Gratitude in Bleak Times

by Rev. Terry Sims | November 11, 2018

I think all of us have cause for concern about the state of our nation and our world. But gratitude for what has been and for what remains can rouse us to act, to preserve, to restore, and to participate fully in the divine, ongoing process of creation. So concern is not all there is. There is hope, too





Doree Conner's Memorial Service

by Rev. Terry Sims | November 10, 2018

Doree Conner was a very social person who loved getting to know new members and writing their biography for our newsletter. She also worked with our church administrator coordinating office volunteers. Our church was very dear to Doree. She made it her home and then made it a home for us and others. We will very much miss our friend Doree’s cheerful presence among us.





A Filling Up and a Flowing Over

by Rev. Terry Sims | November 4, 2018

Human life is a vessel. It will be filled with many experiences and emotions. When gratitude is experienced and felt, it not only fills us up, it overflows into how we engage with others and the remainder of our lives.





Spirit InFormation

by Rev. Terry Sims | October 21, 2018

What do we really know?  And how does that information form us, shape our lives?  I have long believed that traditional religions do not adequately answer the deep, spiritual questions.  It is time for a new approach.





Becoming Someone Every Day

by Rev. Terry Sims | October 14, 2018

As individuals, it is the experiences, the process of life that forms us.  The sobering, perhaps terrifying truth is that we become someone with every moment, every event, every choice.  And within that truth also lies our hope.





Forming Humanity

by Rev. Terry Sims | October 7, 2018

Creation stories do their best to tell us how the wide universe and humanity came to be. But science and all our other activities are still forming humanity in our continuing evolution. Collectively, are human beings a blight or a blessing?





Gratitude and Forgiveness: A Vocation for the Aging

by Rev. Clint Reynolds | September 30, 2018

In his poem, the late Leonard Cohen, balladeer and musical philosopher, sang “Ring the bell that still can ring. There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Let’s contemplate how the prayers of gratitude and forgiveness might be a vocation that allows the light to get in to “the darkness of our world.”





True Vocation: Improving the World

by Rev. Terry Sims | September 23, 2018

What did Jesus spend most of his time doing? What was the Buddha’s occupation? How did Socrates earn a living in later life, or Lao Tzu? True vocation may not fit a job description or garner a paycheck, but maybe that’s because vocation, in one sense, is the same for all of us – to find our own way to improve the world.





We Gather Together…Why?

by Rebecca Riggs, Guest Speaker | September 16, 2018

If you are reading this, it is at least somewhat likely that you have a basic belief system that aligns with UUism, but attendance…that is a whole different question. Why do some people choose to attend a religious service and others don’t? We gather together…but why? Listen to this sermon as we explore the value of attendance?





Vocation as True Self

by Rev. Terry Sims | September 9, 2018

Vocation is anything that takes up a significant quantity of time, but a vocation is a calling for which one has a feeling of deep affinity, attraction, and/or talent. As Parker Palmer reminds us, our vocation is not something we come to by an act of will. It comes to us when we accept the gift of our true self. And that is a religious quest.





Vocation as Balance

by Rev. Terry Sims | September 2, 2018

Both before and after what we may consider our working lives, vocation, our “calling”, is present. Vocation has a spiritual dimension that occupations may lack. On this Sunday before Labor Day, I want us to pay attention to the balance vocation can bring to whatever we do, at whatever stage of life we’re in.





The Golden Rule in Major Religions

by Dr. Bonnie Saunders, Guest Speaker | August 26, 2018

Usually when we think of the Golden Rule, we think of Judaism and Christianity, but it goes way beyond that. This sermon will explain the main ideas of ten major world religions and their versions of the Golden Rule.





I Don't Know

by Pat Lindgren, President, Board of Trustees | August 19, 2018

It is amazing the number and variety of things that I don’t know.





We're Off to See the Wizard - revised

by Rev. Julian Rush | August 12, 2018

We left the month of May in gladness; we had a balanced budget at last, and there is a positive feeling among us, but we face a very sick world and a nation that is seriously divided. Where do we go from here?





Love's Challenge

by Amy St. Peter, Guest Speaker | August 5, 2018

Loving oneself and others takes on a myriad of forms and implications. In a spiritual community, how are we called to love one another?





