What’s in a name? Or more specifically, a personal pronoun? How we refer to ourselves and each other is critical to our sense of being welcomed, of being known as we wish to be known. Yes, there is a spiritual practice here!
Rev. Cyndi Simpson
Our UU Third Principle calls us to mutual acceptance and encouragement of spiritual growth. A trip to India where she experienced a vital religious pluralism taught Cyndi how we can be engaged in one another’s spiritual lives more intentionally.
What does it mean to be a People of Welcome? Is there a spiritual practice at the core of welcoming? It begins with how we share ourselves and how we care for one another within and beyond this Beloved Religious Community.
Today in small groups, supported by story and song, we will consider our own identity as UUs here at Second Unitarian. Expect birds, children and youth, oh my!
Valentine’s Day is coming – time to preach about LOVE! How do we gain the intimate partnerships that we most want to have? Maybe it’s not about who the other person is but about knowing ourselves better. Cyndi will unpack this idea based on her favorite book about intimate partnerships.
One of our Goals is about our congregation having a “clear and shared identity as UUs.” How is that the same or different as any one of our personal religious identities? And why is a shared identity something worth having?
Includes pdf of sermon.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, let’s hear about one way we can begin to right the wrongs to African-American people. Listen to audio of the sermon and view pdf copies of the sermon and of the story preceding the sermon, “Greenwood, Oklahoma” by Rev. Cyndi Simpson.
Last Spring we heard from Rev Florence Caplow, a wildlife biologist, about resilience from her perspective. Today, we hear of resilience again, from Cyndi’s public health viewpoint. It is good news, indeed, about what Intention can accomplish in our lives.
What does it mean to be a people of Intention, whether for the New Year or always? What do we do together when we set intentions in community? Intention is about change, but the key is the focus of that change.
Includes pdf of sermon.
In a traditional service of Readings and Carols, we will hear again the story of the birth of Jesus. We will reflect on where the hope can be found for Unitarian Universalists in the Jesus story. Our offering will support the Minister’s Discretionary Fund.