Speaker: Rev. Duffy Peet

Holding On to Hope

As we prepare to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, we will consider the topic of hope. Hope helped those who were enslaved before the Civil War make it through each day. Hope was a key message in King’s “I have a dream” … read more.

Letting Go

In the course of our lives, each of us tends to hold on to what is important to us. There are times, however, when holding on is no longer appropriate, beneficial or possible. At such times we must let go, even though we have resistance … read more.

Christmas Eve

The Christmas Eve service is typically filled with meaning and significance for those who attend. Our evening service will include readings and music that are symbolic of this holiday season. We will join in singing familiar Christmas hymns. And we will contemplate the meaning of … read more.

Happy Holidays!

These two words are a common greeting this time of year. The holiday season is commonly understood to begin with Thanksgiving and end with New Year’s Day, with Christmas in between. But these are only a few of the holidays which are celebrated during this … read more.

Revisiting Salvation

Salvation is an important theme of the holiday season—a theme that doesn’t get talked about much in many UU congregations. The word “salvation” seems to have lost favor in our congregations today. We will consider salvation in light of three of the holidays of this … read more.

Festivals and Families

Thanksgiving Day 2018 is now past but the “holiday season” has just begun. The prominent holidays of this season, Thanksgiving and Christmas, each deserve to be called festivals. These holidays are often times of family gatherings. While festivals and family gatherings are often thought of … read more.

Vote Your Values

The Fifth Principle of Unitarian Universalism calls us to “covenant to affirm and promote: …the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our
congregations and in society at large.” On Tuesday, Election Day, we will have the opportunity to put our … read more.

Win, Lose or Draw

There is an old saying that goes, “It isn’t whether you win or lose, it is how you play the game.” In many situations today it seems that saying has been completely flipped around. “It isn’t how you play the game, it is whether you … read more.

Honoring Indigenous People

Celebrations to honor Christopher Columbus have been occurring in this country since 1792. Not until 500 years after Columbus’ arrival to this continent was an alternative holiday, Indigenous Peoples Day, first celebrated in Berkley, California. Today, we focus our attention on the descendants of those … read more.

What Vision Will Guide Us?

Each one of us holds a vision of what we hope for in our lives. The vision we hold guides our decisions and our actions through our life’s course. Periodically we have opportunities to assess both the vision we hold and how our life is … read more.