Skillful Speaking

Just out of curiosity…how many of you have experienced tension in relationships with family members over politics?  How about friends? Any severed connections?  Friendships ended?  Family not speaking to one another? That’s what I thought.  It’s gotten pretty tense; it was bad during the run up to the election, and I think it’s even worse…

Deep Listening

  Opening Words  Today’s service is the first of two on the theme of “Conversations that Matter.”  Human beings are social animals, and our communities are woven out of relationships of mutual caring, which are woven in turn out of conversations that matter- conversations where we connect, not mind to mind, or opinion to opinion,…

Have Faith

Words in regular font are written by Tara Howe; Words in italics come from Rev. Elizabeth Stevens Audio Files: “Be still and know that I’m with you, Be still, be still, and know…” I remember, when I was a little girl, in a concrete tenement house on a university campus, inhabited partly by love, but infused…

Mother’s Day Flower Communion

May 14, 2017 Audio File:   Opening Words:  Today, we’ll be reflecting on four different ‘flavors’ of love that are commonly associated with mothers.  There’s the fierce Mama Bear love that follows us where ever we go and keeps us safe.  There’s the love that feeds and nourishes us so that we can grow.  There’s…

Teach in: Racism and White Supremacy

UU Church of the Palouse · April 30, 2017 Sound Files: Opening Words  This morning, we are joining more than 600 other UU congregations in a historic attempt to listen to and learn from the leaders of color within our faith community.  This opportunity comes to us courtesy of several organizations, most notably BLUU- Black…

For the Tree to Grow, Water the Roots

Audio Files: Elizabeth:  Yesterday was the March for Science.  How many of you were able to go? Here’s what science has to tell us about the effects of a regular meditation practice: Studies have demonstrated that people who meditate are healthier.  Meditation lowers blood pressure and protects against heart disease.  It strengthens our immune system…