Events Archive

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.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Merry Month of May

Holley Ulbrich. Beltane. May 1st is an ancient and rather rowdy fertility festival. Many of us are done with reproducing our species, and not drawn to or gifted at gardening. How can we use our fertile minds and imaginations to connect with, honor, and care for Mother Earth?

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
From You I Receive, To You I Give

Holley Ulbrich. The four forbidden topics of polite conversation? Sex, money, religion, politics.  Let's leave the sex and politics to the evening news and focus on exploring how the intersection of our faith community and our money enriches us as individuals and in our relationships to one another and the world around us.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Harry Potter Meets the Last Jedi: Adolescents and Mentors

Holley Ulbrich. Our kids, and many of our adults, get their values and conduct their search for truth and meaning in a lot of places. One of those places is popular culture. Along with sex and violence, some kinds of popular culture; convey good role models and positive values packaged in ways that speak to adolescents--and their mentors. The Harry Potter series and Star Wars have been important in doing just that. What are the lessons from these two series for adolescents, young adults--and their mentors?

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
When The Haints Come Marchin' In: Life Lessons from Gullah, Rome, Shinto and Henry Louis Gates

Holley Ulbrich. Many religions--Shinto, Confucianism, African religions--venerate the ancestors. The Gullah people compress the ancestors into "Haints" and ward them off by painting their doorways blue. How do we keep ourselves from being haunted by the difficult people of our past while welcoming the continued presence of those who helped us to develop our roots and wings?

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 11:00am - Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 12:00pm
Free Church, Free People: Covenant and Democracy

Holley Ulbrich. Ours is the only religious tradition that makes democracy an article of faith. Democracy replaces a hierarchical (king, bishop) rule with a covenantal relationship among equals. As we prepare for the midterm elections in just over three weeks, how do our practice of covenant and our fifth principle offer us inspiration and guidance on being responsible citizens of our congregation and our state and nation?

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Quilting Your Own Theology

Holley Ulbrich. Each of us has a unique way of making sense of our world and our lives, but with lots of common elements. Our "cosmology" is built up over a lifetime, sometimes alone, sometimes with others, sometimes intentionally and systematically, sometimes in response to events. Our congregations are our quilting bees, and our quilts are always a work in progress. What's your like?