The Burning Service

Opening Words  Today is the first day of a new year!  And we here at the UU Church of the Palouse will mark this turning with three special rituals…one that remembers those we have lost, one that helps us let go of the things from the old year we don’t want to carry any longer,…

The Light We Cannot See

Opening Words  These are the weeks in the year when the nights are long and cold…and dark.  For millennia, human beings have responded to the dark by celebrating the light.  In our time, this takes the shape of hanging electric lights everywhere, as well as putting fires in the fire place and lighting candles.  It’s…

The Home that Love Made

Story for All Ages: Once upon a time, there were two great cities, and between them, a road.  The road was long and the terrain was rough.  Even with the finest horses it was impossible to get from the first city to the second in one day. Nevertheless, traffic along the road was brisk, for…

The Task Before Us

I imagine there are a lot of different feelings in this room.  I know, because some of you have shared it with me, that there is grief and shock and fear.  I know there is determination, but that some people aren’t ready to move on to action yet.  I know that there is anger- and…

Trampling the Patriarchy

Each and every person in this room has had their personhood constrained, in some way, by patriarchy.  Those of you who are cis-gender, heterosexual men, at the top of the privilege pyramid, even you are victims of patriarchy.  You were forced into the patriarchal model of masculinity, and I would venture a guess that it…

Hope

Today I am going to begin with a tale of two hymns.  The first one is #281 in the grey hymnal:  O God, Our Help in Ages Past.  Give it a look-see. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home……

Embracing Imperfection: Faults, Flaws and Failure

Let’s just take it as a given—nobody’s perfect. We have core values, high standards for what it means to be human- and we all sometimes fall short. We all have habits, personality quirks, and physical characteristics that we would just as soon live without. We have all bitten off more than we could chew, or…