20151025 UUCE Adds Two Ministers Emeriti

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 Huisjen

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 Huisjen

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

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 Huisjen

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 Huisjen

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1.20.13 MLK Sunday


Sunday, July 15, The Third Step, Rev. Eliza Galaher

Rev. Eliza GalaherIn the world of 12-step recovery, the third step states: “We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” For mainstream Christians as well as people of other explicitly theistic religions, such a step is central to living out one’s faith. But how might it be relevant to such an eclectic bunch as we Unitarian Universalists? Where might we butt heads with this step, and why? And what might we do to transcend semantics to get to the heart of this step?

Sermon, June 19, 2011: Make of yourself a light

This meditation on the Buddha’s last instruction to his disciples, to make of themselves a light, invites us to think about what it takes to nurture our own spirit and to feel alive and awake in this world.

Although delivered a year ago (on the Sunday that the congregation chose Rev. Sara to serve as our minister) the webmaster has chosen to list it out of order because it is not to be missed.

Rev. Sara Huisjen

6.19.11 Make of yourself a Light

Sermon, May 20, 2012: Living in Community

Our Unitarian Universalist faith tradition readily honors the worth & dignity of every person. The individual’s search for truth and meaning is nurtured and encouraged in our congregations, too. But what of community & striving together is honored & esteemed in our tradition? What’s the glue that binds us together in this congregation? This service & sermon will explore these questions and share a few insights about nurturing community from our history.

Rev. Sara Huisjen

5.20.12 Living in Community