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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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, July 20, 2014: “Our Four Liberal Lineages”, Rev. Peter Richardson

Unitarian universalists celebrate our freedom, each of us bringing our unique views to the well-being of the whole. Historically Unitarian Universalists have developed four distinctive perspectives not present among religions before, two from our Unitarian and two from our Universalist heritages.
 
Rev. Peter T. Richardson served congregations in Ohio, Texas, Massachusetts, and Maine, retiring to Rockland in 2002. He is the author of 5 books currently in print of UU history, Religious philosophy and poetry. He is currently writing Universalists and Unitarians of Maine.
 
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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 9, 2014, “Transitions”, Dr. Wayne Smith

Our church historian, Dr. Wayne Smith, shares his knowledge of UUCE history from its founding in 1835 threw its re-establishment in 1865, focusing attention on key individuals and events.  If this sounds dull, you’ll be surprised: along the way we encounter intrigues, protests, love letters, women’s suffrage, the wealthy, the poor.  We could make a miniseries out of it!  Don’t miss Episode I of “Transitions: Follow the Money, Follow the Blood”!

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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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