Sermons by Rev. Kevin Tarsa

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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 […]

When the Vow Breaks

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When the Vow Breaks             What does it mean to be a community of covenant? Rev. Kevin Tarsa UU Community of the Mountains Delivered September 25, 2016   100 years ago this week in The Union, the local Grass Valley newspaper, there was a notice that Josiah Royce had died September 14. Philosopher/theologian Josiah Royce […]

We Would Be One

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WE WOULD BE ONE What does it mean to be a community of covenant? Rev. Kevin Tarsa UU Community of the Mountains Delivered September 18, 2016   After Jesus died… (which is not how I begin most sermons, by the way, or have ever begun a sermon, until now)  the people who had known and […]