Foothills Unitarian Church
Homily: Tough Love Saves Us All | Rev. Gretchen Haley | March 7, 2021

Homily: Tough Love Saves Us All | Rev. Gretchen Haley | March 7, 2021

March 8, 2021

Rev. Gretchen preaches about how Tough Love Saves Us All as we work for liberation and to dismantle racism. She explains Beloved Community and guides us in exploring how courageous love requires us to act with a systemic and collective lens.

Homily: Love That Stays | Rev. Gretchen | February 21, 2021

Homily: Love That Stays | Rev. Gretchen | February 21, 2021

February 22, 2021

Rev. Gretchen explores staying put with those you love during the hard parts of life. She teaches that in promising to love someone in "good times and bad" we are not merely engaging with a distant and theoretical idea. We are promising to stay put through pain. A love that doesn't turn away when times get painful requires a soft and supple heart.

Homily Part 2: Tough Love Sees Us, and Sees Us Through | Rev. Gretchen Haley | February 14, 2021

Homily Part 2: Tough Love Sees Us, and Sees Us Through | Rev. Gretchen Haley | February 14, 2021

February 15, 2021

Rev. Gretchen draws on the story of Job to illustrate how bearing witness to another without fixing or minimizing is an act of courageous love.

Homily Part 1: Tough Love | Rev. Gretchen Haley | February 14, 2021

Homily Part 1: Tough Love | Rev. Gretchen Haley | February 14, 2021

February 15, 2021

Rev. Gretchen explores what we really mean when we say "love." She invites us to engage with the concept of love more deeply because "when we understand love not just as a word, but as an experience and a commitment, as a way of orienting our lives and the source of our hope, as a vision for the world as it could be, it will make all the difference. We will make all the difference in all the smallest corners of our lives, and across the whole of life itself."

Meditation on Waiting | Rev. Gretchen Haley | February 7, 2021

Meditation on Waiting | Rev. Gretchen Haley | February 7, 2021

February 8, 2021

Inspired by Imbolc, which marks the halfway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, Rev. Gretchen offers a guided meditation to help us tune into the experience of waiting.

Meditation & Writing Exercise: Our Few Worthy Things | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 24, 2021

Meditation & Writing Exercise: Our Few Worthy Things | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 24, 2021

January 25, 2021
Rev. Gretchen guides us in a meditation and writing exercise to notice the things that receive our attention, discern our values, and explore the intersection of the two.
Homily Part 2: Heart Broken Open | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 17, 2021

Homily Part 2: Heart Broken Open | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 17, 2021

January 18, 2021
Rev. Gretchen explores how waking up to injustice is a practice we live out in the smallest choices of our everyday lives.
 
Homily Part 1: Letting Your Heart Break | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 17, 2021

Homily Part 1: Letting Your Heart Break | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 17, 2021

January 18, 2021
Rev. Gretchen teaches about Beloved Community in the context of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and Unitarian Universalism.
 
Homily Part 3: The Tiny Revolutions of Your Life | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 10, 2021

Homily Part 3: The Tiny Revolutions of Your Life | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 10, 2021

January 11, 2021
Rev. Gretchen reminds us that nothing is settled - not even ourselves - and explores how darkness signals great possibility. Drawing on the work of James Clear, Rev. Gretchen teaches how we can persist through the darkness of uncertainty by focusing on the value of small, everyday acts.
 
Homily Part 1: The Tiny Ways Revolutions Begin | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 10, 2021

Homily Part 1: The Tiny Ways Revolutions Begin | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 10, 2021

January 11, 2021
Rev. Gretchen discusses the attack on the Capitol and explores how the roots of revolution lie in the accumulation of tiny shifts.
 
The Stories of Hanukkah | Rev. Gretchen Haley | December 13, 2020

The Stories of Hanukkah | Rev. Gretchen Haley | December 13, 2020

December 14, 2020
Rev. Gretchen tells the Hanukkah story in three different ways.
Homily: How We Tell the Story | Rev. Gretchen Haley | December 13, 2020

Homily: How We Tell the Story | Rev. Gretchen Haley | December 13, 2020

December 14, 2020
Rev. Gretchen Haley explores how the way we tell a story shapes the meaning we make from it, and, in turn, how we come to understand ourselves and life.
 
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Inspiration: Rev. Gretchen drew inspiration for this homily from Long conversations with Professors Pam Eisenbaum and Mark George at the Iliff School of Theology, as well as with Rabbi Shoshana Leis formerly of Congregation Har Shalom in Fort Collins.
 
Rev. Gretchen's notes and memory of the awesome book, From the Maccabees to the Mishnah by Shaya Cohen, also shaped this Homily. Find "From the Maccabees to the Mishnah" here: https://www.betterworldbooks.com/product/detail/From-the-Maccabees-to-the-Mishnah-9780664227432

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