Sermons from 2017

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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 […]

Brave Space and the Buddy Bench


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


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 […]