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Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Our minds might go to different places when we hear the word “sanctuary”, but at the end of the day, sanctuary implies refuge, safety, and a sacred or special location.  Sanctuary can be a city, a school, or a church; the UUFC and all UU fellowships are clear on their position as being places where people can feel […]

Behind today’s music…

by Lauren Servias

Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens are known for their catchy, beautiful, and very singable musicals, including Ragtime, Once on this Island, Seussical, and Lucky Stiff.  Few know, however, that Flaherty and Ahrens have also dipped their toes into the waters of film scoring, and created a magical soundtrack for the 1997 animated film Anastasia.  Anastasia is […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Failure and fear of failure are universal – we all have experienced defeat and are afraid of that crushing feeling that occurs when we don’t succeed. Today’s music draws from stories and narratives about this feeling – and how as Elizabeth’s Sollie’s and Jill McCallister’s sermons stated, one can’t let their fear of failure stop them from […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

“The world has gone mad.”  This was the Facebook status that I posted at 9:09 PM on Tuesday, November 8th, and a week and a half later, I still feel this way.  Coldplay’s “The Scientist” is a beautiful ballad that alludes to feeling powerless; it helped set the contemplative and still mood that I wanted the […]

What We Can Do

by Jill McAllister

Suggestions from the UUA Office of Multicultural Ministries Join the We Say Enough! campaign of the Interfaith Organizing Initiative (a coalition of denominations and organizing networks). Sign the Moral Manifesto, sign up for the On Call for the Movement Virtual Mass Meetings, and attend or host a radical truth-telling speak-out in your community. We recently […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

I cannot tell a lie.  I didn’t know what music I was going to play today.  I have been emotionally drained for the past week and while music has been so essential to my own processing of current events, I was drawing a blank for what music to play for today’s services.  Some of you […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Shame.  A heavy word with heavy connotations.  And, the theme of today’s sermon at the UUFC.  Combined with the grey, drizzly weather and the relentless reminders that we are near the climax of a grueling election season, I felt that this morning’s prelude needed a little lightness to combat the above conditions.  I selected “Riverside Walk” […]

Between Us

by Jill McAllister

In this month we’ll arrive at the end of the election season, and begin the days and era which follow it. Both require fortitude, and both call us to pay close attention to how we are living the values we espouse. The election will not be the end of challenges. With all the realities of […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Today’s sermon was an important and necessary message for all to remember and have empathy for those who lack the privileges that others take for granted – all because of the color of their skin. The prelude, Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” is well-loved (and rightly so) and to me seemed to go hand-in-hand with Jill’s message […]

Between Us – A Brave Year Calls 

by Jill McAllister

We begin a new Fellowship year together. We begin again. This is the hallmark of the religious life, and of most spiritual practice. To begin again and again and again. Our starting place this year is challenging, to say the least. We still face incredible devastation of the life systems of the earth. We face […]