For your convenience, we've posted descriptions of this month's sermon topics and speakers.
Rev. Dr. Jay Atkinson, with Sue Fleckles, Worship Associate
Government corruption, corporate greed, institutional racism, economic imperialism—these and more are the social and structural sins that surround us, in which we are trapped and are often complicit against our wills, often even against our knowledge. How do we strive to live with moral integrity in such a world, and work to oppose its values, without being dragged down to its level?
Meredith Guest , with Nani Ranken, Worship Associate
In his brilliant little book Ishmael, Daniel Quinn makes the astute observation that every culture has a Story. Anyone with the temerity to contradict, challenge, or defy this Story is subject to a very effective punishment, albeit one you might not expect or even notice. Continuing the theme of Labor Day, let’s take a look at what this punishment is, how it has played out in the life of someone who has defied the Story, and what we might do in response.
Meredith Guest lives in Sonoma County with her partner and a bunch of rescued animals on what has become a small wildlife preserve. She substitute teaches in various schools in Petaluma and is active in trying to create habitat for Monarch butterflies. Long ago and far away she was a Southern Baptist minister who got fired and became a Montessori educator. Eventually, she came out as transgender and for several years thereafter was a member of the Unitarian Universalist congregation of Petaluma (UUP) where she still attends. She has two grown and quite wonderful children.
Rev Chip Wright, with (Name), Worship Associate
Bring your water and other symbolic items to help build our Altar of ingathering as we reaffirm another new program year together. Today is also Rosh Hashanah, marking the beginning of a new year and the High Holy days of Judaism.
Rev Chip Wright, with Linda Haumann, Worship Associate
As Jewish tradition is one of the sources we draw upon as Unitarian Universalists, this Sunday we celebrate our connection to this old and rich tradition with some thoughts on atonement and what that can offer us.
Rev Chip Wright, with Karen Auroy, Worship Associate
Some reflection on the year of ‘Black Lives Matter’ and what has changed in our Nation and what has not since last Fall.