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Free the Prodigal Self – 7/22/18 – Bev Lyon

FREE THE PRODIGAL SELF By Bev Lyon Part I – The Hostage Self     I love stories of all kinds, and one of my favorites is the story of the prodigal son. You may know it.  A man has two sons, one who leads a disreputable life in the city and one who stays […]

A More Perfect Union – 7-1-18 – Rev. Kevin Tarsa

A More Perfect Union a sermon by the Rev. Kevin Tarsa delivered July 1, 2018 to the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains   (Preceded by an excerpted reading of Langston Hughes’ poem, “Let America Be America Again.”)    “The happiness of governments like ours, wherein the people are truly the mainspring, is that they […]

UUCM Earth Day Sermon

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Earth Day, April 22, 2018 Sights and Sounds for Entering this Time  – slideshow of nature photography with nature sounds   Songs for Gathering     #21 For the Beauty of the Earth  #1066 O Brother Sun   Welcome      Gail Johnson Vaughan   Prelude     Ancient Mother   UUCM Family Choir and Congregation […]

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, by Bev Lyon


 COURAGE October 8, 2017 Somewhere in the back of my mind I had the romantic illusion that my ancestors had been driven from Ireland by famine. But when Lynn and I traveled there in 2010 I discovered that the dates were vague. Rather than starving refugees in the bottoms of leaky boats, it appears my […]

Courage, by Rev. Karyn Packard


COURAGE Rev. Karyn Packard October 8th, 2017 Courage… What conditions demand it?  Where does it come from?  What is courage…really? When I think about courage, what immediately comes to mind are those stories of soldiers throwing themselves over the bodies of their comrades to save them from being shot… valor in combat.  I think of […]



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


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 […]