and growth but there are also weeds and thorns. How do we continue to do this thing called love and when loving gets tough? Together we will delve into the hard truths about love and what keeps us going.

 
 June 14, 2009
Good Lives For Dads
Rev. Phil Schulman

Males are deeply conditioned into an orientation of dominance. We end up dominating and forcing ourselves to buck up and get with the program. Can dads learn to influence themselves and their children with ease, love and cooperation? Can men move from inspiration with less perspiration?  As a gift to fathers, let's support and encourage them to lead lives more deeply connected to children, community and faith.

 
 June 7, 2009
RE Year in Review
Kim Wickwire

It’s been a wonderful year as we explored Michael Josephson’s Pillars of Character through an interage, rotational model of religious education. Join us for skits and songs that illustrate what we’ve learned.

 
 May 31, 2009
The Thawing of God's Frozen People
Rev. Phil Schulman

UU Congregational life has been growing beyond the bounds of our English Protestant history and culture. We are are embracing multicultural spirituality and learning to express our Principles and Purposes in new and exciting ways. Come experience it.

 
 May 24, 2009
Memorial Sunday Remembrance Service
Joanna Fontaine Crawford

On this Memorial Sunday, we gather to remember those who have given their lives in military service to our country. Please join us in honoring their memory.

 
 May 17, 2009
Leviticus
Laura Emerson

Leviticus: Its most widely cited verse is used to condemn homosexuality, but since it is one of the most boring books in the Bible, few people know what the other thousands of verses say about the time and place, so long ago and far away, in which this book was written. If the rest of Leviticus were similarly applied to contemporary discourse, football wouldn't be an American pastime, fashion wouldn't be much of an industry, and agriculture wouldn't support as large a population. If you were to draft such a detailed book for UUs, what would it include?

 
 May 10, 2009
Flower Communion + Mother’s Day
Rita Cusack, Tracy Cook, Susanna Hill

Flowers are a symbol of all things which unite us with each other and with the eternal order of the Universe. In our Flower Communion this year, we will celebrate the beauty of the flowers, the beauty of those who are touching our lives now and the beauty of those who have touched our lives along our life’s journey. As we gather together for our Flower Communion on Mother’s Day this year, we will also be celebrating the sacredness of Motherhood.

We ask that you bring a flower that represents someone, female or male, who has Mothered you on your life’s journey. This could be someone who has nurtured you or whose wisdom guided you or whose love gave you the strength to move forward.

If you are so moved, you also may bring an object or a picture to place on the altar that represents the beautiful soul who has mothered you.

 
 May 3, 2009
I Want My Maypole
Rev. Phil Schulman

Long before Judaism and Christianity emerged, Pagan, Wiccan, Goddess religions and indigenous cultures honored, celebrated and discovered an awesome, sacred and transcendent mystery in nature. Let's celebrate Beltane together. It's a Gaelic and Pagan holiday invoking and acknowledging fertility. What in your life needs spawning? What didn't make it through the winter, that needs to be cleared away in order to make room for new life? We'll look to the marvels of nature in Spring. Wanted: dancers for the Maypole.

 
 April 26, 2009
Taking a Bet on the Truth
David R Throop

'The search for truth is our sacrament. And service is its prayer.' We are called to action, based on the truths we know. But there's a catch. Revelation isn't finished - tomorrow may prove today's truths to be partial, provisional. Or just wrong. Our free churches have struggled with the question ever since the Pilgrims -- How do act boldly, faithfully, given that we might be in error? This Sunday, we look back to our Unitarian roots to learn how UU's serve with confidence even as we walk in doubt.

 
 April 19, 2009
What Every Religious Liberal Should Know About the Bible: The Book of Revelation
Laura Emerson

To engage in contemporary religious discussions, we, as UUs, need to be familiar with references in the Bible, as read from a religious liberal perspective. So what do you know about "end of the world" references you may hear from friends, relatives, and coworkers, including the point that Bellaire, TX has the "devil's number" because the prefix is "666." What does the Book of Revelation actually say, and significantly, what is NOT in there? Does a well meaning loved one fear for your afterlife? Attend this service for a UU response.

 
 April 12, 2009
An Easter Melody

Come join us as we celebrate Spring, Solstice, Rebirth, Easter – in music. Easter bonnets optional!

 
 April 5, 2009
R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
Patti Henry

Aretha Franklin is just asking for a little respect for women. Author and psychotherapist, Patti Henry, is talking to us on April 5 about gaining a little of that respect for yourself. Inspired by women who have made a difference, Patti will share with us how you, too, can make a difference in the world by following the light within.

 
 March 29, 2009
Faith in the Unitarian Universalist Church
Rev. Eric Posa

Ours is a rational religion, and many within our churches hesitate to describe UUism as a "faith." We'll consider a way of viewing faith as fully consistant with Unitarian Universalism, and also reflect on what faith has to do with trust.

Rev. Eric Posa serves the UU Church of the Brazos Valley in College Station. He lives in Bryan with his wife, Suzi.

 
 March 22, 2009
TESTIFY!
Joanna Fontaine Crawford

Or “So What’s the Good News About Unitarian Universalism and Why/How Should I Spread It?”  Joanna will testify, exhort you to evangelize, discuss Holy Spirit and even give some tips about getting through those “What do you believe?” conversations.
--
Jennifer Armentrout had to cancel due to a family emergency.  Our prayers go out to her and her family.

