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U.S. EXCEPTIONALISM

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July 5th, 2015

U.S. EXCEPTIONALISM

Rev. Mike Young, Interim Minister

 

“Exceptionalism” is the perception that a country, society, institution, movement, and time period is “exceptional” (i.e., unusual or extraordinary) in some way and thus does not need to conform to normal rules or general principles.

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June 26, 2015

ONCE UPON A TIME - AGAIN

Michael Eselun, UCLA Oncology Chaplain

 

Popular guest speaker and UCLA Oncology Chaplain, Michael Eselun will explore the meaning and hidden gifts that may lie in our stories, just waiting to be told.

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June 21st, 2015

CELEBRATING SUMMER SOLSTICE

Rev. Dr. Karen Tate, Speaker

Nature lovers, environmentalists and those who practice earth-based spirituality know we’re approaching the Summer Solstice, when we salute the Sun for its powerful energy that sustains all life.  Rev. Dr. Karen Tate will introduce us to the Sun Goddess-es—the Japanese Amaterasu and the Egyptian Sekhmet—as deities, archetypes and ideals offering us values for a more sustainable future on Mother Earth.

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June 14, 2015

SMELLING THE FLOWERS AND OTHER JOYS

Rev. Mike Young, Interim Minister

 

Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is just to be fully present.  After all, it’s your life and you wouldn’t want to miss more of it than necessary.

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June 7th, 2015

YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

Wendi Gladstone and Rev. Mike Young

Based on our Unitarian Universalist 7th principle, the sermon will be about the proposed Santa Susana Mountain Park.  Remember where the rockets were developed?  There’s more there and it deserves to be protected.  Wendi Gladstone purchased this sermon at the Oct. 2014 Service Auction, and this is her topic.

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May 10, 2015

MOMMY, GIMME A DRINK ‘A WATER

Mother's Day Sermon by Rev. Mike Young


Danny Kaye's rendition of this was one of my children's favorites.

The service will be a celebration of motherhood—of parenting by whoever happens to be filling the role.

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May 3rd, 2015

HUMAN RIGHTS AND PROGRESSIVE ISLAM

Sermon by Ani Zonneveld

Ani Zonneveld is the founder and director of Muslims for Progressive Values.

She spoke on a side panel to the United Nations Human Rights Council Session 26 on the topic of Human Rights and Progressive Islam: Its Theological Application on Countering “Blasphemy Laws,” the Support for Separation of Religion and State, Gender Equality, and LGBTQI rights.

Watch the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNGd2sAhXQo

FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM

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April 26, 2015
FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM
 Chris Loken, Screenwriter of "Fighting for Freedom"
 
 Chris Loken will describe the spiritual journey he and 
his family took as apple farmers in New York State 
and employers of immigrant farm workers. His family's life
experience led to Chris's writing, "Fighting for Freedom",
which takes the viewer inside the com­plexities
of illegal immigration and depicts the inter­
twining of two families one, American; the other, 
Mexican.
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April 19, 2015
 
IMAGES OF LETTING GO
 
Rev. Mike Young, Interim Minister 
 
Buddhism says that grasping that which is inherently 
passing, is what keeps us locked into suffering.  The 
old aphorism is Pain is inevitable, but suffering is vol­untary.  
pushing away?
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EASTER; FLOWER COMMUNION SUNDAY

Rev. Mike Young, Interim Minister

What Arose That Morning? The earliest Christians never heard of the empty tomb.  What did they mean by resurrection?

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