- December 7: Shocking Exclusive: Minister Delivers Live Nude Sermon!, Rev. Craig Moro
that I've got your attention, let me ask you a question: How would you
like to see yourself pictured on the cover of a tabloid newspaper at
your grocery store checkout stand? How do we respond as people of
conscience to the "exposure industry" and its effect on public life?
- December 14: Let the Poets Speak, Member-Led Service
is one answer to the winter chill outside. There will be time in the
service for reading poems - please bring one you'd like to share.
- December 21: Cut It Off, Throw It Away!, Rev. Craig Moro
A story of Christmas presents; things lost and things found; fathers, sons, and baseball gloves.
- December 24: Christmas Eve Service at 4:30 p.m.!, Member-Led Service
join us for a service of carols and Christmas readings. Candles will
brighten the night as we share the joy of the season. Cookies are also
nice to share, so please bring some along (no peanuts please). We'll
have the hot cider ready.
- December 28: Resolutions for the Greater Good, Member-Led Service
of us know what the typical "New Year's Resolution" sounds like. It's
typically along the lines of losing weight, working less, watching less
TV, etc. These resolutions rarely last long after utterance. What could
our world become if each person resolved to take an action that would
benefit their community, nation, or even the whole planet? What small
step could you commit to taking to "be the change you want to see?"
Come and find out!
- November 2: How to Read the Sea of Reeds, Rev. Craig Moro
of us remember Charlton Heston playing the prophet Moses as he led his
people across the Red Sea, pursued by Pharaoh's chariots. Some of us
take this story literally. But there's another option that we'll
explore this morning-a literary, literate reading that touches on the
special power of the written word.
- November 9: World AIDS Day, Guest Speaker, Timara Shindehite
will be sharing the history behind the World AIDS Day event occurring
on December 1st. Her talk will include an overview of this event, as
well as progress in the fight against AIDS both locally and world-wide.
- November 16: We Gather Together, Rev. Craig Moro
The act of gathering
can be a powerful religious practice. Why do we gather together, at
Thanksgiving and other times? Whatï¿½s the good in it? There are no
turkeys in this story, but there will be one misbehaving chicken.
- November 23: Guest at Your Table, Member-Led Service
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee sponsors the Guest At Your
Table program each year. Come find out about the good work of this
program and how it fits with our Principles and Purposes.
- November 30: What You Don't Read in the Church Ads, Member-Led Service
churches (regardless of denomination) would have a hard time living up
to the slogans and "bumper-sticker" promotions put forth to lure in
visitors. Some find disillusionment, however, once they become
involved. Any fellowship composed of human beings is bound to be
flawed. But if we look hard enough, we usually find a network of
genuine, compassionate, concerned individuals who give of themselves to
each other and the world. The key word is "community." That is worthy
of our support and celebration.
- October 5: The Big Screwdriver, Rev. Craig Moro
- October 12: Association Sunday, Member-Led Service
- October 19: The Messenger's Last Day, Rev. Craig Moro
- October 26: This I Believe, Member-Led Service
- September 7: We Didn't Think of Mule Teeth, Rev. Craig Moro
the shootings at the Knoxville UU church in July, coming so close to
the seventh anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, let us
ask: how do wounds affect us and how do we help them to heal? How can
we relate the wounds of a little child to those suffered by a church or
a nation? Do we serve hope best by going backwards, or by moving
forward? We will also have a Child Dedication ceremony during this
- September 14: Mingling of Waters, Member-Led Service
Mingling of Waters is CUUCï¿½s traditional ritual of gathering at the
end of summer to mark the beginning of a new church year. Everyone is
invited to bring water that was collected from summer journeys and
experiences (symbolic water welcome) and combine it the water from
others. Weï¿½ll have a chance to share the essence of our stories from
this summer, the part that has meaning to us, and reaffirm our bonds of
- September 21: Minding the Splinters, Rev. Craig Moro
poem about the young Sorcererï¿½s Apprentice - who struggles to put a
halt to a process that he has started - leads us to consider the
special work that goes on in your community. Come explore the interplay
between science, secrecy, trust, and power
- September 28: Our Choices Shape Our Lives, Member-Led Service
some general comments on the extent of our freedoms, a few real-life
stories will be used to illustrate my conviction that, whatever our
handicaps, ill-fortune, past mistakes, and victimizations, we still
have choices. It is up to us to use our freedom to make a life of which
we can be proud.
- August 3: Staying at the Table: The Sustenance of Right Relations, Guest Speaker, Rev. Karen B. Taliesin
- August 10: Who Are You--Really?, Member-Led Service
- August 17: Radical Hospitality, Guest Speaker, Elizabeth "Kit" Ketcham
- August 24: Wisdom Culture, Member-Led Service
- August 31: A Journey to Wholeness, Member-Led Service
- July 6: Make a Joyful Noise, Member-Led Service
you ever wondered how many ways and/or how many times music has become
a part of your life's story? Music can bring back memories of sad or
happy times. It can also be healing and uplifting. Let's get together
and make a joyful noise!
- July 13: Community Growth/Unforseen Outcomes, Member-Led Service
- July 20: Light, Member-Led Speaker
- June 1: Half Full and Half Empty, Member-Led Service
- June 8: What's it Worth to You, Member-Led Service
- June 15: Life Isn't Fair, Get Over It!, Member-Led Speaker
- June 22: Vista Youth Center, Guest Speaker, Mark Lee
- June 29: History, Member-Led Speaker
- May 4: Eat, Sleep, and ?, Member-Led Service
There are a variety of ways to fill our days.
