Sermons by Rev. Kevin Tarsa

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Love is the Water that Wears Down the Rock

Love is the Water that Wears Down the Rock Sermon delivered Sunday, February 11, 2018 to the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains by Rev. Kevin Tarsa   Opening Words    attributed to Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu “Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As […]

Resurrecting the Spirit

I Am Learning by Carmen Riley  I am learning the endless joys of sobriety The multiple ways in which to calm my fears and mend my broken spirit The multiple ways to call back my power. I learn trust Take refuge against the spiraling vortex of my past I am learning… Learning to spread my […]

Courage!

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Courage! a homily by The Rev. Kevin Tarsa Reflections by Kristin Famula, Acting DRE delivered October 1, 2017 Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Grass Valley, CA With this service, we enter our month-long exploration of the theme of courage. We’ve begun our work to identify our mission, we transition today from our Acting Director […]

Seeing Beyond Hate

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Seeing Beyond Hate a sermon by The Rev. Kevin Tarsa delivered September 24, 2017 Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Grass Valley, CA In reaction to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, with its violence and its participants’ Nazi and anti-Jewish chants of “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us,” our national and […]

Welcoming our Full Selves

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Welcoming our Full Selves A Full Community Service September 10, 2017 Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, Grass Valley, CA   Opening Words – The Rev. Kevin Tarsa When I first visited a Unitarian Universalist congregation 30 years ago I wasn’t sure what to expect and I wasn’t sure that the people would accept me […]

Oh, We Give Thanks!

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Note: Rather than a traditional sermon, this service offered a feast of pieces calling us to awareness and gratitude. Here are links to most of those pieces. Gathering Song #21 For the Beauty of the Earth Opening Words    What Song? by Victoria Safford http://archive.uuworld.org/2003/03/calltoworship.html Opening Hymn    #1010 Oh, We Give Thanks Story     Thankful Dogs by […]

What’s Y/Our Story

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“What’s Y/Our Story” by Rev. Kevin Tarsa Delivered November 6, 2016 Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Grass Valley, CA Message That hymn (#297 The Star of Truth) is one of my favorites. I appreciate its celebration of uncertainty, of a story continually being written. I appreciate also its naming that each of us sees […]

Forgive for Good

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“Forgive for Good” by Rev. Kevin Tarsa Delivered October 23, 2016 Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Grass Valley, CA Opening Words   Let Go, by Lois Van Leer http://www.uua.org/worship/words/opening/let-go Readings “The Skeleton at the Feast” by Frederick Buechner http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/279489-of-the-seven-deadly-sins-anger-is-possibly-the-most “You Might Not Get the Apology You Deserve” (excerpt) by Shannon L. Alder http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/7571152-you-might-not-get-the-apology-you-deserve-you-might Message         “Forgive for […]

Tikkun Olam: All Lives Mattering in a Wounded World

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Tikkun Olam: All Lives Mattering in a Wounded World             What does it mean to be a community of healing? Rev. Kevin Tarsa UU Community of the Mountains Delivered October 9, 2016 (during the Jewish High Holy Days, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur)   Time for All Ages In the Jewish tradition, there is […]