Speaker: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall

The Long and Short of It

February is the shortest month of the calendar year, and yet sometimes it seems to go on and on and on. What is it about the nature of our experience, our hopes and our fears, that bends our perception of time? How can we live in the flow of hours and days to bring joy and gratitude into every moment?

Exemplars

Presidents Day celebrates George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as leaders revered in our nation’s heritage. We know these men were human, imperfect as are we all, and so we are called in our time to acknowledge their shortcomings, and to celebrate the positive influences they brought to the world. How do we choose our exemplars, and how do we balance our understanding of human imperfection with the gifts that have created the world that is now ours to shape for the future?

Love Expanding

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There are so many varieties of love – Philia, Pragma, Storge, Eros, Ludus, Mania, Philautia, Agape. We proclaim to be a faith centered in the spirit of love — what does that really mean, and how do we make it real among us and in the world?

Imbolc

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The spring season is ushered in by the Pagan celebration of Imbolc, marking the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Celebrating the pagan goddess Brigid, Goddess of fire, healing and fertility, at Imbolc life quickens beneath the surface, as the seeds of rebirth germinate in the dark. Let us reflect in this time on our own regeneration, as we find new hope in the promise of Spring.

Hearing, Listening, Connecting, Creating

Although hearing is the first sense we develop, even before we are born, listening and connecting by really hearing the deep truth of another person is a skill we cultivate through our lifetimes. Let us explore the various ways we listen, how our hearing can deepen connection, and how together in our listening and hearing we bring our creative power to the world.

Intersections

Paths cross, roads meet, intersections are everywhere in our lives. None of us is just one thing, and so we find intersections as well in our identities. How do the intersections in race, age, gender, sexual orientation, body style, abilty and other elements of identity generate wider patterns of privilege and oppression in our society, and how can we be intentional in assuring equity and justice in all our complex diversity?

Voting Rights and Democracy

The fifth principle of our UU faith states that we affirm “the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” In this nation founded on the democratic process, voter suppression has been used systematically to perpetuate the dominance of those in power. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 proposes to restrict state legislatures from passing bills that make it harder to vote, disproportionately deterring racial minorities from voting, and the Freedom to Vote Act of 2021 protects elections from partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression. Join us as we explore how these bills are vital to the protection of our democracy.

Celebrating the Big Bang

In the season of new beginnings, let us celebrate the birth of the universe, in all its stardust wonder, with all we know and all that still remains shrouded in mystery.

A New Year

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Our lives are filled with beginnings — the start of a new year, a new job, a new relationship — and every beginning implies an ending of what has gone before. So now, as we bid farewell to 2021 and prepare to learn whatever 2022 has to offer, may we re-commitment to possibility in our lives, and in the world.

Carols and Candles on the Labyrinth

Our voices lift to celebrate the season with caroling in the frosty air, in the beauty of the Labyrinth. In a tradition that dates back centuries, we will keep it simple, joining our voices in beloved music of the season. Music handouts will be provided, and candles for sharing the light. Everyone is welcome, please wear a mask, dress for the weather and bring your own chair if you want to sit.