Sept. 20, 2020 sermon. “You must meet the outer world with your inner world or existence will crush you,” says spiritual teacher Mark Nepo. Developing practices where we can meet the world with our hearts is all the more needed in these pandemic times. UUS Community Minister Lois Cole shares lessons in resilience from her ministry as a hospital chaplain at the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
Nov. 15, 2020 sermon. UUS Member Aiden M. Bettine explores questions of collectivity and solidarity in the fight for transgender rights and reflects on how to build a trans-inclusive society. This service is in honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual day of mourning that occurs on November 20.
Dec. 13, 2020 sermon. Rev. Diana Smith reflects on how our sense of hurry and desire for quick results helps perpetuate systems that are oppressive, non-inclusive, and anti-democratic. Practicing stillness can help us better align ourselves with the larger goals of justice we seek.
Aug. 16, 2020 sermon. The racial justice movement has accelerated with new energy in 2020, and it asks each of us to become aware of our role, our privilege, our shortcomings, our conflicts, and our challenges. UUS member Kirk Witzberger explores the contradictions we’ll face, the wisdom we’ll need to address them, and how deep “response-ability” is called for.