Lost and Found in the Desert

by Rev. Doug Bland, Guest Speaker | July 29, 2018

A story from the “eco-confessional”.





Can You Imagine?

by Rebecca Riggs, Guest Speaker | July 22, 2018

Before we can bring change to the world to make it more just, loving, and beautiful, we need to be able to envision that new world. That vision lies within, and is limited only by our imagination.





The World is Not as Bad Off as You Think.

by Pat Lindgren, President, Board of Trustees | July 15, 2018

Let’s look at the world with “Factfulness” instead of opinion.





Giving Birth

by Amy St. Peter, Guest Speaker | July 8, 2018

Despite all our beautiful differences, we share a common beginning; we are all born. As we move through this life, some of us give birth to children. All of us give birth to ideas and dreams. We will explore what we give birth to in our shared spiritual community and what this means for our individual journeys.





Cosmic Abundance

by Emrys Staton, Guest Speaker | July 1, 2018

Looking at the universe around us and inside us for wisdom and inspiration.





Streaming General Assembly

by Kansas City, MO | June 24, 2018

UU General Assembly at Kansas City, MO 2018





Big Daddy Sound Bites

by Rev. Cathy Corbin Mannino | June 17, 2018

Big Daddy from “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is not my favorite character; however, Tennessee Williams wrote some powerful words for a flawed father to offer his struggling son.





Our Shared Humanity

by Amy St. Peter | June 10, 2018

We live in a world graced by beauty and marred by violence.  As a spiritual community, how do we reconcile the violence and the beauty that persist and what are we called to do?





Bridge to Somewhere

by Amy St. Peter | June 3, 2018

Unitarian Universalists don’t universally agree or disagree on the existence of an afterlife. Each day, moments take us further on our path. Each day, we build a bridge to somewhere. Where are we going and how do these moments contribute?





Growing Community

by Rev. Terry Sims | May 27, 2018

It is a challenge to create community anywhere, especially a beloved community.  But making real our Sixth UU Principle, “world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all”, may be both humanity’s most difficult task and our most important calling.





Teaching and Learning Community

by Rev. Terry Sims | May 20, 2018

Why do we need community?  What does it take to make communities work?  Who will teach us these things and where can we learn them?  On this Teacher Appreciation Sunday, we will consider not only our own beloved learning community at UUCS, but the promise and possibilities of public schools as places where community is built and taught.





"Mother's Day"

by Rev. Dr. Walter Wieder | May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day was first observed in the churches of Philadelphia, PA, on May 10th, 1908, in response to a suggestion made by a Miss Anna Jarvis of that city.  In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson following a resolution by the Congress of the U. S. issued a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. I am not the first to point out that there is a degree of hype and hypocrisy surrounding our observance of Mother’s Day. There is, still, some ambivalence in the culture regarding the role of women and mothers. Perhaps you have noticed?





"Finding Community"

by Rev. Terry Sims | May 6, 2018

Deep within us is the need to belong to something larger than ourselves.  But in our time, it is difficult to find any community, much less the beloved one the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke so passionately about.  Today we will try to find a path to both.





"A Transformational Journey"

by Rev. Julian Rush | April 29, 2018

Sing, talk, laugh out loud, and maybe shed a tear or two as we make this trip together with Patricia Balfour and Rev. Julian Rush.





"A New Earth"

by Rev. Terry Sims | April 22, 2018

On this Earth Day, we will consider how humanity has transformed the Earth during our brief history on the planet.  Some are looking for a new Earth-like planet to colonize.  But maybe we ought to ask ourselves first to transform the Earth again by reversing our destructive habits.





"The Power of Why"

by Amy St. Peter | April 15, 2018

One word has the power to transform a life. As children,  we incessantly ask why as we explore the world around us.  As adults,  we ask why as we try to reconcile the world around us with the world inside us. Unitarian Universalism embraces the why and our pursuit to answer our own why.




"A Journey Toward Wholeness"

by Rev. Terry Sims | April 8, 2018

There are too many people who tell other people how to live their “one wild and precious life,” to quote poet Mary Oliver.  Today, celebrating Phoenix Pride, we will look at personal transformation from the perspective of our LGBTQ friends and how they offer the rest of us our own life-changing possibilities.



