Anger

Opening Words  So far, since September, we’ve dedicated a Sunday to a number of different feelings:  Fear and Anxiety, Hope, Joy, Guilt and Shame.  Today, we’re wrestling with anger.  I personally find anger to be one of the trickiest emotions to work with. Where most feelings point to an intuitive response that is helpful, anger…

Healing Through Creativity

In the nineties, I volunteered at a rape crisis center as an advocate.  When they acquired their building, one of the things they did was to invite clients to paint a tile or two as part of their healing process.  The tiles were then assembled into a wall mural, sort of like they have in…

Dancing in the Storm

We live in one of the best places on earth for weather-watching…don’t you think?  The light here is amazing, and sunset colors are spectacular.  We get ‘leftover’ weather, which often means the cloud formations are unusual.  And we’re in “big sky country,” with not much blocking our view, so the canvas is gigantic.  We get…

Post Traumatic Growth

Have I ever told you the story of my very first ministry?  It was a spectacular failure. I had my first child during my last year in seminary and my second child during my internship, and so when I entered the ministerial job market for the first time, I had a two year old and…

Resistance and Resilience

Opening Words  Today is the first in a five-Sunday series on the theme of Resistance and Resilience.  When I speak of resistance, I’m not talking about the Star Wars, “Rebellions are built of hope” kind of resistance, but our own internal resistance.  Sometimes resistance is a helpful thing- we resist the temptation to whine or…

Feeling Tones: Guilt and Shame

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Jamie Derrick One of my teachers, James Hollis, tells the story of Ilse, the daughter of a prominent Christian physician in Lublin, Germany during WWII.  Ilse went to the Jewish open market on a sunny Friday in 1944 to buy vegetables for her family dinner.  On Fridays the market filled with devout…

MLK Weekend: Love and Power

Reading from the Addendum to “Are You Politically Correct?” by the Rev. Josh Pawalek For many years, Unitarian Universalists with disabilities and their allies have raised concerns about the song, “Standing on the Side of Love,” by the Rev. Jason Shelton, Associate Minister for Music at the First Unitarian Church of Nashville, TN. Standing on…