Love and Chaos: Invitations of the Spiritual Life, 3/3/24

What might it take for us to understand that the way things are, what the World includes, is not simply a problem or problems to be solved? That Life calls us to be present (and humble, honest, courageous, grateful, amazed) in all the ways we can, no matter what is happening? A new generation of philosopher-theologians have much to teach us.

Rev. Jill McAllister

“Where Justice Begins,” 2/25/2024


“Justice” has been named as a central value in Unitarian Universalism for generations. We are for it. We work for it. We work to understand it. And still, there is much to learn. Most often we think that justice is public work, community work, political work. But what if it is first and foremost soul work? Without getting waylaid by wanting to define “soul,” let’s consider what justice requires, what it asks of us, what it needs from us.


Rev. Jill McAllister

“Shared Ministry as Improv,” 2/18/2023

So much is changing in our world, faith, and congregational lives. As we engage this changing reality, we need tools to help us meet the needs of this liminal time. Improvisation can provide us with a framework for shared ministry, and life!

Our guest preacher, The Rev. Darrick Jackson (he/him), is the Director of Ministries for Lifelong Learning of the UU Ministers Association. He is one of the authors in the book “Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry.” Rev. Darrick is active in DRUUMM (the UU ministry for people of color) and is the treasurer for Healing Moments (a ministry for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s). He is pursuing his D.Min in Theology and the Arts at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Rev. Darrick and his husband, Dr. James Olson, live with their two cats, Merlin and Morgana. After Service Continued Conversation: Treat yourself refreshments at the Coffee Hour, then join Darrick and Jill McA at 11:45 AM in the Sanctuary for further conversation about improvisation for congregational life and life in the world. All are welcome.

“The Meeting of Two Giants: A Black History Month Reflection”

They were two men of small physical stature, but Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh were both giants: religious giants, spiritual giants, moral giants. They met twice – both brief meetings – but the effects of their meetings were and are profound. Between them they gave a depth and breadth to the idea of “Beloved Community” which few since have been able to fully grasp or commit to. What might we learn from the stories of their meeting?

with Jill McAllister

“The Meeting of Two Giants: A Black History Month Reflection” 2/11/2024

They were two men of small physical stature, but Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh were both giants: religious giants, spiritual giants, moral giants. They met twice – both brief meetings – but the effects of their meetings were and are profound. Between them they gave a depth and breadth to the idea of “Beloved Community” which few since have been able to fully grasp or commit to. What might we learn from the stories of their meeting?

with Jill McAllister

“Imbolc” – February 4, 2024, 10 AM

This Sunday we observe and celebrate Imbolc (also known as Candlemas), the point on the Wheel of the Year halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The first hints of Spring are beginning to show themselves, the light is very slowly returning, and it’s a time to plant the seeds of everything we hope will grow this year and let go of things that no longer serve us! This is a time of year for contemplating mysteries, and speaking about the unspeakable, mysterious, hard-to-describe parts of being alive. All ages join in worship together.

“The Endless Conversation,” 1/28/2024

“The endless conversation” is another way to say “Life”, or “living life”, or “the religious life.” It is a recognition that living is not a problem to be solved or a solution to discover, but an ongoing interchange – biological, physical, emotional, spiritual, and more.  Recognizing the conversational structure of being human can help us nurture an inner core of strength and courage, and create and sustain true community.

with Rev. Jill McAllister

Intergenerational Friendships, 1/21/2024

The RE Council invites us to explore the impact of developing friendships outside of our immediate age group in the 4th annual iGen January service.

(Rescheduled from 1/14/2024)

To Build This Network of Trust, 1/7/2024

Our ideals and commitments as religious people call us to live in right relations with ourselves, others and Life.  We know this at some level, yet we still have much to learn about what right relations requires of us, including skills and practices which foster right relations.  If you come for “community” these are the skills and practices that create and sustain it. Let’s begin the new year with renewed intentions. 

with Rev. Jill McAllister

Winter Earth and A New Year Coming, 12/31/2023

Seasons  make a difference in how we live, even if only a little. Winter has its gifts and challenges, and its particular Pacific Northwest offerings. It’s good to appreciate each season in its turn. And since our calendar changes at this time of year, we’ll consider what may be in store for us in the coming year. All ages are welcome at this service which will conclude with multi-generational activities.

with Rev. Jill McAllister