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Help and Hope: Anticipation vs. Expectation

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Help and Hope Anticipation vs. Expectation July 16th, 2017 Rev. Karyn Packard Let me tell you about a little friend of mind.  Douglas was six when he came to Kapiolani Women’s and Children’s hospital in Honolulu for his first brain surgery.  His parents lived on a pig farm on the Big Island of Hawaii.  They […]

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 […]

Healing Together: A Tapestry of Faith

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Opening Words We all belong to groups in our lives: a family or families, school classrooms, scouting or 4H groups, churches, sports teams, bands, choirs, and community organizations. And sometimes there’s an event or situation that affects the group, such as a disappointment, failure, tragedy, betrayal, injury, or internal disagreement. Today, in this Tapestry of […]

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 […]

Everybody Needs a Rock

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Religious Education – Everybody Needs a Rock– August 14, 2016 Everybody needs a rock. I was introduced to this book early-on in my path as a religious educator – during a workshop on multigenerational worship at General Assembly. I immediately had a strong connection to the story – I loved the gentle symbolism and simple, […]