- May 11: All the Generations Celebrate Bridging and Mother's Day, Member-Led Service
morning we integrate two springtime celebrations: the Bridging Ceremony
for our graduating high school seniors and Mother's Day. In addition to
"I Believe" statements from the Bridging youth, our children and youth
will influence this celebratory gathering by various means, including
song, dance, and verse
- May 18: Mental Health Awareness, Guest Speaker, Miss Tri-Cities, Kristin Cox
Cox, Miss Tri-Cities is a full-time student at Columbia Basin College
completing her Associate's degree and plans to attend WSU Tri-Cities to
obtain her Bachelor's degree. During her year as service as Miss
Tri-Cities, Kristin wishes to address the community about Mental Health
Awareness with emphasis on removing the stigma associated with mental
- May 25: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained; Risks and Living, Member-Led Service
all take risks in living although many of us would say, "not me!" Yet,
when you drive 55 mph on a 2-lane highway, you are a mere 5 ft from
death every time you pass an oncoming car. Several examples of risks
and living will be explored, including auto racing.
- April 6: Cookie, Matzoh, Golem, Bench, Rev. Craig Moro
meditation on secret ingredients and the question of the "life" in
things. This sermon is delivered in support of the annual Stewardship
campaign. It also speaks favorably of cookies, matzohs, and benches!
(Folems are another matter.)
- April 13: An Historical Look at Franklin County, Guest Speaker, Sherel Well
Our church is in Franklin County now! Today we'll examine the history of our new home.
- April 20: Time to Make a Good Thing Better, Rev. Craig Moro
series on the "sources" of UU tradition continues today as I propose a
change that may help us open our doors to people who may not yet be
certain if they are welcome. They are--and we will be enriched by their presence.
- April 27: The Value of Open Space, Our Guest Speakers will be Members from BFOSC
we will explore personal perspectives about the value of open space and
the actions taken in our community to promote and preserve open space.
Members of the Benton-Franklin Open Space Coalition will be speaking.
- March 2: Year of the Elephant, Rev. Craig Moro
was 570 A.D. when the army of a great empire attempted a "surgical
strike" in order to remove a source of annoyance and a challenge to its
power. What happened, and why does it matter today?
- March 9: Pastoral Care Ministry in the Hospital Setting, Guest Speaker, Rev. Garcia
the Chaplain at Kennewick General Hospital, Rev. Garcia believes that
we are all spiritual beings, transcending Christianity and certainly
all denominations. He will share some of his experiences with people
from different religious perspectives.
- March 16: Loaves, Fishes, and Barabbas, Rev. Craig Moro
Gospel of Matthew sets one crowd scene shortly after another. In the
first, Jesus and his disciples feed 5,000 people with only five loaves
of bread and two fish. In the second scene, a crowd is asked to choose
only one of three prisoners to save from public execution. Were any
from the first crowd also present in the second? What does it mean, if
- March 23: Easter: An Intergenerational Celebration, CUUC Members
season of Easter is a great time to ponder Jesus the Questioner. The
inquiry approach to spiritual meaning is right "at home" with Unitarian
Universalists, as we know that lively questions enrich the community!
Join the Children, Youth, and Young Adults in a Springtime celebration
through music, poetry, story, and sharing.
- March 30: Now is the Time!, Guest Speaker, Rev. Dr. Richard Erhardt
live in dark times of fear and uncertainty. Our situation is
precarious. Our liberal religious heritage has a saving message that
that we do matters. In times of darkness the light of liberal religion
is a beacon of hope. How do we support our liberal faith so that we may
be supported by it?
- February 3: More Than a Mouthful, Rev. Craig Moro
is quite a mouthful to say. But it's also much more than that. The book
called by that name is one of a very few religious epics from the
ancient world that has a woman as its hero. We are fortunate to share a
religious tradition in which no single religious scripture is placed on
top of all others, so we can give this powerful story the attention it
deserves! A word of caution: like the Old and New Testaments, this
story contains some strong and disturbing imagery!
- February 10: Self-Knowledge, Guest Speaker, Chris Turner
- February 17: Bridges Full of Holes, Rev. Craig Moro
members of a UU congregation once told me that I had better throw
certain other members of the church I was serving, or risk getting
tossed myself. They weren't kidding. But what could I do? And what were
those "certain others" doing that made some folks so angry? Find out
- February 24: The Criminal Justice Situation in the Tri-Cities, Guest Speaker, Richard Nordgren
- January 6: I am a Lie, Rev. Craig Moro
Our statement of UU Principles and Purposes tells us that "The living tradition we share draws from many sources,"
then goes on to say that the very first of these sources is "Direct
experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all
cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to
the forces which create and uphold life." That's quite a mouthful! Over
a thousand years ago, one poet in India seems to have had his own
mouthful of such "direct experience." Let's share its flavor, and
address the role of mystical experience in our religious lives.
- January 13: Planned Parenthood, Guest Speaker, Timara Shindehite
- January 20: Why Does Two Come After One?, Rev. Craig Moro
second amendment to the U.S. Constitution (the one with the weapons) is
beloved by many who call themselves "conservatives" while the first
amendment (the one with the freedoms) is the darling of so-called
"liberals." Why do these amendments come in the order that they do, and
how does this relate to our second source: "Words and deeds
of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and
structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power
- January 27: An Historical Look at Franklin County, Guest Speaker, Sherel Webb