Archives: Services

On a Dark and Stormy Night

We dream of imaginary monsters because we have real fears. Sometimes we make monsters seem cool and mysterious because we ourselves are enchanted by the edges between life and death. This sermon will use history and legend to tell the story of one such beautiful monster. Inspired by River Roaders Suzyn Smith-Webb and Jana Kirkman, this one … read more

Hidden Wholeness

As we explore what it means to cultivate relationship, we tap into what it means to nurture our relationship to our spirituality. As Unitarian Universalists, we are pluralistic in nature, and it’s often easy to deprioritize our spiritual connection – especially for those of us who do not identify as spiritual. But how can tapping into our … read more

The Thing and the Symbol of the Thing

Rev. Nancy preaches often that real relationships have to be at the core of our commitments – in the congregation and in the world. This sermon, inspired by River Roader Jon Kerner, invites us to get beyond the temptation of symbolic or transactional relationships and toward some sense of real mutuality and shared accountability. As a colleague … read more

Radical Gratitude

Drawing from the insights of botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Kirsten will explore the concept of “radical gratitude” as it relates to RRUUC’s efforts to engage with the history of our land in order to build an ever more expansive definition of Beloved Community going forward.  Pre-register for our TWO … read more

Cultivating Relationship

There is an idea in the Book of Genesis that all the earth is planted like a garden – tended by the holy so that all things were “very good.” How is that garden of first-beginnings planted not in isolation, but in a network of truly intertwined relationships? Pre-register for our TWO services at 10:00 and … read more

We Can Do Hard Things

In a society that rushes us through the “bad” to get to the “good,” how do we make space for what is hard? How do we – as author and podcaster Glennon Doyle puts it – “Help each other carry the hard so we can all live a little bit lighter and braver, more free and … read more

Before, After, Always

What parts of us persist over time? What has changed in a way that might never quite come back, and what changes do we welcome with our whole selves? There is the before and after in our lives – and then there is the always – what sustains and persists through it all. Pre-register for our TWO … read more

Yes, No, Maybe: The Answer is Under Construction

What is the answer we want to the biggest questions?  When do we find power in “yes,” in “no,” and perhaps even in “maybe?” – especially in these ever-changing times. Pre-register for TWO services at 10:00 and 12:00! 10am service will be online and in person; 12pm service is only in person.

Walking the Second Marathon

Here we are at the end of a full-out marathon.  In a spiritual and emotional sense, so many of us have been running full-out since the pandemic began – but just when we thought we were at the finish line – a whole second marathon begins.  Can we walk the second marathon, lovingly, carefully – … read more

Persistence in Practice

Register for upcoming services now! Join us online or register in advance for worship IN PERSON at 10:00 for this very first “soft-open” Sunday! How do ritual and habit serve to build resilience in our spiritual lives?  How can we cultivate habits that expand our hearts and keep us going even in hard times?  Sign … read more