Speaker: Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Stevens

Right Speech, Right Action

What are the practices that help us bring our speech and our actions into alignment with our deep values? How do we train ourselves to respond skillfully, rather than reacting instinctively? The answers will be different for everyone, but the questions are worth pondering together.

White Lies

On the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Unitarian minister James Reeb in Selma, AL (an event which helped turn the tide of public support for the Civil Rights Act), two journalists with Southern roots and liberal educations went back to the scene of the … read more.

Understanding the Epidemic

Each year, Elizabeth auctions off a sermon topic to raise funds for the church. This year’s winner, Pat Rathmann, has asked her to reflect on a difficult subject that deserves our attention and focus. The epidemic of Gun violence in our nation shows no signs … read more.

The Burning Service

This annual contemplative service is centered on the ritual of burning the things from the previous year we are ready to let go of – and holding on to the things we have learned and want to carry forward with us.

 

 

Solstice

Sink into the dark, and celebrate the returning of the light with an intergenerational ritual and spiral dance, followed by a feast!

 

Aweism

One need not have God to feel and experience awe. One just needs life.  -Phil Zuckerman

In his book, Living the Secular Life, sociologist Phil Zuckerman believes that awe is a universal and appropriate response to the natural world. His hope is that atheists, agnostics, skeptics, … read more.

Advent Vespers

Join Ginger Allen and Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Stevens for a brief, candlelight service inviting reflection on hope, joy, love, and peace.  A simple soup supper will follow.  Child care provided.

Waiting

The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Advent is a season of waiting with anticipation.   Sometimes we also wait with hope or dread, with peace or with awe.  How does the attitude with which we choose … read more.

Kindness

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. -Henry James

What does it mean to be kind?  What is the difference between being kind and being nice?  How … read more.

In the Shadows

How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole. -Carl Jung

It’s easy to pay attention to the loud, the bright, the demanding.  However, tremendous gifts wait for us when … read more.