Rev. Cyndi Simpson

Gratitude

Thanks and gratitude.

Thanksgiving

Today, we will celebrate Thanksgiving together through a sharing of a bread communion. Everyone is asked to bring a type of bread to share that comes from your own cultural or family tradition (one to three servings).

How We Win or Lose (pdf)

In this post-election period let us reflect as Unitarian Universalists on what ‘winning’ or ‘losing’ can mean for us as people of faith and as citizens.

Day Of The Dead/Día de Muertos (pdf)

The Day of the Dead is a holy day of Mexican culture, with roots in ancient Aztec beliefs and Christian practices. It is a time to honor ancestors and remember what they meant. Please bring a photo and/or other memento of your beloved dead to place on our altar.

What Is It Like To Die?

Science is just beginning to grasp what actually happens at the end of life. What has been learned? And more importantly, what does it mean for us as humans who are Unitarian Universalists?

Coming Out Day

Today we will hear stories of coming out as we celebrate national Coming Out Day (October 11). Please join us to hear heartfelt and courageous stories from people who have experienced a profound coming out in their lives. What deaths do these stories represent?

Cruel & Unusual

In many states in the U.S., the death penalty is still in use. Until 2005, it was possible for juveniles under the age of 18 to be executed in some states. What does our Unitarian Universalist faith tell us about the morality, ethics and theology of the death penalty?

Defying Hate

Unitarians Martha and Waitstill Sharp went to eastern Europe in 1939 to support refugees fleeing the Nazi’s. They defied the Nazis repeatedly, and narrowly escaped arrest and execution. We will hear some of their story and reflect on how we are called as UUs to defy hate in our time.

Water Communion

We gather to begin our congregational year together! Bring water from wherever you were this summer: home or away. As we mingle our waters, rather than sharing where the water is from, share its significance for you. Does it represent a beautiful experience or something of spiritual power?

The Problem of Desire

From our Sixth Source: “Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.” Rev Cyndi’s sermon focuses on how Buddhism addresses our deepest desires so that we may resist them. Or perhaps this resistance is not what Buddhism asks of us?