Poems, Prayers and Promises

It might be said that we are often people of ‘the word’- inspired by reading, singing and listening to the thoughts of others. Would you, or could you, use your words at any given time to create a poem, offer a prayer or make a promise? Join us as we find prayers in poems and perhaps, a promise somewhere in between.

Animal Blessing Sunday

Animal blessings are often celebrated around the Feast of St. Francis in early October, but they could be celebrated at any time. Our mid-summer service will honor the importance of our furry and feathered friends, including a time of blessing. All animals welcome!

How to Stay Sane When Dealing with Insanity: Lessons from the World of Therapy and Beyond

Politics (national or corporate – maybe even church), family dysfunction, friends who maybe aren’t – any situation that seems to be the definition of insanity can leave us feeling insane ourselves. From the perspectives of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Buddhism we’ll look at ways for you to keep your wits about you, even as everyone around you seems to be going crazy.

In Search of Sophia, the Goddess of Wisdom

This talk will explore the suppression of the Goddesses, in particular, Sophia, the Goddess of Wisdom. It will demonstrate how reclaiming our Divine Female history, heritage, and mythology is significant to our religious and spiritual wellbeing, and will make for a more ecologically balanced planet.

Acquaint Thyself

On this first Sunday of our ministry together I’ll be using Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous address to the 1838 graduating class from Harvard’s Divinity School as the basis of my sermon. Emerson asked the graduates to imagine new ways of seeing the world and their ministry. My sermon will be asking you to imagine how we will be doing “church” here in the near future and with whom we will be doing it. As Joe Strummer said “the future is unwritten.”


Liz has several ideas piquing her interest for this morning’s theme, and she thinks they would pique yours, too. By the end of summer she will have settled on one of them. Come to service to find out more!

Roald’s Gospel Review: “Songs From The Resistance”

Songs can help inspire the good fight. Battles against external threats like bad governance, greed, hateful ideologies, injustice. Or internal battles against addiction, despair, disease, isolation. Roald Wilson concludes the 25th season of Summer Services at UUCR with songs to help us “keep our eyes on the prize.”