Events Archive

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.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 8:45am
Discussion: The Shifting Religious Landscape

Discussion following pot luck on the Pew Report. on America's Changing Religious Langscape.

Read the Report here:

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 6:00am
Ready and Waiting? Finding Meaning in Advent for UUs

Holley Ulbrich. Pretty soon we will all be weary of being asked ," Are you ready for Christmas?" How do we get ready for any coming event, whether it is ready for school, ready for marriage, or ready for retirement?  And how do we make the best use of that time of waiting? Advent offers a time to reflect on the value of both patience and intentionality in a world that has too little of both.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 6:00am
Who Is In Your Moral Universe?

Holley Ulbrich. If we listen to Ayn Rand or some of our more extreme libertarian friends, my moral universe is just me, myself and I.  If we listen to Peter Seeger or Jesus or Mother Theresa or Albert Schweitzer, it includes every living being.  How do we find a place between those extremes where we can decide what we are responsible for and to whom without exhausting our time, energy, and resources? We'll try to make a good start on how each of us responds to that challenge.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 6:00am
The Sin of Idolatry: Superheroes,Messiahs, and Presidents

Holley Ulbrich. Our fifth source, humanism, counsels us against the idolatries of mind and spirit. One form of idolatry is counting on someone else to save us from ourselves, sparing us from the hard work of doing it ourselves. It's deeply embedded in American culture, and even UUs are not immune to the temptation.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 7:00am
Practicing Resurrection

Holley Ulbrich. Resurrection is one of those words that is rejected by many Unitarian Universalists because so many of our friends and neighbors insist on affirming the resurrection of Jesus as literal truth. We are in the season of rebirth, and many of us are also grappling with the loss of loved ones in the recent past.  How can the parable of the resurrection help us to both celebrate rebirth and renewal and grapple with the reality of death?

Service Leader: Steve Bowling

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 7:00am
Where Do I Place My Trust?

Holley Ulbrich. Somewhere between being a "patsy" at one extreme and paranoia at the other lies the right level of trust in ourselves and in others, including social institutions. Polls tel us that we are a distrustful nation, arming ourselves to the teeth, buying lots of insurance and trusting neither the market nor the government to create and sustain a livable society. Developing and practicing informed trust can it possible to live rich and meaningful lives without swaddling ourselves in layers of protection against those who prey on trusting souls. How do we, as individuals and as a faith tradition, learn to strike that balance?

Service Leader: Mary Teslow

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 7:00am
A Harvest of Gratitude

Holley Ulbrich. Lammas or Lughnasad is the ancient Celtic festival of first harvest, an appropriate time to celebrate gratitude for the abundance of the earth and of our lives.  This service will include a “blessing of the vegetables,” following a custom that persisted in this country in churches in colonial times of bringing the first fruits of the harvest to share with others. 

Service Leader: Mary Teslow