"Oh, the Possibilities!"

by Rev. Terry Sims | April 1, 2018

Having an attitude of scarcity, a feeling that there will never be enough, confines us to death’s tomb. But an attitude of abundance lets life burst open. This Easter, we will celebrate transformations that offer themselves to us continuously, both personally and as a church.



"A Paradoxical Humility"

by Rev. Terry Sims | March 11, 2018

A Jewish sage once said, “Keep two truths in separate pockets always, and take them out as needed: In the first, ‘For my sake the world was created;’ and in the second, ‘I am but dust and ashes.’”  This Sunday, we will delve into this paradox to see how we might use it to guide the rest of our lives



"To Walk Humbly"

by Rev. Terry Sims | March 4, 2018

Humility seems to be a demoted virtue in our culture at best.  But what’s so great about humility, exactly?  In the struggle between feeling that we should cultivate the virtue and questioning its utility, we might find something we want to hold onto.



"Is Love Always Patient? Times Up"

by Rev. Cathy Corbin-Mannino | Feb 25, 2018

I Corinthians 13:4 states that love is patient and kind; however, Congressman John Lewis believes patience is a “dirty and nasty word”. I believe there is no longer any time for a gradual movement towards freedom and equality. Our patience has run out. We cannot stop, and we will not.



"Love Beyond Belief"

by Rev. Terry Sims | Feb 18, 2018

In 1984, singer Tina Turner released her most successful single, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”  I think we might ask that question about religion.  Through the ages, traditional religion lost its way, lost me, and millions like me.  Maybe the way back to religious life is to put love at its center, beyond belief.



"The Power of Love"

by Rev. Terry Sims | Feb 11, 2018

My own life has been transformed by love, so I believe in the power of love.  But I also know that I have sometimes viewed love in an overly sentimental way.  On this Sunday before Valentine’s Day, we will look at love’s power beyond misty notions and once-a-year gifts.



"What Love Is ...and Is Not"

by Rev. Terry Sims | Feb 4, 2018

For something that plays such a central role in human experience and thought, I think secular society is often unclear about what love is, confusing it with other emotions or behaviors that masquerade as love.  As religious people, it falls to us to know the love humanity needs at the most fundamental level and then to infuse the world with it.



"Giving Life the Shape of Jusice"

by Rev. Terry Sims | Jan 21, 2018

With our tendency to group people by shared characteristics, it is not hard to identify distinct groups of people who are treated unjustly.  How can those who are given justice understand what it is like for those who are denied justice?  Are we getting closer to our principle of justice for all?



"Set Our People Free"

by Rev. Julian Rush | Jan 14, 2018

Musical sermon offering as a plea for all of us to seek ways to convince our country to set free all of our marginalized people.



“The Implications of Justice.”

by Rev. Terry Sims | Jan 7, 2018

There are various ways to think about justice, but I keep coming back to the idea that all forms of justice make ethical demands the privileged probably will not like.  How we respond to those demands determines whether we can honestly think of ourselves as just persons or a just society.




Faith, Hope and Charity, UU Style

by Patricia Lindgren | 12/31/2017

 How we UU’s define and practice these three qualities.



All of us can become discouraged. But I believe we need to practice hope as a spiritual discipline. It is entrusted to us to keep hope alive, for ourselves and our world.



What do we hope for?  If we are to be the spiritual force in the world we want to be, I think we have to be careful to hope only for good things all of us can share in common.



We all have a myriad of tables at different points in our lives; the holiday table, the kitchen table, the head table. Who do we invite to our table? Who is not invited? How we answer these questions determines the company we keep, as well as how we live out our faith.



A Faith-full Life

by Rev. Terry Sims | 11/19/2017

What does it mean to have faith in God, in the worth of life and our own efforts, in oneself, in others, in goodness?  I suspect it cannot be about outcomes.



One Faith Among Others

by Rev. Terry Sims | 11/12/2017

If I had to choose one unusual feature that distinguishes Unitarian Universalism, it would be that our faith does not claim to be the only path to truth or meaning.  While that makes us only one faith among others, it gives us the freedom to embrace other religions, to be wrong and to evolve.



