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…

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…