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.

“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.
“Zooming Out - part 2″ (10/11/20

“Zooming Out - part 2″ (10/11/20

October 11, 2020
Rev. Gretchen responds to her conversation with Florence Field (find it here), reflecting on the challenge of holding contradictory truths as a single whole, and the practice of self-differentiation as a path to greater orientation.
 
“Zooming Out - part 1″ (10/11/20)

“Zooming Out - part 1″ (10/11/20)

October 11, 2020
Rev. Gretchen draws on the work of Bernard Loomer to explore the challenge and the imperative to zoom out and listen for and receive other people’s often vastly different stories and experiences.
 
Learn more about the work of Bernard Loomer here: https://processandfaith.org/bernard-loomer-1/
 
For a good overview of Thich Nhat Hanh’s idea of interbeing, look here: https://www.garrisoninstitute.org/blog/insight-of-interbeing/.
“Self-Compassion Meditation” (9/27/20)

“Self-Compassion Meditation” (9/27/20)

September 27, 2020
In this meditation adapted from Tara Brach, Rev. Gretchen Haley invites us into a practice of self-compassion.  
 
Learn more about Tara Brach and her teachings on compassion here: https://www.tarabrach.com/compassion-others-self/.  
“Sense of Life” (9/20/20)

“Sense of Life” (9/20/20)

September 20, 2020
Rev. Gretchen leads us through a sense-based meditation, as outlined in our Field Guide. With piano underscore from Dyane Roglestad, playing her interpretation of I Am Finding My Way.
 
 
As a part of our You Are Here series, Rev. Christopher Watkins Lamb offers this original song. Learn more about Christopher’s music at his band’s website: https://crispywatkins.com/.
“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.)

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