The prophetic voice is essential to our Unitarian Universalist understanding of religion. Naming the injustices of the world, organizing to confront them, and staying committed until love and justice prevail are what we are proud to point to in our UU history and it is what deeply engages UUs across the country today. How do […]
Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger
Rev. Leuchtenberger is our senior minister. Read more.
The idea of equanimity is central to Buddhism yet can also be found in many other world religions and the wisdom stories that ground these religions. As the saying goes: “Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm.” What can the world religions teach us about attaining evenness of mind under […]
On this Easter Sunday, we will celebrate the importance of hope and the reasons for hope even when so much around us looks bleak and discouraging. Come hear stories of hope from our youth who went to DC for the March for Our Lives. Come hear the choir sing the timeless music of Vivaldi’s Gloria. Come, because our […]
For most of us, to live fully and well is our deepest longing. Yet so often in our lives, we’re embroiled in thought, entranced by some distant drama, lost in a past we can’t change or a future that rarely comes to pass. And yet… there is in life the possibility of cultivating […]
Albert Schweitzer reminds us that “at times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.” Hope is the lifeline to what comes next, it is “the argument that refutes death, the genius that invents the future” in the words of poet Lisel Mueller. Yet hope is neither guaranteed nor […]
When tragedy hits, when trauma numbs our senses, when we are hurting inside and out, how do we hang in there? How do we come back to life? Come hear stories of people reclaiming life when hope was hard to justify, stories of resilience in the face of adversity, stories of strength and courage growing […]
“Don’t Yuck My Yum” has become a favorite guideline within our youth group covenant. It reminds us to notice when someone is passionate and excited about something and to be careful and kind in the way we react to that passion even if we don’t share the excitement. Our passions are core to who we […]
As Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz points out, to this day we idolize men who advocated and implemented genocide as great heroes, as embodying the essence of the American spirit. Who and what we worship speaks directly to who we are and what we can become as individuals and as a nation. As long as violence and exploitation […]
Most identities are social constructs perpetuated by our culture to help us navigate the complexities of our social interactions. The identities we claim are powerful factors shaping our lives. Societies function when we respect each other’s identities. Dysfunction emerges when some have power over others to assign the identities that frame who they can be. […]
Letting go can be liberating and joyful yet when it is forced upon us by others or circumstances it can be stressful, frightening, and sad. Religion is designed to help us navigate our losses through ritual, music, story, community and more. Religion is designed to reconnect us with hope.