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Description: A meditation that leads up to the fourth UU principle:
"We covenant to affirm and promote a free and responsible search
for truth and meaning.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig Musician: Ellen Fillion
December 13- “Guest At Your Table”- Speaker: Meryl Birn
For more than thirty years, the Guest at Your Table tradition has
helped UUs build lasting connections to UU principles and support
the movement for universal human rights. It is a simple and
meaningful way to incorporate "faith in action" into your life.
Worship Associate: Gail Taff Musician: Fran Handy
December 20 - “Solstice” - Speaker: CUUC Members
The turn of the season, as the dark yields to light, is a time for
contemplation and celebration. Today we’ll have a little of both.
Worship Associates: Mike Truex and Diane Reed Musician: Ellen Fillion & CUUC Choir
December 24- “Christmas Eve” - Speaker: CUUC Members
We’ll join on this night for songs and stories from the Christmas
season. Please bring a few cookies (no peanuts or peanut products
please) to share after the service.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex Musician: Ellen Fillion
December 27-“Sharing Circle” - Speaker: CUUC Members
Today we look back on one year and forward to another. What is it
that stirred us last year and what is our hope for the world as we
move into the next?
Worship Associate: Jenny Rieke Musician:
“Oh My!” Speaker:
Rev. Craig Moro
Let’s take a walk down
the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and her friends as we contemplate
what it means to affirm and promote our third UU
principle, “acceptance of one another and encouragement to
spiritual growth.” Can we help each other to break the spells and
enchantments that have cursed our recent public discourse? (I’m
taking our principles slightly out of order, but the day after
Halloween seems a good time to match the third principle’s power
against that of the Wicked Witch!)
Vickie Fausz; Musician:
and Faith” Speaker:
Dawnne Woodie, a
transgender activist and minister, will discuss gender identity
issues within faith communities. Also, she will touch on
Transgender Remembrance Day.
Worship Associate: Alex
Mike & Shannon Truex
15 - “Is There One
Man in Hell?” Speaker:
Rev. Craig Moro [Listen Now 7.8MB]
Ambrose Bierce defined
'Universalist' this way in his book, The Devil's Dictionary:
“Universalist, n. One who forgoes the advantage of a hell for
persons of another faith.” But aren’t there some advantages
in having a hell that holds just a few of the very worst people, or
maybe only one? Let’s examine this question in the light of
our second principle, by which we covenant to affirm and promote
“justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.”
Worship Associate: Alex
Emig; Musician: Ellen Fillion & CUUC
22- “Guest At
Your Table” Speaker:
For more than
thirty years, the
Guest at Your Table tradition
has helped UUs build lasting connections to UU principles and support
the movement for universal human rights. It is a simple and
meaningful way to incorporate "faith in action" into your
Associate: Gail Taff; Musician: Ellen Fillion
“For This I am Thankful” Speaker:
crafted a wonderful chalice lighting reading: “Life is a gift for
which we are grateful. We gather in community to celebrate the
glories and the mysteries of this great gift.” A good theme
for the day!
Worship Associate: Mike
Truex; Musicians: Mike & Shannon
“Bread, Roses and Upturned
Rev. Craig Moro [Listen Now, 9.4Mb]
"Touch of Grey"
was about the closest thing that The Grateful Dead ever had to a radio
hit. It’s Jerry Garcia’s response to someone reciting a long list of
grievances on their way out of his door. Today I’ll respond to another
list of shortcomings, drawn up by someone who turned up his nose while
leaving our religious movement for a “better” one with more exciting
teachings. You be the judge!
Climate change is at the forefront of
global political discourse regarding the health of the planet.
Scientific evidence strongly suggests that we are fast approaching a
“tipping point” beyond which significant and irrevocable
environmental changes will occur. Let us explore what it is to
live in an era of global climate change and how we may be called to
action, individually and as a community, on behalf of Earth and the
future of humanity.
First Principle” Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro [Listen Now, 6.5Mb]
The first Holy Truth of Buddhism is the
recognition of the universality of suffering, the realization that
“all is ill.” The Buddha said: “It is difficult to shoot from a
distance arrow after arrow through a narrow key hole, and miss not
once… It is still more difficult to penetrate to the fact
that ‘all this is ill.’” Likewise, our own first principle—“to
affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every
person”--is at once the key to all the others and the most
difficult one to practice. But is it still worth trying?
