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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 […]

Brave Space and the Buddy Bench

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Brave Space and the Buddy Bench © preached* for the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley, CA by the Rev. Kathryn A. Bert September 17, 2017   I wish I could say all the things I could say… my favorite line from our hymnal I think.  Perhaps because it’s my job to […]

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 […]

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 […]