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The Gospel of Q

The Gospel of Q

By: Rev.  Annie Holmes

 

 

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UCC Shooting Memorial Service

On Sunday, October 4th besides the sermon that I have prepared, I am going to set aside part of the worship service so there will be a time for people to express their feelings over the tragedy today at UCC and a chance to light candles for healing.  I know this is a difficult time for all of our Roseburg community, and we as a church need to come together in a special way to mourn and discuss and of course hug one another.  The minister from the Eugene church, Rev. Syndey Morris will be joining us for the service and offering her support and that of the Eugene UU church.  Please know that as a faith community we will be together in a special way on Sunday lending our hearts and minds and our support to one another and to anyone in the community we may know who has been affected.  It is good that we will be together. Events like this can shatter the very hinges of trust in a community, but we must not despair, we must wake up, be alert, call on each other for support and love. Now maybe more than ever.

Rev. Annie Holmes, emerita

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Taoism for a Troubled Time

Oct  4, 2015

Sermon – How we answer the call to live our lives full of peace and harmony when it seems the world is warring or falling apart, is the religious question of the day.  I believe the Tao te Ching may have some answers. 

By: Rev. Annie Holmes

 

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Defining God

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By:  Al Herring

How does one define (or, if you prefer, characterize) God? Lord knows, many have tried. Sacred writings provide some insights; others have come from the minds of philosophers, mystics, scientists, artists, and common people like you and me. How do the major world religions define what God is? Are any of the definitions necessary or helpful?  This discourse will consider these and related questions, and will also help us to exercise our fourth UU principle.

 

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Divided We Stand – United We Fall

By:  Rev. Gary James

Freedom is the oxygen of a healthy faith. Freedom enables us to cultivate and maintain an inner identity that is rooted in our depth and to which we are faithful in our outward behavior. We do not follow traditional religion’s internalization of an external authority or creed.  Our way in religion is through an inner directed faith, building values and standards from within outward, creating an internal and open-minded authority.  Our faith is not for everyone.  Dogmatists are excluded!  One of my favorite old New Yorker cartoons portrays that typical New York cocktail party scene with a man talking with a woman seated on the couch next to him and saying to her: Actually, I don’t mind living a lie.  That’s where the Unitarians and I part company. Taken seriously ours is a very demanding faith and I perceive my role as minister to be not only celebrating our freedoms but also articulating the disciplines and responsibilities of freedom.  Unitarian Universalism is not a liberal ideology, not an idea or a series of ideas that can be spelled out; it is a way of living, a way of being in the world.  It is not even freedom; it is what we do with freedom.  It is what we do with our lives; do with our freedom individually and collectively.

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Earth Day Sunday

 By:  Rev. Gary James

April 19, 2015   Earth Day Sunday Waking Our Slumbering Souls to the Beauty and Travail of the World We’ve come so far.  We have survived so many trials and evolved through so many adventures in our planetary journey, and there is so much promise still to unfold – yet we can lose it all.  As the intricate web of living systems unravels, we can bring it all down with us.  Jahweh’s words through Moses now bear a literal truth:  I call heaven and earth to record this day to your account, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that you and your seed shall live. [Deut. 30:19]

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Navigating the Season of Darkness

By:  Rev. Gary James

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Navigating the Season of Darkness:

Reflections on the Winter of the Heart

In our generation, to mention spirituality is to evoke images of the long-day suns of summer.  Rarely does the storm of a troubled heart receive its chance to be heard in most American’s approach to spirituality.   We describe ourselves – Unitarian Universalists – as “the children of the enlightenment.”  Optimistic, forward looking, engineers of the future, creating the world of tomorrow – progressively constructing that perfect system, in which all shadows flee away, and all people are made good and happy!  Pragmatic to a fault, we like to shine a bright light on “the problem,” and get it solved.

The journey I want to take with you leads to a different kind of enlightenment, an enlightenment beyond enlightenment.  On this journey, going means letting go, letting go of the light.  It’s not all that hard to get enlightened; what is much more difficult is to keep giving up our sense of the world so that the world, in all of its seasons, especially winter – the season of cold and darkness – can come to us on its own terms, with its vast, pitiless, loving intelligence.

In the winter of the heart one is invited to discover a faith that grapples with pain and uncertainty; grapples with evil, loss, and the mystery of death, and in so doing, discovers hope and a deep joy on the winter-fallow landscape.  This coming Sunday I offer you a meditation on the winter season of the heart and the possibility such a somber reflection offers of insight, strength, endurance, and a sure, sober faith.

 

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What do Unitarian Universalists Believe

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Liberating the Spirit

October 19, 2014 Liberating the Spirit Rev. Gary James

Our critics say we are a haven for people who cannot make up their minds; a decompression chamber for those who are traveling from orthodoxy to the golf course. Or as one wit has written, “a Unitarian Universalist is a person who walks the line between confusion and indecision.  Yet the critics are mistaken. It is difficult for the outsider who comes from a conventional church or synagogue background to understand our approach to religion.  Confused by the atmosphere of freedom they often assume there is little or no substance of faith to be found in Unitarian Universalism.

Come and learn the answer to the question: What do Unitarian Universalists believe?

Rev. Gary James

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How to Lead a Compassionate Life

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Rev. Annie Holmes

 

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