 
 March 15, 2009
Becoming Trustworthy People
Sermon by Rev. Tom Owen-Towle, pulpiteered by Allan Perkins

The basic task of all religion is to reaffirm the first relationship of trust between mother and child. Easier said than done, nonetheless crucial in the shaping of our personal and social worlds. This sermon, delivered by Rev. Owen-Towle last June at the UU Fellowship of San Dieguito addresses the trust we need in each other to grow as individuals and as a congregation.

 
 March 8, 2009
Craving the White Space
Joanna Fontaine Crawford

Sometimes, it’s just too much. Too many activities, too much clutter, too much stuff. Sometimes, what we crave is a little bit of emptiness … room in our schedule just to daydream, room in our bookcases for future reads, room in our heads for new thoughts.

Come get motivated to get rid of the literal and metaphorical clutter that you no longer love or that no longer serves you well. Empty cardboard boxes will be provided.

 
 March 1, 2009
Love is the Spirit
Sermon by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, pulpiteered by Rob Barreda

What is the purpose of church? Different people have different ideas – in this sermon, delivered at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma on February 1, 2009, Rev. Lavanhar pulls together the disparate ideas, arguing that love helps us in our business of “creating spiritually mature people.”

 
 February 22, 2009
It's the Best Day Ever
Mary K. Isaacs

Spongebob Squarepants seems an unlikely spiritual guide, but he has some important lessons to offer about hard work, loyalty, living in the moment, and - especially - caring. I mentioned the Spongebob idea in a sermon last year and multiple people have requested it since ... its time has arrived! Come join me to explore what we can seriously learn from this comical little guy.

 
 February 15, 2009
The History of Religion, The Musical
Cheryl Perry

Come join us for our second play directed by Cheryl Perry as she covers The History of Religion, from the Big Bang to the Second Coming as only the Unitarian Universalists can tell it!

 
 February 8, 2009
The Heart of the Matter is Love"
Lucia Bettler

Many spiritual traditions speak of kindness and love...that deep caring that comes from the depth of our souls. In our world today there are many inspiring stories about how people dig deep and step forward to help individuals in need. We must live with open hands and hearts even when it is difficult. Join Lucia today to explore how "loving kindness" lives in all of us......and how we can help one another to keep it flowing into our changing world.

 
 February 1, 2009
Turn The Tables, or Turn The Other Cheek?
Rev. Chuck Freeman

Like all of you, Chuck has been observing candidate and now President Obama in his style of engagement and early governing strategies.  Freshly back from broadcasting and blogging at the Inauguration Chuck will distill practical spiritual lessons from Mr. Obama's words and deeds.  What can we glean from President Obama that can help us be better UU's, citizens and human beings?

 
 January 25, 2009
You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd
Katy Carpman

In 1966, Roger Miller explained that "Ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd, but you can be happy if you've a mind to" --How can we choose happiness? Is it really as simple as "Knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, do it"? How can a change in personal outlook help each of us to change the world?

 
 January 18, 2009
Martin Walked So Barack Could Run
Joanna Fontaine Crawford

January 19 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and January 20, the first African-American citizen will be sworn is as President of the United States. This is a time of pride and hope for many who have worked for civil rights, but they are quick to point out that there is still much work to be done. What steps do we take now that will affect people 45 years from now?

 
 January 11, 2009
The Fulcrum and the Snow Ball: Overturning the Caste System in Nepal
Earle Canfield

This time last year I visited NWCUUC and talked about the power of our deeds (Karma); I talked about how personally fulfilling it has been in my life and in the lives of our sponsors. Such a deed gives blighted children a chance to blossom: to go to school, attend college, attain careers, and to break the poverty cycle their families had been entrapped for generations. However, the power of Karma is not evident in simply transforming people individually, but it can gather momentum and transform an entire society. Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point shows how this transformation can happen overnight: how epidemics begin, fads and fashions take off, and a freshman senator from Illinois can become President. Today's sermon reveals how ANSWER is not just educating a few hundred children, but it is undermining the deeply ingrained caste system in Nepal. The conditions are ripe, the ball is gathering speed, and the balance is about to tip to bring about a social revolution that may bring real opportunity and true democracy to millions on the subcontinent.

ANSWER: In 2001, after enrolling a little street girl in a high-caste school and witnessing her amazing progress in three short years, Earle, his wife Mary Jane, and Som, a native hospital worker in Nepal began talking about starting an organization ANSWER to educate disadvantaged children. As more and more children became enrolled and excelled, it became clear that these students needed to go on to college and break the poverty cycle. About 3 years ago, we wanted our students to do more than simply contribute to family wealth, but to model themselves on the generosity of their sponsors and give back to society as a whole. Now that our students are graduating as businessmen, nurses and other health professionals from the lowest castes, a social reformation is in the offing.

 
 January 4, 2009
2009: Year of Hope or year of Crises?
Rita Cusack

Pity the news-addicted, so many messages of gloom and doom! Every episode has the latest bad news with the inference that if you haven't been defeated yet, you soon will be. Contrast that to the message of the presidential election; "Hope and Change". Now is the time for all good men to... sort out what really matters (again). Please join us in this annual "Housekeeping for the Soul" service.

 
 December 28, 2008
The Center of the Holidays

This Sunday falls between Christmas & New Years.  It is both a time of rest after the holiday hustle-bustle, & anticipation of beginning a new year.

 
 December 24, 2008
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

The 12th annual Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve service.

 
 December 21, 2008
A Very Festive Season

Certain songs & stories make up a common heritage that we share & form much of the framework for how we view the holidays.

 
 December 14, 2008
The Joy of Giving

Presented by Children's Religious Education

 
 December 7, 2008
A Christmas Story: A Man Named Charlie
Teri Massengale

A true Xmas story about the mystery & sacredness of life & death as shared by individuals whose paths just happened to cross.

