Foothills Unitarian Church
Reading | Connections Are Made Slowly | November 22, 2020

Reading | Connections Are Made Slowly | November 22, 2020

November 23, 2020

Rev. Gretchen offers a reading from “The Seven of Pentacles” by Marge Piercy.

Homily Part 2: Conspiracy Theory | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | November 22, 2020

Homily Part 2: Conspiracy Theory | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | November 22, 2020

November 23, 2020

Rev. Elaine announces our new Text-A-Blessing hotline and shares her KINDemic story.

Meditation for Self-Compassion | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | November 22, 2020

Meditation for Self-Compassion | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | November 22, 2020

November 23, 2020

Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink offers a guided meditation to cultivate self-compassion. This meditation is adapted from the work of Dr. Kristin Neff, who is a scholar on the topic of self-compassion.

Homily Part 1: Conspiracy Theory | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | November 22, 2020

Homily Part 1: Conspiracy Theory | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | November 22, 2020

November 23, 2020

Rev. Elaine explores how to access kindness in the face of fatigue and frustration. She shares the simple power of offering a blessing as a gift of attention and acknowledgment - a gift you are worthy of offering to yourself as well as others.

Genesis of an Uprising: A Conversation with Dr. Dan McKanan (Full)

Genesis of an Uprising: A Conversation with Dr. Dan McKanan (Full)

November 17, 2020

Dr. Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, and Rev. Sean Neil-Barron discuss the relationship between our religion and the American progressive tradition. They explore how people rise up seeking to come to terms with America’s white supremacist and colonialist legacies, and how the current trend of increasing economic inequality affects progressivism across religion and politics.

Genesis of an Uprising: A Conversation with Dr. Dan McKanan (Shortened Sunday Service Version)

Genesis of an Uprising: A Conversation with Dr. Dan McKanan (Shortened Sunday Service Version)

November 16, 2020
Dr. Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson  Unitarian Universalist Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, and Rev. Sean Neil-Barron discuss the relationship between our religion and the American progressive tradition. They explore how people rise up seeking to come to terms with America’s white supremacist and colonialist legacies, and how the current trend of increasing economic inequality affects progressivism across religion and politics.
Homily: What is the Uprising Right Now | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | November 15th, 2020

Homily: What is the Uprising Right Now | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | November 15th, 2020

November 16, 2020
Rev. Sean Neil-Barron invites us to consider what faith and trust guide us when we struggle to see beyond political whims - when we struggle to see the long arc of history bending toward justice.
 
Rev. Sean encourages us to awaken courage and break free from the seduction of sameness. He encourages us to keep faith that this day could be something different - to keep faith that we can be a part of true transformation.
Guided Meditation | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | November 15, 2020

Guided Meditation | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | November 15, 2020

November 16, 2020

Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink leads us in a centering and connecting meditation. Rev. Christopher Watkins Lamb enhances the meditation with music.

“When is the Night Over?” (11/8/20)

“When is the Night Over?” (11/8/20)

November 9, 2020
Rev. Sean Neil-Barron reframes our present moment, exploring America not as a divided nation, but rather as a wounded and traumatized nation in need of healing. Referencing Rev. Theresa Soto, Rev. Sean reminds us that "all of us need all of us to survive,” and there are no winners or losers in beloved community.
 
Read Rev. Theresa I. Soto’s Litany “All of Us Need All of Us to Make It” here: https://www.uua.org/worship/words/litany/all-us-need-all-us-make-it
“End Game” (11/8/20)

“End Game” (11/8/20)

November 9, 2020
In the wake of the election, Rev. Gretchen Haley draws on Netflix hit series "The Queen's Gambit" to explore why winning is not the end game. She discusses the value of embracing a beginner's mind and the imperative to remain firmly rooted in our faith that there is no such thing as individual liberation.
 
Visit the Moments & Movements Series web page for relevant spiritual practices: https://foothillsuu.org/momentsandmovements/
“Anatomy of a Moment” (11/1/20)

“Anatomy of a Moment” (11/1/20)

November 1, 2020

Rev. Sean preaches about the meaning of a moment.

“How We Eat the Stars” (10/25/20)

“How We Eat the Stars” (10/25/20)

October 25, 2020
Rev. Gretchen Haley begins our new worship series, Moments & Movements, with this homily titled “How We Eat the Stars.” She preaches that we are connected to the universe and the universe is connected to us, that we are a part of a larger movement that began before us, and will continue on long after we are gone.
 
You can read the written text of this homily on Gretchen’s blog and the full exchange between the young activist and Thomas Merton here.

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