Gratitude and Grace

Audio File: Opening Words As human beings we are social animals…literally.  Dozens of studies have demonstrated that satisfying relationships are as important a factor in our long-term health as adequate nutrition, quality sleep, exercise, and other good habits.  People who are well connected– to family of origin or family of choice—to friends, and to their…

Patchwork People

Audio File:   Opening Words  Quilt Sunday is a time honored tradition here at the UUCP- organized by the Purple Paisley quilters, whose beautiful work we just raffled off.  I love quilts- especially crazy quilts- as a metaphor for how diverse people come together in community to create a whole that is greater and more beautiful…

Enoughness

Audio Files: Opening Words  In this society, we are subjected to tremendous pressure to do more, buy more, be more.  We’re supposed to have satisfying and successful careers, rich and happy relationships with family and friends, and interesting hobbies that we can post about on social media.  We are bombarded with messages that say that…

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…