 
 November 30, 2008
Breaking Bread Together

Thanksgiving Sunday - Bring a loaf of bread typical of your heritage or your upbringing to share as we give thanks for the blessings in our lives.

 
 November 23, 2008
Unitarian Universalism & the Working Class
Tom Parker

Do we surrender the working class to conservative religion? Should we attempt to broaden our appeal to include more of the working class?

 
 November 16, 2008
Good Grace: Sharing Your Blessings
Lucia Bettler

Lucia will share some of the challenges, inspirations & miracles that have come her way, & encourage us to continue to solve our problems with gratitude, creative thinking & hope.

 
 November 9, 2008
Growing Our Spirit … Together
Joe Sullivan

In recognition of Association Sunday 2008, we will explore our ways of denominational connection & how together UU congregations grow in spirit & become effective in our work in the world.

 
 November 2, 2008
Why a Nice Jewish Boy does Interfaith Work!
Elliot Gershenson

There has never been a time … that people of good will have [not] needed to come together in a sign of unity and peace.

 
 October 26, 2008
Practice, Practice, Practice
Cheryl Marshall

A review of our 7 principles and renewal of our covenant of mutual love & support

 
 October 19, 2008
Responsibility
Teri Massengale

Responsibility, one of Michael Josephson's "Six Pillars of Character."  Teri talks about its deeper meaning in U U'ism

 
 October 12, 2008
"The Land of Enough" by Cecilia Kingman Miller
Geoff Sanders

Award winning sermon asks "How can we possibly practice generosity and a belief in abundance amidst a barrage of scarcity?"

 
 October 5, 2008
Are You Preparing to Fail?
Christian Schmidt

Why is it so easy to fail to prepare ourselves for spiritual growth?

 
 September 28, 2008
The Evolution of God
Marti Nelson-Frazier

Exploration of words and effort to find common ground to better understand & respect all religions & the people who practice them

 
 September 21, 2008
Satirical Songs
Roy Zimmerman

What's funny about war, poverty, ignorance, bigotry, neo-conservatism, homophobia, greed, lust & fear?

 
 September 14, 2008
Hurricane Ike

Church without electricity for three weeks!

 
 September 7, 2008
Sacred Spaces
Rob Barreda

Exploring the idea of where one finds peace, respite, safety & the spiritual

 
 August 31, 2008
Humanist Spirituality
Tracy Cook

DVD presentation by Rev. Christine Robinson: What it means to be a Humanist & how Humanists can live a life rich in spiritual practices

 
 August 24, 2008
Water Communion
Rita Cusack

Sharing of actual and symbolic water from everyone's summer travels

 
 August 17, 2008
Got Vision?
Tom Parker

Sermon by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, presented by Tom Parker

 
 August 10, 2008
It Matters Most What We Love
Susanna Hill

Sermon by Rev. Alice Blair Wesley, First Parish Norwell UU Church, Norwell, MA, presented by Susanna Hill

 
 August 3, 2008
Drawing from Our Six Sources
Tracy Cook

Overview of UU's Six Sources

 
 July 27, 2008
Christine Robinson

DVD of Rev. Christine Robinson of 1st Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, a church w/ 700+ members & 200 children

 
 July 20, 2008
Unitarian Universalist Theology
Katy Carpman

Examination of rich UU history & "what Rebecca Parker (Pres. Of Starr King School for Ministry) calls our 'theological house.'"

 
 July 13, 2008
Living in Covenant
Eric Posa

Our Unitarian Universalist tradition has a 400-year long heritage of affirming the importance of covenants over creeds.

 
 July 6, 2008
Interdependence Day
Marti Nelson-Frazier

Marti w/ Tracy Cook: Although Uus are often recognized individuals w/ a strong sense of personal identity, we also need t work together to achieve common goals.

 
 June 29, 2008
The Business of the Church
John Pepper

Ideas to explore on how to grow & build YOUR church

 
 June 22, 2008
Magic, Deeds, & Universalism
Ken Vincent

Afterlife in the World's Religions. A 3-layer view of how people-both ancient & modern-have viewed Afterlife.

 
 June 15, 2008
Father's Day
Rob Barreda

Celebrating Father's Day & reflecting on the meaning of the holiday, the meaning of fatherhood

 
 June 8, 2008
The Spirit of Unitarian Universalism
Teri Massengale

I have been accused of being a UU evangelist … because I love all the facets of this great religion & take every opportunity to share my enthusiasm.

 
 June 1, 2008
The Children's R.E. Experience
Kim Wickwire

Bridging ceremony & lessons learned by students & teachers this year

 
 May 25, 2008
What Have We Done for Our Veterans? Then & Now
Allan Perkins

A contemplation of the sacrifices made by our military personnel & what they want.

 
 May 18, 2008
A Tale of Two Meetings
Margaret Anderson

Tips for effective communications by a Harvard-trained negotiator

 
 May 11, 2008
Mother's Gift

Several church members share how their mothers influenced those values as we celebrate Mothers Day

 
 May 4, 2008
Flower Communion
Tracy Cook

Share our individual gifts, and celebrate the beauty of our community

 
 April 27, 2008
Thoreau: Our Hapless Prophet
Laura Emerson

Take a lesson or two from one of our more famous & multi-faceted Unitarians.

 
 April 20, 2008
A Feast of Flowers-Gifts from the Earth
Lucia Bettler

Learn to listen to the many ways in which our beloved planet communicates with us…and also shows us the goodness & abundance the Creator showers on us.

