Events Archive

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 7:20am
Work, Spiritual Practice, and Economic Justice: A Labor Day Reflection

Holley Ulbrich. Work, or vocation, or career takes up a lot of our time and energy.  With an attitude of mindfulness, work of any kind, from folding laundry to weeding the garden to cleaning teeth and cooking meals and teaching classes and building houses can be a spiritual practice.  It can also be a source of community (derived from the Latin communire, to build together) and a challenge to our sense of social justice.  How do we tie these threads of reflection on the work of our hands, heads and hearts into a meaningful understanding of the role of work in the life of people of faith?

Service Leader: Mary Teslow

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 6:00am
Unitarians as Presidents (or Nearly)

Holley Ulbrich. How many Unitarians (no Universalists) have been president and/or vice president of the US?  Six for sure, with two more contested.  (One came to the faith after his presidency, and the other was raised that way but had to at least appear to be more conventionally Christian.) Why were so many of them one-termers?  A reflection on their strengths and weaknesses in public service as related to their/our faith tradition may offer some insights on how Unitarian Universalism can function as a bridge between factions and a mediator in a polarized nation.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 6:00am
99 Sheep

Holley Ulbrich. POSTPONED When the shepherd goes off to rescue the lost sheep, what happens to the other 99? Who protects them from wolves or finds them a new place to graze?  How does it look different from the perspective of the shepherd, the lost sheep, and the other 99? We start the new year with some hard questions where religion, economics, and ethics challenge us not just to do the right thing but to figure out what is the right thing to do.

Service Leader: Mary Teslow

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 6:00am
99 Sheep

Holley Ulbrich.  When the shepherd goes off to rescue the lost sheep, what happens to the other 99? Who protects them from wolves or finds them a new place to graze?  How does it look different from the perspective of the shepherd, the lost sheep, and the other 99? We start the new year with some hard questions where religion, economics, and ethics challenge us not just to do the right thing but to figure out what is the right thing to do.

Service Leader: Mary Teslow

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 7:00am
The Ties that Bind: Living in Covenanted Community

Holley Ulbrich. The word covenant has long been bandied about in UU circles, but it's gaining more traction lately. Congregations, boards, committees, and other groups are setting some boundaries about how we behave and how we relate.  We have a long history of individualism in Unitarian Universalism that can make it difficult to work together to create and sustain healthy congregational communities.  When there is conflict, how do we restrain the urge to pick up our marbles and go home?  How do we balance respect for the individual with shared responsibility to and for each other and for the whole?

 

Service Leader: Joan Hawthorne

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 7:00am
Lammas: The Greenfields Within

Holley Ulbrich. It is now high summer and the union of Sun and Earth, of God and Goddess, has produced the First Harvest. Lammas is the celebration of this first, Grain Harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance.

Service Leader: Mary Teslow

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 7:00am
A Unitarian Universalist Jesus
Holley Ulbrich. In the Apostle's Creed that most of us learned and rejected, there is an interesting gap in the story. Jesus was "born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried..." What happened between birth and death? Isn't that what matters? Perhaps we should fill in the gap. Let's take a closer look about what we know about Jesus who lived and taught as a visionary and prophet and who can still be a source of wisdom and inspiration to us today as religious liberals.
Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 6:00am
Keep Your Eye Upon the Doughnut: Cultivating Abundance
Holley Ulbrich. When we want to produce more goods and create more jobs, we rely on that rather nasty but abundant quality of humans, greed, as a motivator. What would our communities and our lives look like if generosity or altruism was abundant instead? How can we make some of those good qualities more abundant in ourselves, our communities, and our world?
Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Spring Housecleaning as Spiritual Practice
Holley Ulbrich. Imbolc, February 1st, is the time of birthing of lambs and of purification. In ancient Rome and among the Celts, it was a time to clean house. The the idea of spring house cleaning persists. If it is done with humility, with mindfulness,and with a commitment to letting go, it can be; rather offbeat but meaningful spiritual practice for us to revive and celebrate.
Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Lone Ranger and The Beloved Community

Holley Ulbrich. We all grew up with Superman in the comics and the Lone Ranger on TV, swooping in to right the wrongs and rescue those who could not rescue themselves. But Lone Ranger or Superman as an operating style fails to build and sustain a healthy community. Each of us needs to look at our own operating style in leadership roles and the qualities we look for in choosing leaders so that we can we can help our communities—family, neighborhood, congregation, nation--develop a leadership style that is intentionally collaborative.