Foothills Unitarian Church
“Ready…or Not” (9/13/20)

“Ready…or Not” (9/13/20)

September 13, 2020

Homily Part 2

Whether you are ready for the next big thing or not, the task remains only to find the practices and the path that will allow your heart to remain open. 

In this homily, Rev. Gretchen Haley tells us that whatever pace and process allows us to stay available to love is the right path for us.

This message concludes our Re-Opening (Your Heart) series and invites us into our next series, You Are Here.

“Tools for Discernment” (9/13/20)

“Tools for Discernment” (9/13/20)

September 13, 2020

Part 1 of the Homily

If we are to ask ourselves the question, “are we ready to make a big decision?” That goes along with that which is, “how do we make a decision in the first place?”

Most of our decisions we make are instinctual, we do without conscious direction. But let’s just say, you have a decision before you, that you need to wrestle with. 

How do you do it? Especially if its a big decision. 

In this homily, Rev. Sean Neil-Barron, our Associate Minister, shares with us 3 strategies we might use to make a big decision.

Read more about how your body helps you make decisions at https://www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/448/out-of-our-heads?fbclid=IwAR2dy93tJu0vp2hRd2rB1fLLrrKfWxbIwbYTiEjVoOot4TUt1YOPf_5P6CU.

“The Gap Year” (9/6/20)

“The Gap Year” (9/6/20)

September 6, 2020

Our Senior Minister, Rev. Gretchen Haley, continues our Re-Opening (Your Heart) worship series with this homily centered around the question, “what if we took a whole year off?” 

This homily is an exercise in radical imagination. She asks us to slow downーto not skip the potential formative work uniquely available to us hereーin this gap year moment.

“Release to Receive: Part 2″ (8/30/20)

“Release to Receive: Part 2″ (8/30/20)

August 30, 2020

Rev. Gretchen Haley, our Senior Minister, reflects on Collective Release. She asks, “What does it mean for us to be focused on release and letting go?” 

She discusses how the intentional acknowledgment of what is ending, and the release of what we are holding will help us stay connected both to what’s happening around us and what’s happening within us.

This reflection leads us directly into the Water Communion Final Ceremony, filmed on the patio of our Foothills campus where we have not been in together since March 8, 2020 before the full arrival of the pandemic.

Permission to stream music in these services obtained from One License (A-736246) and Christian Copyright Solutions (9214).

“Release to Receive: Part 1″ (8/30/20)

“Release to Receive: Part 1″ (8/30/20)

August 30, 2020
Rev. Gretchen Haley, our Senior Minister, introduces us to the ritual of Water Communion. Explaining how this ritual is rooted in the 1980’s feminist movement within Unitarian Universalism.
 
Rev. Gretchen then reflects on what it means to release to receive. She says, “We release
so that we can receive the gifts present here and now.” She goes on to say, “As we pour the water, we release the stories of the past
onto the altar of our shared community,
symbolized in the shared collection of our water.”
 
This reflection leads us directly into the Water Communion Community Ceremonies.
 
You can learn more about the history of Water Communion at https://www.uua.org/worship/holidays/water-communion/original-water-ritual.
 
Permission to stream music in these services obtained from One License (A-736246) and Christian Copyright Solutions (9214).
“Where We Start From” (8/23/20)

“Where We Start From” (8/23/20)

August 23, 2020
Our Senior Minister, Rev. Gretchen Haley, begins our Re-Opening (Your Heart) series by leading us in a ritual of naming what has ended. She talks about how endings are not finalities, but are actually a place to start from.
 
You can go deeper by reading the book “Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes” by William Bridges. Learn more and buy the book at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/159615.Transitions

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