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,…