 
 April 13, 2008
Universalism Today
Kalen Fristad

Reflections of a Traveling Universalist

 
 April 6, 2008
Forget Serious
Woody Forrieter

Seriousness is often touted as a virture, but there is way too much seriousness - it's an epidemic

 
 March 30, 2008
We Can Be Heroes
Cheryl Perry

Look into the eyes of your family members, neighbors and friends and find the hero waiting there for the right moment to surface and save the world.

 
 March 23, 2008
How One Can Be a Christian Without Believing
Paul Looney

Easter.  How One Can Be a Christian Without Believing in the Virgin Birth Nor the Infallibility of the Bible.

 
 March 16, 2008
Hallelujah
Joanna Crawford

Experience Hallelujah in work and song with Joanna Crawford and Bil Cusack

 
 March 9, 2008
Karma is a Funny Thing
Earle Canfield

This multimedia presentation centers on how our actions not only have an impact on others, buy on ourselves as well.

 
 March 2, 2008
Joy & Laughter
Christina Webb

Christina is a spiritual teacher at Unity Church of Christianity in Houston. A charismatic and heartfelt speaker.

 
 February 24, 2008
Remembering Gandhi
Patti Henry

Following the 60th anniversary of Gandhi's assassination on Jan. 30th, let us be reminded of his teachings and his light

 
 February 17, 2008
Present Moment; Wonderful Moment
Phyllis Hubbell

Revs. Phyllis Hubbell & John Manwell of the 1st Unitarian Church of Baltimore tell how we might find depth & meaning in all our moments

 
 February 10, 2008
John Milton & his Unitarian Sympathies
Deborah Rogers

The Blind Leading the Blind or How do I get to the 'War in Heaven'?  How this 17c. Poet can inspire us to move forward in social justice

 
 February 3, 2008
Moderation: One Way to Discover the Happy Medium
Don Levit

You may be surprised what options the straight & narrow path may open for you

 
 January 27, 2008
What the World Needs Now
Jack Segal

Rabbi Segal is a national speaker, author, radio show host and entertainer

 
 January 20, 2008
This I Believe
Allan Perkins

Inspired by the NPR Radio Show

 
 January 13, 2008
A Voice for Justice
Paul Anderson

Paul's amazing encounter with his Homeowner's Assn.

 
 January 6, 2008
New Beginnings
Rita Cusack

Bil & Rita look at where we've been and where we're going

 
 December 30, 2007
Coffee and Conversation

Informal service with opportunity for thought-provoking, thought-sharing good time

 
 December 23, 2007
Jesus: What Does it all Mean?
Patti Henry

Story of Jesus and Christmas Carols

 
 December 16, 2007
The Holidays are Here by Our Religious Ed. Classes
Tracy Cook

Annual Holiday Program presented by R.E. Classes.  Also Congregational Meeting Day

 
 December 9, 2007
My Path to Dharma
Alok Kalia

What the law of Karma really means and why Dr. Kalia chooses to live his life as if reincarnation exists

 
 December 2, 2007
On the Road to Amory
Chuck Freeman

How can we grow spiritually & emotionally with the deep mixed emotions evoked by family holiday time?

 
 November 25, 2007
Thanksgiving - Abundant Greatfulness
Lucia Bettler

How Can We Repay the Earth for All Her Goodness to Us?  This rich season is a wonderful time to be grateful for the precious life we share; for the sustenance the Earth gives us; for daily grace. It is also the time to stop hiding our light---we must be the light and love the world needs.

 
 November 18, 2007
The Mick Jagger Theory of Life
Kathi Appelt

Transformational experiences typically occur on a stroll along a beach or in the presence of a beautiful sunset or on the top of tall mountain. Can they also happen at a rock and roll concert? Why not? And what does Mick have to do with anything?

 
 November 11, 2007
The Interconnected Web of all Existence
Heloise Lynn

The UU search for truth and meaning is made manifest in different ways. All of us, consciously or unconsciously, are searching for truth and meaning, for from these, purpose usually arises.

 
 November 4, 2007
Turn the World Around
Gail Marriner

We all recognize our culture's broken-ness. The question is what can we as individuals and Unitarian Universalists do to change things and turn the world around?

 
 October 28, 2007
My Secret Journey
Margaret Anderson

Ms. Anderson, a persuasion trainer, discusses how the popular little book, The Secret, holds an important message for Uus

 
 October 21, 2007
Forgiving Life
Joanna Crawford

What does forgiveness mean to us, and how do we learn to forgive God, forgive others and perhaps most difficult, forgive ourselves?

 
 October 14, 2007
On Becoming More Awake
Patti Henry

UUA's first-ever Association Sunday. Development of our faith as well as our own personal development.

 
 October 7, 2007
A Thousand Lights for Peace
Atul Kothari

Mahatma Gandhi demonstrated to the world that nonviolent methods and Satyagraha (Holding to the Truth) can be used to bring about profound social change and lasting peace.  Mr. Kothari is Founder of Mahatma Gandhi Library.

 
 September 30, 2007
We are the Keepers of the Dream
Matt Tittle

This sermon compares Theodore Parker, M. L. King, Gandhi, and Jesus.

 
 September 23, 2007
Compassionate Communication
Bren Hardt

Bren Hardt is the Peace with Justice Coordinator for the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church

 
 September 16, 2007
What's so funny about Unitarian Universalism?
Patti Henry

Fill in for Rev. Teri Massengale

 
 September 9, 2007
UU Home Companion
Cheryl Perry

An Old Fashioned Radio Show brought to you by the folks at WNWC radio featuring: Tom Parker as Strom Darker, private eye

 
 September 2, 2007
Peace Dancers
Sunshine Sydney

Dance creates Peace within Ourselves, Peace in our Communities, and Peace in our World
creates Peace within Ourselves, Peace in our Communities, this as we Dance Together!

