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.

“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
“Question Everything” (8/16/20

“Question Everything” (8/16/20

August 16, 2020

What are the big questions on your mind and heart these days? In each segment, Rev. Gretchen Haley, our Senior Minister, and Rev. Sean Neil-Barron, our Associate Minister, have 12 minutes to answer as many questions from the congregation as they can. (Both parts together in this podcast.)

“Front Porch Faith” (7/5/20)

“Front Porch Faith” (7/5/20)

July 5, 2020

"Where I find hope these days is on the front porch. Not the fake front porch that white supremacy and capitalism push us to perform – but the front porch faith where we call each other in, and where we shrug off shame and the myth of self-sufficiency." - Rev. Gretchen

Listen in to this week’s homily where Rev. Gretchen considers community, human need, and hope for American democracy.

“How We Survive” (5/31/20)

“How We Survive” (5/31/20)

May 31, 2020

Will the uncertainty and chaos of this moment lead us to hunkering down and focusing on our individual survival, or will we remember the roots of our resilience that lead to our collective survival? Rev. Gretchen offers this homily reflecting on this moment and the call of our faith for collective liberation where all means ALL.

“What We Give Up” (5/24/20)

“What We Give Up” (5/24/20)

May 24, 2020

In this short homily, Rev. Gretchen reflects on the question of sacrifice, and the power of choosing to give something up so that we don’t have to give up everything.

“Without trusted leadership at a national or global level, we can still remember and remain faithful to this fundamental commitment of our faith - the promises we have made to the love that flows within each of us, among all of us, and that calls us beyond ourselves. The promises for who we will be, and what we will give, and why. The duty we have to those who came before, and those who will come next. We can listen and remember the roots of resilience found in our steadfast willingness to do the hard thing, to give up and to let go and to sacrifice - with joy, and gratitude.” - Rev. Gretchen Haley

“Roots of Resilience: What Resilience Is, and Isn’t” (5/10/20)

“Roots of Resilience: What Resilience Is, and Isn’t” (5/10/20)

May 10, 2020

We have some misconceptions about resilience that we need to break down as we begin this month's series. Rev. Gretchen shares about what resilience is, and isn't - using 3 dog photos!

“Roots of Resilience: We’ve Been Here Before” (5/10/20)

“Roots of Resilience: We’ve Been Here Before” (5/10/20)

May 10, 2020

We are living in an unprecedented time. Or, are we? Rev. Gretchen reflects on our collective roots of resilience in part 1 of this homily. 

“The Non-Bucket List” Rev. Gretchen Haley (4/26/20)

“The Non-Bucket List” Rev. Gretchen Haley (4/26/20)

April 26, 2020

Rev. Gretchen offers this homily reflecting on the "essential facts" of life and the ways we adapt as life changes.

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