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, 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


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


Sermon, May 13, 2012: “Hey, Momma. . . .”

On this Mother’s Day Sunday, the service & sermon will explore and honor the phenomenon of mothering. What does it take to nurture and encourage others (and ourselves) into a sense of strength & beauty? Who does this, and how?

Rev. Sara Huisjen

The reading this day was The Lanyard by Billy Collins

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5.13.12 Hey, Momma