 
 August 26, 2007
The Four Noble Truths
Jill Carroll

Dr. Carroll discusses these central truths of Buddhism & how they can transform our lives

 
 August 19, 2007
Homecoming Sunday & Water Ceremony
Patti Henry

Annual Service welcoming congregants & friends back from the summer & water service

 
 August 12, 2007
The Joy of Music
Bil Cusack

Exploring the wonderful way music plays a role in UU traditions

 
 August 5, 2007
Kurt Vonnegut, Religion & The Meaning of Life
Hallie Moore

Join Hallie Moore (half humanist, half believer in the Force) to ponder the seriousness of these thoughts together

 
 July 29, 2007
The Dangers of Religious Fundamentalism
Jan Brahms

Exploration of dictates & dangers of conservatism & literalistic viewpoints of religion

 
 July 22, 2007
How can the painting ever hope to know the painter
Mark Webber

A glimpse into the teachings of the Baha'I faith

 
 July 15, 2007
The God Dialog
Judy Bunch

w/ Bennie Grezlik: Dialogue between the God of the Old Testament & a new, improved model

 
 July 8, 2007
Tolerance? Acceptance? How are Your -isms?
Cheryl Marshall

Think about the UU dedication to diversity, prejudice and what we mean by "acceptance"

 
 July 1, 2007
Conversation and Coffee

Conversational service discussing topic of the day

 
 June 24, 2007
Summer Solstice
Lucia Bettler

Summer urges us to grow - it is the season of fullness & productivity on the earth.

 
 June 17, 2007
Low Self Esteem & Fatherhood-The Crucial Connection
Patti Henry

Fathers Day: Patti & Bob Pryor discuss how the "Father" figure in the family can be an instrument of support & healing to the child.

 
 June 10, 2007
Spiritual Transformation & Healing
Liz Steele

Spiritual truths that we can draw on during our most challenging nights of the soul

 
 June 3, 2007
A Safe Place for All
Russell Erwin

Several speakers sharing thoughts & experiences about the Welcoming Congregation workshops

 
 May 27, 2007
Flower Communion
Patti Henry

Celebrating nature' extravagance & humanity's oneness

 
 May 20, 2007
Life's Transitions (& Bridging)
Tracy Cook

Celebrate the continuing spiral of our children's Religious Education

 
 May 13, 2007
Mothering the Mother
Joanna Crawford

Motherhood - the largest sorority in the world.  Celebrate the sisterhood it engenders.

 
 May 6, 2007
NWCUUC Youth: How Paganism Relates to Unitarian Universlism

How pagan beliefs & rituals relate to the seven principles of Unitarianism

 
 April 29, 2007
Living a Peaceful Life in a Turbulent World
Glenda Taylor

Balancing pressures from many different & often conflicting aspects of our world-inner & outer.  Creative juggling, different ways of approaching & definng reality.

 
 April 22, 2007
Love Will Guide Us
Era Buck

Strategies for using love as a guiding priciple in our lives

 
 April 15, 2007
Medical Ethics & Loving Choices
Scott Medlin

Rev. Medlin talks about loving & living life to the fullest & medical ethics related to "dying with dignity."

 
 April 8, 2007
Easter Sermon
Patti Henry

Celebrate Easter! What we can glean from this miraculous story of death & resurrection

 
 April 1, 2007
UU Wisdom From Middle Earth
Margaret Anderson

Were Frodo & Gandalf among the first Unitarians?  Frodo's Fellowship used many UU traits to cope, traits that can supply us with comfort, direction, beauty, and even fun as we work towards a better world

 
 March 25, 2007
Idealism & the "Real" World
Chris Cusack

The role of idealism in world where things don't always seem so hopeful

 
 March 18, 2007
Balance
Rob Barreda

How UU Faith brings balance to ourselves & community, nation & world

 
 March 11, 2007
Musical Service (Date of AIDS Walk, 2007)
Mad Agnes

Eclectic mix of contemporary singer-songwriter material w/ influences of classical, Celtic, folk/rock, PDQ Bach, & a touch of street theatre

 
 March 4, 2007
Is the Free Church Really Free
Dr. Claudett Peterson

Is all the freedom we enjoy really free of charge?

 
 February 25, 2007
Spirituality and Atheism?
Marti Nelson-Frazier, Russell Erwin & Daniel Jackson

This discussion presented by three members of our church. We will be challenging the stereotype of the atheist and learning how atheists can have a moral grounding and look for meaning in life as well as having a sense of the sacred. Various scenarios regarding this topic will be explored offering different perspectives.

 
 February 18, 2007
Too Much Fear,Too Little Love
Patti Henry

What would it take to move from fear ruling our lives to love ruling our lives? Too often fear keeps us from becoming our best selves. It keeps us from loving others. It keeps us from being a healing force in the world. Inspired by Nelson Mandela and the work of The New Warrior Training, psychotherapist and author Patti Henry will share thoughts on why it is essential that love triumph -- and how we can make that happen.

