Dashed hopes, disappointment, feelings of loss – we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t experience these following a major or minor setback. What helps us regain our footing and recover our outlook that good things still lie ahead?Read more
In 2006, singer-songwriter John Mayer wrote, “Now we see everything that’s going wrong/With the world and those who lead it/We just feel like we don’t have the means/To rise above and beat it/So we keep waiting/Waiting on the world to change.” When life is calling for change, how might we find a response that is faithful both to our values and our means?Read more
“See you in September” has special meaning at Northwest. It’s the time when our programs resume and the pace of activities picks up after the summer lull. This month is no exception, with multiple opportunities for engagement, volunteering and good fun. Check out everything we have planned in this month’s UNIverse.Read more
It seems that the train ride across the Mississippi invited Hughes to honor the flow of pain and promise experienced by African Americans, as well as his own deep wisdom.
At our UUA General Assembly, which took place in New Orleans on the shores of the historic Mississippi, I received an invitation, too, of both a different and similar sort. There was much discussion this year about building greater awareness of the ways we unknowingly perpetuate systems of white supremacy within Unitarian Universalism. Congregations were asked to have courageous and beloved conversations about this so that we can discover where we are in our own awareness journey and what we might do to change and grow.Read more
Louisa May Alcott wrote a relatively obscure novel about this subject. We have a long religious history of exploring what work is and why we do it. Come celebrate a UU Labor Day weekend.Read more
The mighty Mississippi River has flowed through the lives of countless people for thousands of years, and its history includes stories of pain and promise. This past June, over 4,000 Unitarian Universalists added to these stories as we came together in New Orleans and recommitted ourselves to ending white supremacy in all of its forms.
Join us for our annual “ingathering” and water appreciation service as we explore Mississippi River stories of struggle and hope and begin our 2017-18 program year together.Read more
Niebuhr had a nuanced and realistic view of the human condition, our societies, and how to best make them work for the common good. His spiritual journey was strange and unique, and surprisingly similar to many of the spiritual journeys of members and friends in this congregation.Read more
A short history of this summer blockbuster film and comic book character – and what relation she might have to the real aspirations and reality for women and girls (and the men around them).Read more
We’ll explore the idea of bringing mirth and laughter into our lives and the lives of others. Laughter being the best medicine, let us minister to one another with good humor and a glad spirit. Tony Barbagallo will lead the service with David Morgen as Worship Associate (or is that as Court Jester?)Read more
UUs can draw heavily on Rienhold Niebuhr, a Christian realist philosopher of the 20th century, to better ground our activism, focus on our shortcomings, and be more realistic with our expectations. Laugh with us as we consider our common humanity and discuss ways to retain what is best of that humanity while we support courageous action.Read more