25-‘Association Sunday” Speaker: Diane Reed
The theme for this year's Association
Sunday is "Growing Our Diversity." We'll explore our ties
with our larger faith community and consider the ways that we can
expand our diversity and welcome a wide range of people into our
September 6th: Follow The Leader, Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro [Listen Now, 6.89Mb]
Hide-and-Seek, Peekaboo--some games are so simple and immediate that
they almost compel us to play. Today I'll tell the story of a game of
Follow-The-Leader that took a tragic turn, in the hope that it can
teach us something of value.
September 13th: Social Justice; What Can Our Community Do?, Speaker: CUUC Members
September 20th: Wrong Turn At Albuquerque, Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro [Listen Now, 8.53Mb]
in last year's Bible class at CUUC read some creation stories, some
destruction stories, and many tales of wandering and pondering. Had we
kept reading, we would also have come to a cartoon that's loads of fun,
but that's not all, folks! It's also well worth our attention in these
days between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur.
September 27th: We're the Ones We've Been Waiting For, Speaker: Bill Scarvie
organizing principals of Earth Community are so closely aligned with
the principals of my faith that I cannot affirm and promote one without
affirming and promoting the other." In this service we will explore
the moral imperitive of the Earth Community described in David Korten's
recent book, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community.
Scarvie serves as Coordinator of Outreach for the Earth Community
Initiative of Korten's People Centered Development Forum and has spoken
at many UU congregations.
August 2nd: Jury Duty, Speaker: Mike Truex
Words are used to describe our world - but are they sufficient?
August 9th: Jesus - What Did He Really Say?, Speaker: Scott Wilson
2 decades ago a group of scholars published a redlined gospel edition
of the Five Gospels (including Thomas) after an extensive retranslation
of the text. It was the final product of study by hundreds of scholars
using and articulating specific rules of evidence for understanding the
history of the gospels as they searched for the "Historical Jesus".
Unlike many other religions, Jesus did not leave writings and his death
after only few years as a traveling teacher made his impact short but
clearly it was powerful. What did he really say?
August 16th: The Green Sanctuary, Guest Speaker: Katherine Jesch
Jesch is Director of Environmental Ministry for Unitarian Universalist
Ministry for Earth. She coordinates teh Green Sanctuary Program,
supporting congregational efforts to deepen their relationship with
Earth, connect their love of Earth with their faith, and turn their
compassion into effective action for healing the Earth and ourselves.
Rev. Jesch has worked with over 200 congregations, preaching, leading
workshops and retreats, and consulting with congregations on issues of
environment and Earth justice in a context of our faith.
August 23rd: Evolve Your Brain, Speaker: Dave Comstock [Read Now, .DOC file]
explore key points from Joe Dispenza's book on the human mind, how it
works, and the science of changing (rewiring) your mind. His ideas
include practical tools for breaking old habits and mindfully
initiating new positive habits to actively create each day.
August 30th: Mingling of the Waters, Speaker: CUUC Members
tradition is to start the church year with a service of sharing.
Please come and share the essence of your journey and your adventures
from the summer. We use water as our symbol of how our journeys
intermingle at church. You're welcome to bring a sample of water that
represents part of your story to pour into a common vessel containing
water from past sharing and from other stories of this year.
- July 5th: State of Shame: Considering Immigration Issues, Guest Speaker: Jose Garcia
all probably like to eat a fresh apple, and grapes, or mabye we ate
nice, dark red, sweet cherries just lately, but most of us do not think
really how these "Fruits of God" got to our tables. Just a day after
celebrating "Independence Day", I wonder how "independent" are those
who pick our fruit and vegetables and how "independent" is society from
- July 12th: Faith of the Father, Member-led Service
sermon by former CUUC member, now UU minister, Rev. Duane Fickeisen
addresses some key issues in the discussion of the tension between
church and state. What did the founding fathers believe and intend? A
timely discussion as we come off the 4th of July holiday.
