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HOLY GRATITUDE

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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RESTRINGING THE BEADS

August 10, 2014

RESTRINGING THE BEADS

Michael Eselun

Chaplain, Simms-Mann/UCLA Center for Integrative
Oncology

 

Popular guest speaker and oncology chaplain Michael Eselun will explore our relationship to our own stories and how we use them in the attempt to make spiritual sense of our lives.

(Sorry this sermon was not recorded due to technical difficulties)

SIRIUS RISING

August 3, 2014

SIRIUS RISING

Meghann Robern

Unitarian Universalist Seminarian

 

In the northern hemisphere, the scorching days of summer are known as “dog days” because of their association with the heliacal rising of Sirius, the Dog Star. For some ancient writers, the dog days were a time of distress and unease, and for others, a time to prepare for inevitable renewal. The Wiccan festival of Lammas, or Lughnasadh, which marks the shift from summer to autumn, can help us take these two very different mindsets and hold them in tension with each other to bring balance and wholeness into our lives while in the midst of transition. 

The Special Music for this Sunday will be "Circles" by Harry Chapin, performed by  Elizabeth Altman and other Emerson musicians.

 

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LEANING INTO SILENCE

July 27, 2014

LEANING INTO SILENCE

Debbie Rice, Ministerial Intern, UU Church of the Verdugo Hills

Silence can make one terribly uncomfortable, or it can make one relax and feel peaceful.  What is it about silence that triggers such strong reactions in us?  Join us as we explore the paradox of silence together.

The Special Music on this Sunday will be "The Sounds of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel, performed by Molly Siskin and Rachel Randall (voice) and Rachel (guitar).

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July 20, 2014

WHY SHOULD I CARE FOR MY NEIGHBOR?

IMMIGRATION AND INTEGRATION

 Rev. Detlef Schwartz, Ph. D., Ph.D.

Realizing that immigrants from Mexico and Central America are still called “illegal” the questions are (a) If I have a secure life, why should I care for people coming over the border? and (b) What right do we as a society have to call other human beings “illegal”?

The Special Music for this service will be "Light A Candle," written and performed by Ben Meisel (guitar and voice).

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July 13, 2014

A WINDOW BETWEEN WORLDS: ART TRANSFORMING TRAUMA

Lindsay Merfeld, Event and Volunteer Coordinator

Lindsay Merfeld, a staff member or A Window Between Worlds (AWBW), will share the power of participating in just a single art workshop and the transformation and healing art brings to families that have experienced domestic violence or trauma. AWBW is the only national program that places the transformative tool of creative expression into the hands of front-line advocates, opening up safety, building trust and providing a model of empowerment for survivors. After the service, Lindsay will also provide a hands-on art workshop that will allow participants to connect to themselves and to their own life journey, reminding us all of our ability to create change.

Our Special Music for this service will be "Bird Song" by Heather Masse. Our musicians will be Elizabeth Altman, Mia Forbes, Rhonda Richard, Hap Palmer (guitar), and Briana Bandy (viola).

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WHAT I MEAN BY LOVE

July 6, 2014

WHAT I MEAN BY LOVE

Christina Pei-Fang Shu

Unitarian Universalist Ministerial Candidate

Chaplain, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

 

 Christina Pei-Fang Shu, who is a ministerial candidate soon to be ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister, will speak about how love is central and unifying to many of our Unitarian Universalist theologies.  Love connects our inner spiritual selves with our relationships with others, and our connection to the sacred and the divine. What do we mean as Unitarian Universalists when we refer to love—both historically and today?

The Special Music will be provided by Sharra Romany, who will sing “Angel from Montgomery” by John Prine.

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June 29, 2014

Grandparents as Parents

Sylvie de Toledo

 

Our guest speaker for this Sunday will be Sylvie de Toledo, founder of “Grandparents as Parents” (GAP), a local organization devoted to helping grandparents and other relatives who began to parent relative children because the parents were unable to do so because of death, mental illness, neglect, substance abuse, or incarceration. Ms. Toledo, a dedicated clinical social worker whose own family was impacted by the death of her sister, will share with us the work of her
organization and how we can spread the word about GAP to folks who need its services.

Elizabeth Altman, along with other Emerson singers, will perform "It Takes a Village" by Joan Szymko.

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June 22, 2014
OH, THE PLACES WE’LL GO!
The Reverend Anne Felton Hines

Today is my last Sunday at Emerson, before I leave for General Assembly and then retirement. The title of my sermon is the title I used for my very first sermon as your minister – but of course, the content will be quite different. I hope you will join me in this farewell service, and stick around afterwards for a potluck luncheon – because as I’ve said many times before (with tongue planted firmly in cheek), potlucks are my favorite part of parish ministry! J ~ Rev. Anne
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June 15, 2014

HONORING REVEREND ANNE AS SHE RETIRES
4:00 PM
Sara LaWall

Please join us to celebrate and roast The Reverend Anne Felton Hines
on the occasion of her Retirement.

(*Note This recording is a little over an hour long)

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