Elder Treasures

Audio File: Opening Words Getting older is not for sissies.  It involves a lot of loss.  Some of us gradually lose our physical capabilities.  Some of us gradually lose our mental capacities, and especially our short term memory.  The world changes; you can’t live to be eighty without seeing huge cultural and technological shifts…and change…

One Little Word

UU Church of the Palouse · October 8, 2017 Audio File:   Opening Words  We strive to be people of good conscience.  We pay attention.  We acknowledge the big, complex, horrible problems like systemic racism and sexism and homophobia and violence and global climate change.  We see and name all the myriad ways individuals and society…

Meeting Life with an Open Heart

UU Church of the Palouse · October 1, 2017 Audio File: Opening Words Society tells us: If we want our homes to be safe, we need to live in gated communities. If we want our jobs to be safe, we need to keep out immigrants and refugees. If we want our kids to be safe,…

Sanctuary Cities have a Sacred History

Audio File: Our Sanctuary Cities have a Sacred History by Nick Gier The people of the Ancient Middle East practiced radical hospitality, and the Israelites were no exception: “When a stranger sojourns in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among…

Becoming the Beloved Community

UU Church of the Palouse · September 17th, 2017 Audio File: Opening Words Today, we’ll reflect on the journey toward Beloved Community- where have we been?  Where are we now?  And what are our next steps? Or where do we come from?  What are we?  And where are we going? Our UU values call upon…

At Home in the World

  We humans are such odd animals.  How many of you have spent time with a baby in some capacity?  You can practically see the neural pathways sparking.  According to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, in the first few years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed…

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…