 
 February 11, 2007
Belly Laughs
Joanna Crawford

Noted Unitarian Rev. A. Powell Davies once said, "When we see our own grotesqueries, how quaint we are, how droll our ambitions are, how comical we are in almost all aspects, we automatically become more sane, less self-centered, more humble, more wholesome. To laugh at ourselves, we have to stand outside ourselves - and that is an immense benefit."

grotesqueries, how quaint we are, how droll our ambitions are, how comical we are in almost all aspects, we automatically become more sane, less self-centered, more humble, more wholesome. To laugh at ourselves, we have to stand outside ourselves - and that is an immense Noted Unitarian Rev. A. Powell Davies once said, "When we see our own grotesqueries, how quaint we are, how droll our ambitions are, how comical we are in almost all aspects, we automatically become more sane, less self-centered, more humble, more wholesome. To laugh at ourselves, we have to stand outside ourselves - and that is an immense Noted Unitarian Rev. A. Powell Davies once said, "When we see our own grotesqueries, how quaint we are, how droll our ambitions are, how comical we are in almost all aspects, we automatically become more sane, less self-centered, more humble, more wholesome.

 
 February 4, 2007
Finding My Dharma
Alok Kalia

By becoming a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation, I asserted my right to search for my own truth, to take responsibility for my actions, and to control my own destiny.

 
 January 28, 2007
Eradicating World Poverty
Cheryl Perry

Congregational Mtg. w/ Dr. Karin A. Klieman: Eradicating World Poverty: What Can I Do As Only One? We are pleased to have Dr. Klieman, Associate Professor (Africa) from the University of Houston
Houston as our speaker. Associate Professor(Africa) from the University of Houston as our speaker.

 
 January 21, 2007
Legalizing Drugs To Heal Our World
Dean Becker

N/A

 
 January 14, 2007
Interfaith Lessons From the Qur'an
Mustafa Yigit

The theme of "Peace and Living Together" in Islam and its Holy book Qur'an

 
 January 7, 2007
On Being Intentional
Bil Cusack

N/A

 
 December 31, 2006
Take a Good Hard Look
Patti Henry

Encouraging us to get out of our denials and into integrity

 
 December 24, 2006
Conversation and Coffee

Conversation and Coffee in am; traditional Christmas service in pm

 
 December 17, 2006
'Tis the Season
Liz Steele

RE Holiday performance following service

 
 December 10, 2006
Singing for Her Sanity
Lu Mitchell

Congregational meeting following service

 
 December 3, 2006
Revelations
Ann Baker

A sermon about when your child tells you he is gay

 
 November 26, 2006
A Brand New Canvas to Paint
Patti Henry

Embrace the new canvas you face each morning

 
 November 19, 2006
Lessons From the Russian Orthodox Church
Olga Pelecky

Life in Russia can be hard, but religion has helped the people to survive even the darkest times

 
 November 12, 2006
On Being Imperfect
Tracy Cook

We all do such a wonderful job of hiding our imperfections. We hide bulges, bumps, and wrinkles behind the latest fads. We hide our clutter behind closet doors and entire garages. We hide our feelings behind elaborate masks. But what are we missing? What have we lost, buried under so many layers? Come, take your seat, and learn how our imperfections can change the world!

 
 November 5, 2006
The Church of Personal Responsibility
Joanna Crawford

What is personal responsibility for a UU and how can we use it to live an authentic life filled with UU values?

 
 October 29, 2006
Day Of The Dead Celebration
Marti Nelson-Frazier

N/A

 
 October 22, 2006
Journey To Love
Woody Rae Forrieter

N/A

 
 October 15, 2006
A Time To Give, A Time To Receive
Rob Barreda

N/A

 
 October 8, 2006
The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Hitler?
Patti Henry

Figuring out difficult relationships

 
 October 1, 2006
The Language of Religion
Cheryl Marshall

N/A

 
 September 24, 2006
Conversation and Coffee

Speaker No-Show

 
 September 17, 2006
Autumn Equinox

A time to remember cycles, seasons, and the inevitability of change

 
 September 10, 2006
Reflections Post 9/11

N/A

 
 September 3, 2006
Conversation and Coffee

U-U Weekend

 
 August 27, 2006
21st Century: Living Crazy Busy
Patti Henry

The hurried life so many of us are trapped in

 
 August 20, 2006
Homecoming
Cheryl Perry

In this annual service, we welcome congregants and friends back from the summer and mark the beginning of the religious education year. Please bring your actual or symbolic sacred water collections from your summer travels to contribute to the water ceremony that is part of this traditional service.

 
 August 13, 2006
Omelet Spirituality
Bob Tucker

Spirituality is such an elusive term, taking on meanings that reflect the proclivity of each individual. For me, a large part of spirituality is our connection with the often difficult-to-articulate values, meanings and visions of our mortal lives. Attempting such articulation is an important part of our spirituality, as are the sermons we prepare and to which we listen.

 
 August 6, 2006
Faith in Action: How and Why to Grow our Congregation
Rob Barreda

For the Christian it is living a Christ-like life. In Islam it is showing complete surrender to Allah. In Buddhism it is outwardly living by the 10 precepts. Living your faith by example, a UU-like life, can save the world and grow our church.

 
 July 30, 2006
Church of the Larger Fellowship Sermon: Meant to Be

How can UUs reconcile that within their congregations some members believe in destiny/predetermination, while others do not? Are coincidences just that?

 
 July 23, 2006
More conversation and coffee
Rob Barreda

N/A

 
 July 16, 2006
Too Fat to Fly
Patti Henry

N/A

 
 July 9, 2006
For the Sake of the Song
Steve Brooks

Songwriting as a Spiritual Path

 
 July 2, 2006
Conversation and Coffee
Rob Barreda

N/A

 
 June 25, 2006
Finding Freedom with Prisoners
John Speer

N/A

 
 June 18, 2006
Father's Day: Wisdom Fathers Pass Down
Rob Barreda

Summary: In this sermon you will hear an important UU message about fathers and the non-material gifts they bring. All fathers and father figures welcome, as well as their networks of nurturees.

