Hope in the Dark
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval December 10, 2017
Hope: Yearning for What Can Be
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval December 3, 2017
December marks a time of holy days across many religious traditions. Advent, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and Christmas all encompass themes of anticipation, finding light within the dark, and yearning and hopefulness for a new world. This month, we will reflect on the many sides of this ancient and complex topic – hope.
Two Words to Change Your Life
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval November 19, 2017
We teach our children to say “thank you” from a young age. These simple words can have a profound impact on ourselves and others. How can we more thoughtfully cultivate the practice of gratitude in our lives?
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval November 12, 2017
Our economy is a reflection of what and who we value. How do we move ever closer toward an economic model that values people and the planet? What role do we play in this endeavor as people of faith?
This Life is Enough
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval November 5, 2017
It can be difficult at times to recognize the gifts and blessings in our lives. It can be easier to live from a sense of scarcity rather than a sense of abundance. What would it take to live as if this life – your life – were enough?
Día de los Muertos
a multigenerational celebration October 29, 2017
El Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in Mexico with gatherings to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. In this lively celebration of life, we sing songs and tell stories for all ages to enjoy.
The Death of Sunday School…and Life After
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval October 22, 2017
The landscape of religious education is changing dramatically. At our congregation, we have the opportunity to embrace these changes and meet the shifting
spiritual needs of our multigenerational community – children and adults alike. Join the conversation as we probe these questions: Is the traditional Sunday school model dying? How do we “nurture each person’s spiritual journey”? What is the future of Unitarian Universalist religious education for all ages?
The Courage of Heretics
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval October 15, 2017
Ours is a heretical faith. At its foundations, Unitarian Universalism emerged out of communities that took theological stands at odds with accepted religious beliefs. How is that heretical tradition still alive today? In what ways are we called to be heretics in our time?
In the Handprint of Your Love
Kathryn Blume October 8, 2017
While it can be valuable to spend some time cataloguing and taking responsibility for our negative impacts on the world – our carbon footprint, our ecological footprint – the ongoing litany of our wrongdoing can wear down our spirits and sense of wellbeing. Giving more attention to our positive impacts, our handprint, can not only be personally rejuvenating, but restorative for the larger world as well. And there’s no better source for our best work than our deepest love.
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval October 1, 2017
Facing the unmasked hatred and bigotry of our time requires courage – emotional, moral, spiritual, and even physical. Our task as a religious community is to create a brave space in which we can call one another to greater truth and love, cultivate our courage, and then take action together.
Content warning: The sermon discusses disturbing events that may bring up intense emotions.
The sermon was delivered in two parts with a musical interlude, Boy on a Swing, by Heather Moz. The interlude is not included in the audio recording, but lyrics can be viewed here.
Welcoming the Other
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval September 24, 2017
Division and conflict often arise based on how we treat – and mistreat – “the other.” How do we come to define who is “the other” in our lives and in our communities? How might we go about offering welcome even across our apparent differences, no matter what they might be?
Welcoming New Beginnings
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval September 17, 2017
In many religious and spiritual traditions, this is a time of celebrating the new year. For many of us, fall is also a time of beginning again as school and church years begin and we embrace the change of seasons. How might we each welcome this time of new beginnings in our own lives?
Ingathering Sunday: Welcoming All of Who We Are
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval September 10, 2017
On this our Ingathering Sunday, we come back together to ground ourselves in community. We bring together the water we have gathered during our summer journeys – those that have taken us afar and those that have kept us close to home. We welcome all the parts of ourselves we bring into our shared spiritual community. Join together, welcome one another, and be welcomed again!