White Lies

White Lies UU Church of the Palouse · January 19, 2020 Video           Audio  Time for all Ages   Do you know the song we sing each week as you head off to your classes?  Do you know what it’s called?  It’s called the “Reeb Benediction,” and it’s named after a man called…

Understanding the Epidemic

Understanding the Epidemic UU Church of the Palouse · January 12, 2020 Audio Video Opening Words Breathe with me. This morning, we are talking about gun violence.  It’s not an easy topic at any time.  For those of us who have been around for at least five years, it may be especially difficult right now, hard…

Deep Joy (Christmas Eve, 2020)

Christmas Eve Service:  Deep Joy December 24, 2019, 8 pm ● UU Church of the Palouse  Audio Video Opening Words    In honor of the 300th anniversary of the hymn “Joy to the World,” this evening we’ll reflect together on the words of the hymn and shape and value of joy itself.  Joy is a natural…

Aweism

Aweism UU Church of the Palouse · December 15, 2019 Audio video Opening Words  About eleven years ago, Hugh Harkins, a much beloved, long time member of the congregation I was serving at the time, came to my office hours with a copy of “Free Inquiry” magazine in his hands.  He said, “there’s finally a word…

Waiting

Waiting UU Church of the Palouse · December 8, 2019 Opening Words We are currently in the season of Advent, a time when the focus of Christian practice is on waiting.  While Unitarian Universalism grows from Christian roots, our hopes and expectations have gotten bigger and messier through the years…kind of like our faith.  But…

Kindness

Audio Video UU Church of the Palouse · November 17, 2019 Opening Words What if I were to assert that in today’s world, kindness is subversive? Audre Lorde once said, “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will…

In the Shadows

UU Church of the Palouse · November 3, 2019 Audio Video The further we get from civilization, the more we can see.   On sabbatical, I visited several official “dark sky” parks, and I took full advantage, staying up late to appreciate the thick blanket of stars usually invisible to the naked eye.  Sometimes the moon…

Power of Place

UU Church of the Palouse · October 13, 2019 Audio Video Opening Words We have lifted up Indigenous People’s Day in worship each year at least since I arrived in 2012, and perhaps longer.  We take advantage of this annual opportunity to take a more honest look at the history of this continent- acknowledging that…

Whose Are We

Whose Are We UU Church of the Palouse · October 6, 2019  Opening Words The question, “Who am I?” leads us to reflect on identity, purpose, and meaning.  But make the slight change- “Whose am I?” and we have an invitation to reflect on what holds us, binds us together, connects us to something greater. …

Telling it Like It Is

Telling it Like it Is  Audio UU Church of the Palouse · September 15, 2019 Opening Words There are certain cultural myths that shape who we are.  These myths come and go as society changes and evolves.  For example, I’m pretty sure that “Children should be seen and not heard” is a story that’s on its…