Bio: Rob, a member of this church, serves as Chair of the Membership committee and is active in many other roles within our congregation. His career has included stints as a member of the military, a musician, a photographer, and a journalist. He is the father of Heather, who attends our middle school R.E. class.

 
 June 11, 2006
Spiritual Journey Testimonials
Angela Jackson

What path brought you to this church, as a member or as a friend? This Sunday you will hear about the spiritual journey of two people in our church community. Dan and Angie began their spiritual paths growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormon faith.

Our Music Fellowship Covenant Group will be playing prelude and postlude on June 11.

 
 June 4, 2006
Magical Mystery Tour
Chuck Freeman

Ways of hearing and relationship exist which are beyond human voice and presence. If we limit our reality to the concrete and human, our outlook may become grim. When we expand our circle, a vastness is opened.

Rev. Chuck Freeman shares the Austin Live Oak UU Church ministry team with the Rev. Kathleen Ellis. Like many ministers of Unitarian Universalist churches, Chuck was ordained in another faith; however, he took all the classes and passed the exam to at last attain the rank of preliminary fellowshipped UU minister. In late June of 2000, he marched at the General Assembly, got his official certificate, and completed the final leg of his journey to UU ministerhood. Chuck has a radio show, Soul Talk, live on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. You can find it on the Internet and listen to the program live on streaming audio.

 
 May 28, 2006
The War Within
Woody Rae Forrieter

What do you think about the war in Iraq?  What do you think about war in general?  On this Sunday before Memorial Day Woody Forrieter will talk about achieving peace in your lifetime.  Prediction:  No weapons of mass destruction will be found in this sermon

 
 May 21, 2006
Children's Religious Education End of Year Service
Katy Carpman

Join us for an intergenerational celebration--remembering the year, honoring our RE teachers, and bridging our students on to the next level in their religious explorations.

 
 May 14, 2006
Mother's Day
Patti Henry

All moms and people who have had moms are invited today to explore birth stories, the wisdom of mom, and how much the world is in need of mothering.  Please join Liz Steele and Patti Henry in looking at using female energy and intuition to heal the world. Hats and gloves are welcome.

 
 May 7, 2006
Congregational Transitions
Dana Ashrawi

Our church has been growing! Come hear about signs of congregational growth transition, theories of conflict, and methods for navigating change and conflict.

 
 April 30, 2006
What Do We Worship

NWCUUC Youth: What Do We Actually Worship After the Call to Worship

 
 April 23, 2006
Beltane
Kristen D. Shellenberg

Earth Day and Native American Spirituality

 
 April 16, 2006
Easter - Raised from the Dead: A Celebration of Life
Patti Henry

N/A

 
 April 9, 2006
Flower Communion
Liz Steele

N/A

 
 April 2, 2006
Justice Sunday
Pamela A. Bryson

N/A

 
 March 26, 2006
Hope for the Earth
Cath Conlon

Don’t miss this Sunday with environmentally correct contractor Cath Conlon -- who builds using no carcinogens -- and hear the good news that is happening around the globe to save the earth.

A dynamic, passionate speaker, Cath Conlon, is an active member and supporter of the Bioneers, plus the owner of the Blackwood Land Institute where thousands of students come to study the land each year. Find out what you can do to think globally and act locally!

 
 March 19, 2006
Building a Life, One Brick at a Time
David

N/A

 
 March 12, 2006
The Bible and Homosexuality
Christopher McCarthy

Sermon by Rev. Mike Morran
Why is so much time, energy, and effort directed by the far Christian Right organizations and many of their deeply conservative politician associates to keep gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons in permanent secondclass citizen status? Learn about some of the common Biblical quotations used in the discussion, and how to respond from a liberal religious point of view. Chris McCarthy will deliver a sermon by Rev. Mike Morran given to the First Unitarian Church of Denver, Colorado, October 19, 2003.

 
 March 5, 2006
Clear Your Clutter
Cheryl Perry

Come hear about more ways of achieving peace in your life. Cheryl Perry has studied yoga and meditation for 14 years. She is currently a student of Human Development at the University of Houston and a part-time yoga teacher.

 
 February 26, 2006
Being a Reluctant Radical
David Pyle

William Ellery Channing is often called the "father of Unitarianism", and yet his theological beliefs were quite different than that of many UU’s today. Does Channing have influence on modern Unitarian Universalism? We will explore how the example of Channing is the inspiration for how we Unitarian Universalists conduct Social Action and Social Witness.

David Pyle is the Administrator of the UU Fellowship of Galveston County. A UU Seminary Student at the Meadville Lombard Theological School, David plans to return to the U.S. Army as a UU Military Chaplain. While on Active Duty, David served in Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, and Bosnia. He holds a Bachelors degree from East Tennessee State University in History and Political Science, and is active in social witness in Galveston.

 
 February 19, 2006
Keeping the Faith: One Woman’s Journey
Anne Feeney

For more than 30 years Anne Feeney has made a career of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. As an activist, an attorney, a writer, a songwriter and a mother, she has spent her life on the frontlines. She will share what keeps her going - her inspirations and motivators.
From Anne’s website, www.annefeeney.com: I’m an activist, organizer, songwriter, folksinger, troublemaker and hell raiser from Pittsburgh, PA. I graduated from high school in 1968 and worked for a year to save up enough money to buy the beautiful Martin D-28 guitar that I still play. The Vietnam war and the Civil Rights Movement shaped my conscience and consciousness. I worked for a dozen years or so as a trial attorney and I have two great kids, Dan and Amy Berlin.
Now, I’m on the road 200+ days a year... all over the US and Canada, and more recently, Sweden and Denmark. If you’re on strike, or in an organizing drive, or doing community organizing for women’s rights, the environment, human rights, anti-poverty or anti-racist work, I want to be there. The most current news about what I’ve been up to is on my blog (http://fellow-travelers-advisory.blogspot.com).

