Topic: Philosophy

Parables and Portraits

Come experience the wisdom and humor of several stories from the book “Parables and Portraits” by Stephen Mitchell. Come, let us tell you a story.

It’s a Wonderful Church

In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” the angel Clarence tries to “earn his wings” by showing George Bailey, the character played by Jimmy Stewart, what the world would look like had he not been born. What might the world look like without UUMAN?

Free and Clear?

We all want things “free and clear”…free from encumbrances, ties and restrictions. When we reflect upon who we are, what we possess, what we have, how much of that do we view as free and clear?

The Six Simple Machines

Lever, Wheel and Axle, Pulley, Inclined Plane, Wedge, Screw. These are the six simple machines. In their most basic sense they can be used to multiply or change the direction of a mechanical force. How can we use them metaphorically to multiply or change the direction of our lives?

Cultivating a Relationship with Uncertainty

No doubt the coming year will bring with it an uncertain future. Nobody particularly likes uncertainty but it is a condition of our existence. How does uncertainty affect us? Can it ever be productive? Can it change us for the better?

Music: UUMAN Band.

Our Relationship with the Wild

Unitarian Universalists believe that we are a part of the interconnected web of all existence. What might be the implications of this belief? Are we unique? Are we distinct from “the wild”?

Music: Alex Pietsch and the Chalice Choir

The Aestivation Hypothesis

Theologian James Carse tells us: healthy religion encourages a “higher ignorance” which enables openness to continual learning and growth. This service will explore how contemplating the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence can help us to practice the kind of healthy religion that encourages a “higher ignorance”.

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