- July 19th: When Emerson Met Hafiz, Guest Speaker Nayer Taheri
Nayer Taheri is pediatric chaplain at the Providence Hospice of
Seattle. She received her Master's degree from the Starr King School
for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist Seminary in Berkeley, CA.
One of her interests in UU studies includes the relations between our
faith and mystical aspects of Islam. Her sermon explores the
connection between Emerson's thoughts and Hafiz's philosophy of love
and how the two met in spite of difference of time and space.
- July 26th: Deep Connections, Member-led Service
do we form a meaningful faith community? Is it just enough to be
together on Suday mornings for worship and fellowship? Are there ways
to create community and minister to each other in significant ways?
Many UU churches form covenant groups or small group ministries. Let's
take a look at what this is all about, in addition to other possible
ways to be and grow together.
- June 7: Still Goodenough, Rev. Craig Moro [Listen Now, 7.25Mb]
in 1894 the Rev. S. Goodenough - minister of the Universalist church of
Oakland, CA - began a sermon on the tumultuous times that our nation
was experiencing, but seems not to have finished it. I’ll try to do it
for him today. Come hear about the many interesting connections between
his times and ours, and between our church and his!
- June 14: National Marrow Donor Program and Registry, Guest Speaker, Cristina Klatovfky
day, thousands of patients with life threatening illnesses, such as
leukemia or other diseases of the blood system, are told they need a
marrow transplant to survive. The National Marrow Donor Program
maintains a volunteer registry to help those patients that need a
marrow donor and can not find one within the family (only 30% do find a
- June 21: The Power of Celebration, Rev. Craig Moro [Listen Now, 8.20Mb]
we celebrate may say as much about us as what we believe or what we
achieve. What do our celebrations say about who we are and who we want
- June 28: This I Believe, Member-led Service
do we believe? Each person takes a different path to this faith, this
church, this sanctuary. This morning, a few of us will share that part
of the journey we have come to call "This I Believe."
- May 3: Apologies to a Flea, Rev. Craig Moro [Listen Now, 7.4Mb]
travel back to a high school biology class during Vietnam War days and
ponder how we can educate for peace, educate for wonder, and still
- May 10: Mother's Day, Member-led Service
Join us for a Mother's Day celebration!
- May 17: Bring Them Out, Rev. Craig Moro [Listen Now, 7.5Mb]
Sodom's true sin, and what we can learn from it.
- May 25: Workshop Reflections, Member-led Service
Reflections from a recent workshop offer us reason to ponder.
- May 31: Our Faith in the Public Square, Member-led Service
work as a liberal religious faith is unfinished as long as there is
poverty and injustice in the world. Now, more than ever, is the time to
make our Unitarian Universalist values heard by our elected officials.
In doing so, we honor Unitarian and Universalist traditions of
political and social activism. The Reverend Carol McKinley is a
community minister affiliated with the Olympia UU Congregation, and is
coordinator of and lobbyist for Washington UU Voices for Justice, a
statewide legislative network that advocates for progressive public
- April 5: A Little Temptation For You, Rev. Craig Moro
in the gospel according to Luke, Jesus is baptized in the waters of the
Jordan River. He then goes into the desert for a period of fasting and
prayer, and also for a little temptation when the Devil tries to get
him to do some crazy stuff by—of all things!—quoting scripture at him.
There’s a lesson to be learned here, one that I’ll try to unpack for
- April 12: Trip to the Holy Land, Member-led Service
Eselun will share his reflections upon his recent trip to Jerusalem
with a friend facing a grave medical crisis— both the external journey
to Jerusalem and the internal journey through fear and unanswerable
- April 19: The Barbarian Problem, Rev. Craig Moro [Listen Now, 7.4Mb]
us for a morning of kung fu in the sanctuary. In the Confucian
tradition, kung fu means “moral efforts,” but I promise you martial
arts fans that Bruce Lee will also pay us a visit today! We’ll consider
who’s civilized and who’s a barbarian, and also hear about the only
time that Confucius is known to have hit another person. (This is the
final installment in our Confucius series this year.)
