Foothills Unitarian Church
Homily Part 2: From Grief to Morning | Rev. Gretchen Haley | April 4, 2021

Homily Part 2: From Grief to Morning | Rev. Gretchen Haley | April 4, 2021

April 6, 2021

Rev. Gretchen invites us to reckon with truth and contradictions in stories. She examines where our profound human need to seek patterns - even where none exist - can become dangerous and explores the importance of intentionally moving from our individual stories into the collective story in a way that embraces diverse experiences.

Homily Part 1: From Trembling to Telling | Rev. Gretchen Haley | April 4, 2021

Homily Part 1: From Trembling to Telling | Rev. Gretchen Haley | April 4, 2021

April 6, 2021

Rev. Gretchen draws on the story of Easter and the history of the 1918 pandemic to illustrate the importance of telling our stories even when our impulse is to try to forget and just move on.

Homily: Tough Love Imagines Part Two | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | March 28, 2021

Homily: Tough Love Imagines Part Two | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | March 28, 2021

March 29, 2021

Rev. Elaine honors the start of Passover and draws on the story of the ancient Israelites' escape from enslavement to explore how imagining what may seem impossible can lead to real liberation. She shares how this moment - as we begin emerging from the pandemic - is the time to imagine a new beginning in which we can move toward collective liberation and planetary healing.

Homily: Tough Love Imagines Part One | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | March 28, 2021

Homily: Tough Love Imagines Part One | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | March 28, 2021

March 29, 2021

Rev. Elaine explores how imagination asks us to loosen our grip on the illusion of control, step into the unknown and, how, in turn, imagination lays the ground for transformation and liberation because it helps us be co-creators of our future.

“The Simurgh” Story | March 28, 2021

“The Simurgh” Story | March 28, 2021

March 29, 2021

The ancient Persian story of the Simburgh, a benevolent, mythical flying creature. Adapted and narrated by Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink. Originally told in the 12th century by Farid Ud-Din Attar and retold by Jorge Luis Borges (BORE-hayse) in “The Book of Imaginary Things.”

Music: "Flight of a Young Bird" by Jared C. Balogh As distributed on the Free Music Archive  Creative Commons License for non-commercial use  Full License available here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/legalcode

Homily: Tough Love Repairs | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | March 21, 2021

Homily: Tough Love Repairs | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | March 21, 2021

March 22, 2021

Rev. Sean explores repairing relationships in the context of healing, accountability, shame, and transformative justice. We've all messed up and harmed someone, so what do we do after? What do repair, reconciliation, and accountability look like in the aftermath of a mistake? How do we move through shame toward accountability and healing? And what does it mean when the 'we' that has messed up is a society?

Homily: Tough Love Celebrates | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | March 14, 2021

Homily: Tough Love Celebrates | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | March 14, 2021

March 15, 2021

Rev. Sean reflects on receiving the vaccine and explores acknowledging ambiguity and celebrating along the way.

Anniversary Meditation  | Rev. Gretchen Haley |  March 14, 2021

Anniversary Meditation | Rev. Gretchen Haley | March 14, 2021

March 15, 2021

Rev. Gretchen offers a meditation and poses reflection questions for the anniversary of the pandemic.

Homily: Tough Love Adapts | Rev. Gretchen Haley | March 14, 2021

Homily: Tough Love Adapts | Rev. Gretchen Haley | March 14, 2021

March 15, 2021

Rev. Gretchen explores the adaptive process and shares lessons in creativity and survival.

Prayer and Meditation | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | March 7, 2020

Prayer and Meditation | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | March 7, 2020

March 8, 2021

Rev. Sean offers a prayer for integrating courageous love and Beloved Community into our daily lives.

Reading: There Is No Easier Way by Elizabeth Nguyen | March 7, 2021

Reading: There Is No Easier Way by Elizabeth Nguyen | March 7, 2021

March 8, 2021

Rev. Sean reads "There Is No Easier Way" by Elizabeth Nguyen.

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.

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