10:00 AM In-person and via ZoomTheology has much to say about the attributes of God, omnipotence, omniscience, love, justice, and so on, but what about the appearance of God? In the Christian scripture we’re told, “No man hath seen God at any time” (John 1:18). Yet in Genesis, Jacob says, “I have seen God face to face” (Genesis 32:30). When … Read More
The first step of a spiritual life is recognizing that there exists something larger than myself, something which contains and supports me, but is more than me, perhaps even more valuable than me alone. When that larger thing needs our defense, we face the question of sacrifice. What are we willing to give, so the larger thing might flourish?
10:00 AM, In-person and via Zoom Martin Luther King wasn’t just “Dr. King.” He was a seminary-educated, ordained, Christian minister. His vision for Black Americans was a religious vision. Though religion has become popularly associated only with conservative politics, religion’s ability to connect moral principles with ultimate visions remains a powerful asset for social change.
Homily: Radical Hope in Revelatory Times This time in history feels very precarious. Not only are there many unknowns as always but, especially in this country, we seem to be hovering at the edge of a precipice, at risk of falling into an abyss. What are the pathways and strategies to regain our balance and move away from the cliff toward … Read More
Janus is the mythological god with two faces–one facing back and one facing forward. This New Year’s Day lay-led FIRE COMMUNION service calls on the dual power of the flames to both burn away and forge a way forward. As the service progresses, each of us are invited to recast the hurts, worries, and regrets of 2022 as lessons, and … Read More
Be Not Afraid”, By Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels December 24, 2022 5:00 PMIn-Person in Sanctuary and Via Zoom In the Christmas story, angels tell Joseph and later the Shepherds, “Do not be afraid.” Something wonderful but challenging is happening, the old order is disturbed. If we wish to change our lives or change the world around us we must accept risk, … Read More
The story of Hanukkah tells us that once the temple had been defiled by Antiochus, and won back by the Maccabees, it needed to be re-dedicated to the true principles of the faith. When we’ve lost our way. When we’ve suffered through conflict, and come through. Part of healing is to name and claim our true selves again.
“Service is our prayer” is an important part of our Unitarian Universalist covenant. Every Tuesday morning from 7:30 AM till noon, a devoted group of volunteers—many from UUCSC—spend time serving the houseless folks in our neighborhood. Since April 2021, our church, under the auspices of NoHo Home Alliance, has been running a drop-in program for homeless folks. We had a rocky … Read More
After weaving together several strands from several sources that form our inherited identity, at last we come to the most recent and surprising strand: each of us. The inherent worth and dignity of every person means that each one of us adds something important and new. You are not just the legacy of your ancestors. You are yourself. And Unitarian … Read More