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October 19, 2014

IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND

Rev. Mike Young, Interim Minister

 

I've been involved in the so-called drug culture in a variety of ways and roles since I was in theological school.  Now that we have unquestionably lost the “War on Drugs,” where do we go now?

 

October 12, 2014

CONNECTING ONE CARING ADULT TO ONE CHILD IN NEED

Nahtahna Cabanes

 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Representative

 

Ms. Cabanes will share some stories about her work with CASA, a nonprofit agency that seeks to reduce and reverse the effects of child abuse and neglect. The aim of this agency is to alleviate the feelings of abandonment and alienation that scar these young lives. CASA makes the most immediate connection—one caring adult to one child in need—that can be the turning point in a life that has been interrupted and shaken.

(This sermon was not recorded)

 

THE GREAT DIVIDE

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October 5, 2014

THE GREAT DIVIDE

Rev. Mike Young, Interim Minister

 It's real!  I respect persons, but not necessarily their beliefs.  There is a radical disconnect within the culture that feeds the divide and it's not liberal vs. conservative.

 Under the direction of Gavin Thrasher, the Emerson Choir will sing “Erev Shel Shoshanim” (Evening of Roses) by Josef Hadar.

 

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September 28, 2014

I DON’T BELIEVE IN BELIEVING IN

Reverend Mike Young, Interim Minister

 

At 75 years of age I have changed my mind often enough to know I will change it again.  So the only thing I know for sure about what I believe is that I'm probably wrong; at least to the extent of being incomplete. Besides, you ought to believe what you do believe.  It's the only place from which to grow.

 

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September 14, 2014

OUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

Reverend Mike Young, Interim Minister

             A spiritual practice is something you do regularly in preparation to taking it out into the world and into all of your relationships.  Everything we do at Emerson UUC is religious education and that spiritual practice is at the core of our ministry.

 

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September 14, 2014

OUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

Reverend Mike Young, Interim Minister

             A spiritual practice is something you do regularly in preparation to taking it out into the world and into all of your relationships.  Everything we do at Emerson UUC is religious education and that spiritual practice is at the core of our ministry.

 

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September 7, 2014

WATER RITUAL: BAN DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE

Reverend Mike Young, Interim Minister

 

             Dihydrogen monoxide is a dangerous chemical substance.  Too much is poisonous and it causes hundreds of deaths every year.  People do really dumb things about it politically.  It threatens property owners.  Ignorance about it is threatening all of us.

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August 31, 2014

LEAVING THE GARDEN:
THE REAL STORY OF ADAM AND EVE

Samantha Lynne Gupta

Candidate in her final year of her M.Div., at Claremont School of Theology

What have been the consequences of a Biblical story of innocence? The true story of Adam, Eve, snake and the tree has something quite different to tell us as Unitarian Universalists and allies in justice—a message of critical engagement and risk rather than "perfect" innocence.

The Special Music for this Sunday will be offered by Vijay Gupta, violinist, and husband of our guest speaker. 

 

SOMETHING LOST

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August 24, 2014

SOMETHING LOST

Dr. Mehrdad Haghi,

Former member of Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church

Professor, The College of Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona

 Each of us experiences many losses during our lives: losses great and small. How do we come to terms with these losses?

For this Sunday, our Special Music will be “The Blackest Crow,” performed by Hap Palmer, Briana Bandy, and Mia Forbes.

HOLY GRATITUDE

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August 17, 2014

HOLY GRATITUDE

Peter Farriday

Recently completed his ministerial internship at
Neighborhood UU Church

M.Div., Meadville Lombard Theological School

Medieval theologian and mystic Meister Eckhart declares that, “If the only prayer you say in your entire life is ‘Thank you...’ that would suffice.”  He dares to say this because he recognizes that to truly radiate gratitude from the core of our being is to awaken to the fullness of life.  Come explore the power of thankfulness as a way to enhance your wellbeing, and to spread light and love to all you encounter.

 Our Special Music on this Sunday will be “Let the Mystery Be,” by Iris Dement, performed by The Old Folkies, along with Briana Bandy and Rhonda Richard. Briana and Jeff Bandy, along with Philip Kuretski.

 

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