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Calling In Before Calling Out: Expectations of Grace

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Rev. Kelli Clement speaking

As congregational humanists, we are covenantal rather than creedal. How can we do the hard work of social change with generosity and compassion, when so many are so clearly WRONG?

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What Goes Into the Soup: Equinox Reflections

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Speaker: Rev. David Breeden
Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Autumnal Equinox marks the passing of summer and the arrival of fall.  As we head into the waning year, we welcome this poignant season of reflection–prompting us to be more measured in our actions, more intentional about our numbered days, more accountable to the web of life.  The abundance of harvest time summons us to lives of gratitude and generosity.  We celebrate all the good the world has to offer and this caring community of which we are a part.

Talk Reflections at Equinox 2019

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So Here We Are

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Rev. David Breeden speaking

The German philosopher Martin Heidegger called the feeling Geworfenheit, “thrownness.” It’s the feeling that we’re here, but we don’t really know where “here” is and we don’t know what to do next. That feeling can be debilitating. Or we can thrill in the expectation of what’s next.

Talk (PDF): So Here We Are

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Gathering the Waters (Rev. David Breeden)

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Speaker: Rev. David Breeden
2019.09.08

Led by Revs. David Breeden, Jim Foti and Kelli Clement

Come kick off the new program year with our annual water celebration as our ministers share reflections on what it means to gather as a humanist community. This all-ages assembly will include a story by Rev. Jim and Religious Education Director Allison Wyeth. Remember to bring along a small amount of water you collected over the summer!

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Gathering the Waters (Rev. Jim Foti)

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Speaker: Rev. Jim Foti
2019.09.08

Led by Revs. David Breeden, Jim Foti and Kelli Clement

Come kick off the new program year with our annual water celebration as our ministers share reflections on what it means to gather as a humanist community. This all-ages assembly will include a story by Rev. Jim and Religious Education Director Allison Wyeth. Remember to bring along a small amount of water you collected over the summer!

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Gathering the Waters (Rev. Kelli Clement)

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Speaker: Rev. Kelli Clement
2019.09.08

Led by Revs. David Breeden, Jim Foti and Kelli Clement

Come kick off the new program year with our annual water celebration as our ministers share reflections on what it means to gather as a humanist community. This all-ages assembly will include a story by Rev. Jim and Religious Education Director Allison Wyeth. Remember to bring along a small amount of water you collected over the summer!

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Putting Labor Back in Labor Day

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Speaker: Rev. David Breeden
Sunday, September 1, 2019

While he was still in seminary, Rev. Breeden wrote a talk called ”Putting Labor Back in Labor Day.” It won a sermon-writing award through the UUA and went up on the website. Every year before Labor Day, he gets requests to reprint or read that talk. One problem with such a situation is that the facts and figures shared then are now out of date. What unfortunately isn’t out-of-date is the continued decline of labor unions and the conditions of US workers. David is updating that talk.

Talk (PDF): Putting Labor Back in Labor Day

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Refugees from Complexity

Rev. David Breeden speaking

In contemporary US marketing–which encompasses everything from toothbrushes to politics to religion–each of us is identified and categorized by demographics. Swimming as we do in these waters, how can we stop long enough to notice the humanity of others?

Refugees from Complexity Talk

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Religious Humanism and Interfaith Work

Speaker: John Lazur

John grew up at First Unitarian, and as a young adult he has become involved in interfaith communities in the wider world, exploring how “Humanism” fits into that mix.

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