Events Archive

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 7:00am
A New Trinity for UUs: Updating Our Motto

Holley Ulbrich. For centuries, when we try to reduce the essence of what we are to a motto, it has been freedom, reason, and tolerance. That certainly distinguishes us from the Christian Right, but how do we define ourselves when it comes to the Christian left? Perhaps it is time for a new motto, one that emphasizes the values we share rather than our beliefs, or disbeliefs.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 7:00am
Hold ‘em or Fold ‘em? Reflecting on How We Respond to Change

Holley Ulbrich. When a relationship, a community or an organization changes in ways we are not happy with, how can/should we respond?  We can leave, we can speak out in order  to try to restore it to what it was, or we can adapt.  The third and fifth principles offer some direction on how we balance our responsibility to ourselves with the needs and desires of others.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 7:00am
Caution: Labels Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Holley Ulbrich. We all use labels for ourselves and others as a shorthand description of who we are, how we think, and what we value. Atheist/theist, liberal/conservative, Republican/Democrat, pro-choice/pro-life--we divide the world into two opposing camps and locate ourselves in one of them. But is that a good way of promoting dialogue, compromise, and, mutual respect and community in a pluralistic society? Or does it just shut down the conversation?. We will explore both the usefulness and the shadow side of labeling ourselves and others and how we can get past the label to the person under it.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 6:00am
Eating Alone, Eating Together

Holley Ulbrich. Mulling over all the ethical decisions associated with food can take the enjoyment out of our meals. How do we blend enjoying our meals and the companions with whom we share our food with our responsibility to the hungry and the planet?

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 7:00am
Tao of Unitarian Universalism.

Yin-YangHolley Ulbrich. What is it about Taoism that resonates with a surprising number of UUs, and how can it enrich our religious understanding and our relationship to one another and to the earth?

Carla   Ulbrich
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 7:00am
The Singing Patient

Carla Ulbrich. Humor, song and hope for people  who need it most- patients and healthcare workers.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 7:00am
A Few People Can Change the World: The Transcendentalists

Holley Ulbrich. You probably never met anyone who wore the label Transcendentalist, but a small group of eighteenth century New England thinkers, writers, ministers, educators and social activists from our faith tradition changed our culture and our world in a uniquely American style.  Let's get better acquainted with this interesting assortment of eccentrics and this influential period in Unitarian history whose reach spread far beyond our own way of being in religious community. 

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 7:00am
Ruth: Stranger in a Strange Land

Holley Ulbrich. The Book of Ruth, like Job and Esther, is a novel that is part of that eclectic collection of Jewish history, theology, religious practice, songs, and preaching that we call the Old Testament and Jews call the Tanakh. This particular novel affirms the Jewish commitment to welcoming the stranger as if he or she was one of your own.  As heirs to the Jewish prophetic and covenantal traditions, how do we practice that welcoming for strangers and/or immigrants to our country, our neighborhood, and our faith community?

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 7:00am
Bootleggers, Baptists, and Doing Well by Doing Good

Holley Ulbrich. In the book Bootleggers and Baptists by retired Clemson professor Bruce Yandle, he explores the alliances of those occupying the high moral ground and those pursuing personal gain by getting governments to impose regulations that meet the differing goals of these two groups.  This metaphor has a lot to say bout how we as Unitarian Universalists work with others in pursuit of social, economic and environmental justice.  How do we come to the terms with the (sometimes unsavory) company we are keeping?

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 7:00am
The Shifting Religious Landscape

Holley Ulbrich. According to the Pew report, we are seeing seismic shifts in the religious landscape, driven by demographics (fertility and migration) and "conversion", primarily from Christianity to unchurched. The world is becoming not only more unchurched but also more Muslim, less Christian, and less Jewish. What do these shifts mean to our little dot on the landscape in terms of our future and our mission?

There will be a facilitated discussion during/after the pot luck to explore these implications for Unitarian Universalism. Read the Pew Report. on America's Changing Religious Langscape at the link below.