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…

Five Years After Ferguson

Five Years After Ferguson  AUDIO UU Church of the Palouse · September 1, 2019  Opening Words Five years ago, I traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, in response to a call that went out far and wide for people, and particularly clergy, to attend protest marches organized in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown, Jr.  At…