- April 26: What Happened to Passion? Why the Religious Right is So Far Ahead of Progressive Faith Groups, Guest Speaker, Rev. Vincent Lachina
The Rev. Vincent Lachina is the state chaplain for the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Washington.
- March 1: Almost Tame, Rev. Craig Moro
we've had pulpit visits from a big black dog, a bigger red dog, and
an armadillo or two. Today we'll meet a couple of squirrels and a
fox. We'll also continue our conversation with an old Chinese
gentleman, and hear his thoughts about the power of li, or ritual. This is the third installment in our four-part Confucius series.
- March 8: Evolution, Member-led Service
been 200 years since Darwin's birth and 150 years since the
publication of his book describing evolution. Scientific investigation
continues to provide evidence for the process of evolution. Still,
evolution is provocative in many ways. What does it provoke in you?
- March 15: Nice Little Church You've Got Here, Rev. Craig Moro
is our religious community? Physical dimensions and numbers of members
can be deceptive. When we come together on Sundays, we gather on
something like the tip of an iceberg - there's so much more beneath
the surface! Lets explore such thoughts together as we move forward
with our annual stewardship campaign.
- March 22: Mid-Columbia Reading Foundation, Marc Harden
Mid-Columbia Reading Foundation distributes books to children
throughout our community and works to ensure that every child is read
to twenty minutes a day from birth and that at least 90 percent of
students read at or above their grade level by the end of third grade.
- March 29: Justice Sunday: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Celebrating 60 Years of Justice, Member-led Service
spring, Unitarian Universalist congregations nationwide stand together
on one pressing human rights issue. By celebrating Justice Sunday, we
can gain in-depth knowledge about an urgent human rights issue and take
action steps to advocate for change.
- February 1: A Bit of Your Best , Rev. Craig Moro
been called "ancestor worship" is really a way of thinking that asks us
to consider our individual lives in the context of past, present, and
future generations. How does it change the way we live when we try to
give a bit of our best to each of these, every day? This is the first
sermon in a four-part series on Confucian thought and spirituality.
- February 8: Sexual Assault Response Center, Guest Speaker, Jennifer Brady, Education Outreach Coordinator
Assault Response Center provides crisis services, support, and advocacy
to victims of all non-domestic violence crimes, non-offending family
members and others who are impacted by crime. They offer prevention
based education ad community development initiatives.
- February 15: Correcting Clifford , Rev. Craig Moro
the Public Broadcasting System, Unitarian Universalist principles, and
a big red dog: what do all of these have to do with each other? Come
join us this morning to find out! (Second part of the Confucius series,
which continues in March)
- February 22: Lutheran Community Services, Guest Speaker, Jean Tucker, Director of Marketing and Development of Lutheran Community Services
provides 24-hour crisis intervention services for children and teens,
as well as therapeutic foster care for children and teens with
significant mental health issues. The Columbia Basin office has been
serving the community for 45 years. Jean has been playing the violin
since she was 5 years old. The violin she will be playing today is
almost 100 years old.
- January 4: What Time Is It?, Rev. Craig Moro
now, itï¿½s the Hebrew year 5769, Chinese year 4645, and the Thai year
2552. But what time is it the cycle of your life? Letï¿½s ponder this
- January 11: In the Words of Martin Luther King Jr., Member-Led Service
all generally know what Martin Luther King Jr. did for civil rights and
non-violent means of protest. We may also know some lines from his
speeches. Let's hear more of what he said.
- January 18: Of Pets, Gifts, and Guests at Your Table, Rev. Craig Moro
meet a big black dog, an armadillo, and the only pet thatï¿½s ever
mentioned in the Bible. At the same time we'll consider how tight
times and the present economic crisis offers us a window through which
we can our world more clearly. Be sure to bring in those Guest at Your
Table boxes today!
- January 25: The 'Big Three' of Peace: King, Gandhi, and Jesus, Jim Stoffels, World Citizens for Peace
the pervasive presence of violence in our world, peace seems like a
dream that is becoming more distant. But the nonviolent spirit of three
who gave their lives for peace is still with us. By examining and
imitating their lives, we can grow that spirit within ourselves and
"let peace begin with me.