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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. 

 

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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.

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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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