For most of my life, I thought of faith as equivalent to belief, but I have a different understanding of faith now. Now I think that faith is more verb than noun, more a way of life than content, more something about which to be “half-sure and wholehearted” than to be certain.



The History of Anti-immigration Laws in the United States

by Bonnie Saunders | 10/29/2017

The history of anti-immigration laws in the United States.


Home, Hosts and Hope

by Rev. Terry Sims | 10/22/2017

I am convinced that there is a common good to us and that there are common goods for us. Today we will consider why hospitality is both and how we might become hosts offering both home and hope.



by Rev. Lisa McDaniels-Hutchings | 10/15/2017

As Unitarian Universalists we love to recall our leadership in reaching moral victories such as abolition, women’s suffrage, equal marriage. However since the election, policy changes affecting race relations, climate change, income inequality, immigration, and more assault us continually. How can we sustain ourselves as we resist divisiveness and hate? How can we stay resilient?


Welcoming Those We Don't Like

by Rev. Terry Sims | 10/08/2017

Sometimes it is easier to feel hospitable to strangers than to those we know but don’t like. What do we do about people we disagree with on fundamental issues? Do we truly want to invite them in for reasons other than to convince them we are right?


Hospitality to the Stranger

by Rev. Terry Sims | 10/01/2017

Hospitality was an ancient virtue, a common good that arose out of a common need, especially in harsh environments. It recognized a relationship between the need of someone, often a stranger, and someone else who could meet the strangers need. We will look at what the ancient virtue still has to teach us.

Hard Times

by Rev. Dr. Walter Wieder | 9/24/2017

Not Woody Guthrie’s hard times, but our hard times. What does our faith call from us? What does our faith offer us?

We are trying something new this year – an annual theme as well as monthly themes. Our theme for this church year is “Re-imagining the Common Good”. This Sunday, we will re-image the beauty of justice that we can all see and share.

What does theology mean to you?  Where do you find beauty?  If we understand theology to mean working toward the highest and best, or the divine, I think beauty becomes an important part of theology.

The Knack of Seeing Beauty

by Rev. Terry Sims | 9/3/2017

If there is a code for how best to experience the universe, I think it might be beauty.  What I need most are ways to “crack” the code.

Women's Voices on War and Peace

by Bonnie Saunders | 8/27/2017

Women have opposed war for thousands of years – from the Sumerians 6,000 years ago through the Greeks 2500 years ago to women in the modern nuclear age. This sermon features antiwar quotations from women throughout the ages.

The true nautical tale of how a life-long UU had his young faith tested three times in three days more than half a century ago.

Amy St. Peter asks “does luck exist?” If so, how is it related to fate and free will?

Chairman of the Board, Pat Lindgren, shares insights from UUA General Assembly.

As children, we rebel against bedtimes. As adults, we seldom get enough rest. Our culture perpetually pushes us to do more in less time. How can rest help us grow spiritually?

Limits are everywhere. Our abilities are limited, as are our understandings and even our lives. I find that accepting limits is one of the great challenges of living. But if we can manage that, I believe our spirits will be rewarded.

Looking on the Bright Side of Life

by Rev Terry Sims | 4/16/2017

There is an obvious reason that Christmas and Easter are the two major celebrations of the year for Christians. They focus, respectively, on the story of Jesus’ birth to life and his rebirth to eternal life, two powerful consolations. For all of us, what do the Christian holy days tell us about the human condition?

The Whole Life Special Please…and Hold the Pain

by Rev Terry Sims | 4/09/2017

I have been in the habit of considering desolation and consolation to be opposite feelings and states of being; that one excludes the other. That has led me to believe that desolation should be eliminated as completely as possible and that the purpose of consolation is to do that. But that may devalue both poles of the human experience.

Something to Hang on to

by Rev Terry Sims | 3/12/2017

Balance in a Binary World

by Rev Terry Sims | 3/05/2017

R E S P E C T find out what it means to me

by Pat Lindgren | 2/26/2017

Still Marching for Respect

by Rev Terry Sims | 2/19/2017

Respecting Interdependence

by Rev Terry Sims | 2/05/2017

The Courage to Choose Unconditional Happiness

by Rev Dr Cathy Corbin Mannino | 1/29/2017

The Religion of Antiques Roadshow

by Emrys Staton | 1/22/2017