Reviews: "Anne Feeney is the best labor singer in North America." - Utah Phillips
"If I had a cause - and who doesn’t? - I’d want Anne Feeney singing for me." - Stephen Ide, Dirty Linen Magazine
"Congratulations on your fine songwriting!" - Pete Seeger
"Anne is a role model for us. She has lived her songs." - Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary)

 
 February 12, 2006
This Too Shall Pass: The Concept of Impermanence
Rob Barreda

For some people, one of the most difficult things to realize is that everything in our lives is temporary, from the struggles, adversity and sadness in our lives, to our successes, triumphs and joy. In embracing this concept, we can discover a sense of comfort, humility, and, hopefully, contentment and balance.

Rob, a member of this church, serves as Chair of the Membership committee. His career has included stints as a member of the military, a musician, a photographer, and a journalist. He is the father of Heather, who attends our middle school R.E. class.

 
 February 5, 2006
Healing
Patti Henry

Recently, several members and friends of our beloved congregation have developed health challenges. Perhaps you or a loved one in your circle may also be dealing with a health problem. We have enjoyed sermons on the power of meditation and mindfulness in healing. In this service, learn about how you can help yourself and others with some other powerful yet surprisingly simple acts.

Patti Henry, psychotherapist and marriage counselor, is a member of this church, active in many roles, and is the author of The Emotionally Unavailable Man, a Blueprint for Healing. She has delivered numerous sermons at this church.

 
 January 29, 2006
Rejuvenation
Tracy Cook

As a small (but growing!) lay-led community, we are often asked to help with the running of our church. We need volunteers to do this and that, committee members and chairs. And have you purchased the latest whatnot? It can be overwhelming at times. But this church also has a lot to fill you back up. Want to know more? Come and take your seat. Tracy Cook has been a member of this church for 2 years. She is married and has two sons. She is an elementary school teacher. She likes to read, coo, and eat.

 
 January 22, 2006
Becoming Welcoming
Ron Bosch

Northwest Community UU Church is exploring becoming a welcoming congregation. We are vibrant, and outgoing. Most of us are interested in growing the church, and many are heavily invested in growing our UU faith. All of these ideas start with us being a friendly place for others to experience. In a word, welcoming. So, are we welcoming? We need to decide what exactly welcoming means to NWCUUC before we can determine whether we in fact are. Then we need to find out how to become more welcoming. Only then can we reach our full potential.

Ron Bosch is a fun, smart, and caring fat guy. He has four kids who are amazingly well adjusted, considering they have lived with him for their whole lives. He has an amazing, talented, beautiful wife who thinks she is none of those things. Ron works as a Development Chemist for an oilfield chemical company, and spent twelve years in the U.S. Navy on Nuclear Subs and in Law Enforcement. He has been a UU for 5 years after taking a decade to recover from a bout of lukewarm fundamentalism.

 
 January 15, 2006
Taking Our Measure (UUism)
Alok Kalia

Dr. Kalia identifies the seeds of our current beliefs in the Universalism and Unitarianism of 200 years ago, takes stock of where we are today, and attempts to define our future path.

Alok Kalia, MD is Director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is a member of the Bay Area UU Church where he has served on the Board of Directors and chaired the Committee on Ministry and the Community Service Committee. He considers himself a Hindu and feels very much at home in the UU environment.

 
 January 8, 2006
Being Peaceful
Cheryl Perry

We live in one of the most violent cultures on earth. How do the attitudes of a violent culture affect us and in what ways can we remain at peace with ourselves and others? Learn some useful methods that we can use to bring the yogic concept of ahimsa (non-harming) into our troubled world and apply it to our daily lives.

Cheryl Perry has studied yoga and meditation for 14 years. She is currently a student of Human Development at the University of Houston and a part-time yoga teacher.

 
 January 1, 2006
Housekeeping for the Soul
Bil Cusack

Rita & Bil Cusack did this service

 
 December 11, 2005
Childrens' RE Holiday Program
Katy Carpman

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

 
 December 4, 2005
Advent 1: Waiting
Lucia Bettler

Lucia Bettler - For centuries, Advent has been a time of spiritual reflection as well as cheer and anticipation

 
 November 27, 2005
Boosting Your Spiritual IQ: Part III
Patti Henry

Growth Choices vs. Fear Choices

 
 November 13, 2005
The Dreamtime: Part II
Heloise Lynn

For Those Who Find the Journey as Important as the Destination

 
 November 6, 2005
The Dreamtime: The Australian Aborigines
Lynn, Heloise

First of two sermons on the aborigines worldview

 
 October 30, 2005
Halloween

N/A

 
 October 23, 2005
The Power and Practice of Prayer
Liz Steele

Prayer as a spiritual connection to all that is sacred and holy in our lives

 
 October 16, 2005
Sex and the Sanctuary
Joanna Crawford

A frank and provocative talk about taboos

 
 August 28, 2005
The Difference: A Mixed Blessing
Ann Baker

Author of "Walk Like A Man: A family's walk with Clay and his walk with being gay and living with AIDS"

 
 August 21, 2005
Homecoming & Water Sunday

RE Coordinator, Teacher & Students

 
 July 3, 2005
A Spirituality of Imperfection
Rev. Liz Brown

Rev. Liz Brown

 
 May 22, 2005
Transitions
Katy Carpman

Celebrating our children moving from one grade to the next

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