Sunday, January 6, 2019, “In the Space Between Before and After”, Rev. Sara Hayman

When things in our lives are difficult, how do we help ourselves to see through to what may still be possible? How do we get better at responding verses reacting to challenges? How do we broaden our perspective and stay more open to possibilities? Drawing wisdom from the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, in this service we’ll explore these question and how we might be able to embrace new possibilities in our lives. 

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Sermon, April 15, 2018: “Saying Goodbye to Make Room for a New Hello”, Rev. Sara Hayman

There’s a story that been living with me as I’ve prepared for this Sunday.
It’s a story about a little boy living in a village.
Every day he goes out into the woods and forest.
His parents worry about him – there’s danger out there,
thieves, possibly; something could happen?
“Why do you go?” his father asked.  “To find God.”
“Don’t you know God is everywhere the same – here, in you, in me,
in the temple and at home; you don’t have to go to the woods
to find God.  God is everywhere the same.” “Yes, father,
I know that, but I am not everywhere the same.”

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April 1, 2018: Wait with Me, Rev. Sara Hayman

EASTER READINGS & REFLECTIONS   

Molly Housh Gordon is a Unitarian Universalist minister who serves our UU Church of Columbus, Missouri. This past week, while preparing for this service, I came across a reading she’s written in three parts—three poems, actually, that invite us to imagine what it was like at three particular moments in Jesus’ ministry among us, near the end of his life. She calls these poems “At the Gate,”  “At the Cross,” and “At the Tomb.”

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Oct 25, 2015: Sermon: “Guiding Us Upon Our Way” by Rev. Sara Huisjen

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of our church in 1865 in Ellsworth. Over the years, we have been blessed by the leadership and service of many ministers.  During this worship service, we will revisit some of that history, and we’ll celebrate two beloved former ministers, the Rev. Mark Worth and the Rev. Charles Stephens, by honoring them as Minister Emeritus of our congregation. With Bob Dickens, Worship Associate, and special music by Heidi Powell & Richard Hsu. This is a Plate-Split Sunday – half of the offering will go to a local charity.

A special reception will follow worship to celebrate Rev. Charles Stephens and Rev. Mark Worth becoming Minister Emeritus of UUCE!

Nurturing Your Spirit During the Holidays

Tending your soul looks like lots of different things for different people. And in this season, surely it looks like finding time for quiet, and rest, and listening within. Perhaps it looks like sitting near a warm near a fire in your home, or having a silent meditation practices that invites you into a time of expectant waiting in darkness.

My wish for you: that there be spaces and community to support your seeking and your experience of beauty and presence in this season. On the worship page and other places on this website are invitations that might help you tend your own spirit & fire. – Rev. Sara Huisjen

Sermon, Mar 16, 2014: “There is Only the Whole”, Rev. Sara Hayman

In his book One Story, One Song, Ojibway writer & story-teller Richard Wagamese suggests that humility is “the foundation of everything,” and that nothing can exist without it.  Humility, in his estimation, is the ability to see ourselves as an essential part of something larger. How, I wonder, is cultivating an authentic sense humility a part of our spiritual growth & understanding?  Rev. Sara Hayman

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Sermon, Feb 2, 2014, “We are here to learn…”, Rev. Sara Hayman

Wisdom is something we can hope to gain and grow within us throughout our lifetime.  Choosing how we will respond to adversity is a part of what’s required of as we aspire to become wiser, more compassionate people.  How do you persist in love when times are hard? What wisdom about life & living guides the way you make decisions?

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Sermon, Jan 5, 2014: “It’s Not the Critic who Counts”, Rev. Sara Hayman

In her book, Daring Greatly, sociologist Brene Brown suggests that being vulnerable, taking risks and daring to be our most authentic selves is part of what helps create a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives. On this first Sunday in the New Year, we’ll consider what this kind of courage looks like and how it calls us to act with integrity and compassion in the world.

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Sermon, Feb 24, 2013: Spiritual but not Religious, Rev. Mark Worth

A growing number of Americans answer “None” when asked about their religious affiliation. Many say the are “spiritual, but not religious.” Spirituality is often understood as something we express individually, while religion is something we express in community. What does it mean to be “spiritual, but not religious?”

Rev. Mark Worth has been full time minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine since 2006. From 1991 to 2006 he was 3/4-time at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, and 1/4-time in Castine. He has announced that he will retire from the Castine church on April 30. Mark and his wife Michelle (“Mickey”) live in Penobscot.

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02.24.13 Spiritual But Not Religious – Mark Worth
 

Sermon, Jan 20, 2013: We Are Tied Together

On the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we celebrate his legacy as a great & courageous Civil Rights leader by thinking about we’re called to do, in our continuing efforts to dedicate ourselves to, what he called, “the long and bitter—but beautiful—struggle for a new world.”

Rev. Sara Hayman

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1.20.13 MLK Sunday