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San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Aug 19, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Description:"Radical" hospitality and "radical" inclusion are often-heard buzzwords in liberal religious circles and even the annual utopian experiment that is Burning Man. Where did this concept come from? What are the socio-religious origins of hospitality and inclusion? What makes practicing either more radical than the run-of-the-mill, old-fashioned hospitality and inclusion? What are the theological implications for UUs of such terms and practices?
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Aug 12, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Sometimes life comes in fits and spurts. We’ve worked and pushed and focused nearly to the point of exhaustion and then suddenly we’re left waiting, feeling like nothing is happening. But is waiting really that passive? Let’s explore together this Sunday how we can make the most of this often frustrating rhythm of life as our new minister, Krista Weber Huang, introduces herself before going on maternity leave.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Aug 5, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - What does it mean, concretely and as a practical matter, to care about truth itself as distinct from merely the acquisition and exploitation of specific truths?
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jul 29, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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What kind of love would it take to give up everything you hold dear, leaving home and the comfort of the familiar to walk with both terror and temerity into the great unknown?
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jul 22, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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If you are in a war, retreat means you are losing and need to back up. If you are at peace, retreat means going to a place of rest and rejuvenation. Such a difference! When we are overwhelmed by all that goes on around us, how do we find that place of peace that allows us to regroup for a better day. Rev. Betty Skwarek is a Community Minister affiliated with Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church in Cedar Park, Texas.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jul 15, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship July 15, 2018 A favorite comedy podcast of mine, Unhappy Hour, has a segment called, “Which is Worst.” (Poor grammar intended.) It’s a silly version of the game, “Would You Rather?,” yet from today’s headlines of national and global evils, I increasingly find myself wondering if we aren’t presented each day with a menu of: bad, worse, worst. Is it possible to have a faith-filled response without ruining our health, hardening our hearts,...
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jul 8, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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For many, July 4 is a day for brass bands and bombs symbolically bursting in air. For others, grown up in the shadows from Vietnam to Iraq, it’s hard to embrace a rah-rah patriotism. What’s a patriotism for religious liberals, which holds America to her dreams without looking away from her nightmares? When religious and political fundamentalisms try to hijack America’s symbols, from Old Glory to the Constitution, how do we recapture the flag?
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jul 1, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 
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Church, and religion could be about a search for meaning, compassion, love and ultimately for a harmony of all humankind with one another and the idea of the Holy, however we define, think, or talk about it. Eastern religion, especially, speaks of it as crucial to a balance of life and certainly we seek it in music! I will explain why a 12 string guitar as more harmony than a 6 string. Rev. Art Severance, is former minister of First UU Church in San Antonio,
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jun 17, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service 06/17/2018 - Explore the emotional and complex intersectionality of gender, race, culture, and genes in the nurture vs nature debate and how our UU faith call us to respond with open minds and open hearts.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 8, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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If we are dedicated to positive social change, and if we are also dedicated to freedoms of speech and thought, this directive is a provoking and difficult challenge: Whom you would change, you must first love. How do we love those who seem only to hate? Let’s follow the prophetic voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the pastoral example of Dr. Viktor Frankl, and look together at the role of radical love in creating radical justice.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 1, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Ninety-five years have passed since the Reverend Norbert Capek introduced the Flower Communion to his Unitarian congregation in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Much has changed since then, but the Flower Communion continues. What started as a simple exchange of flowers has become a favorite celebration for Unitarian Universalists everywhere.  Why has this ceremony thrived?  What does it offer us today?
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Feb 11, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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What is beyond the status quo or business-as-usual? What awesome possibilities can we imagine for ourselves, our community, and the world? Rev. Pamela Wat has served as the minister at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since 2010.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Feb 4, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Everyone says, "but I'm only one person." Now, more than ever, this myth needs to be debunked. Together, we will explore how we can build a more peaceful and united world. It all begins with one.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jan 7, 2018 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Carpe Diem sounds fine for the Type A personality, the minister or corporate giant as CEO, and him or her of the clean desk. But for us, deep down here in the heart of Texas, should we choose mañana and the desk of the creative mind as we look toward 2018?
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Dec 24, 2017  San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Might there be a way for everyone to embrace the spirit of love?
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Dec 17, 2017  San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Children's Dedication Service - The children of SMUUF design and deliver their own complete service, complete with a dedication of three children (with a little help from DRE Laura Haygood and friends).
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Dec 10, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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"Let Her Live," based on Exodus 1 in the Hebrew Bible, where the midwives acted as revolutionaries to save the babies. The Rev. Valda Jean Combs is an ordained Baptist minister and pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in Tomball, Texas.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Dec 3, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Based upon an obscure passage from the Book of Jeremiah in the Hebrew Bible, our sermon is essentially inspired by the proposed "border wall," and is about all of the border walls in our lives.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 26, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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What can the Religious Society of Friends teach us about a beloved community of blessed silence and mysticism at its most unassuming? What can we learn about ourselves when we listen for the spark of the Divine within each of us? We will explore the Quaker faith and experience an abbreviated Quaker listening service. Come and reconnect with the still, small voice within.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 19, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Winston Churchill is fabled to have said, "If you're going through Hell, keep going." Where do we find what keeps us going through difficult times? How do we know when to "keep going" and when to pause?
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Oct 1, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship October 1, 2017. Rev. Christian Schmidt, UU Church of Berkeley, CA preaches"Who Am I?" Our identities, complex and multi-faceted, affect the way we see the world, how we are treated, and what matters most to us. The first step to forming deep, meaningful, diverse religious community is owning our own personal identities and acknowledging what that means for us, then beginning to understand others' identities.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Sep 24, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - July 30, 2017. Our 7th principle asks us to hold “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” But that web has some dark strands and complex connections that elude our und
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Sep 17, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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What We Can Learn from the Jewish High Holy Days
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Aug 20, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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If we agree there is music that is appropriate for playing in church, just what kind of music is that? This particular church service will include music by the Beatles, Jackie DeShannon, the Romantics, and others.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Aug 13, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Parker Palmer in his book "Let Your Life Speak" writes about living the undivided life. His spiritual discipline is Quaker, but his writings and teachings speak volumes far beyond his chosen faith. In this world filled with distractions and demands, how is it possible to live the undivided life?
“We, the Member Congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association…” Karen Muñoz, Jordan Buckley, Billy Stokes, and Rev. Scottie McIntyre Johnson share their experiences from UU General Assembly.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jul 30, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Our 7th principle asks us to hold “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” But that web has some dark strands and complex connections that elude our understanding.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jul 23, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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The Rev. Phil C. Mason is a native of Austin, Texas and a graduate of The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in the class of 1996. He was ordained in the Diocese of Colorado and served there as priest and rector for 13 years. On retirement in 2009 he and his wife Susan moved back to Texas and built a home near San Marcos and Wimberley. Since returning “home” Rev. Mason has served as Interim Rector at Grace Episcopal Church, Llano, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio...
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jul 16, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Our 19th century Unitarian ancestor, Ralph Waldo Emerson, opened a famous speech at  Harvard Divinity School on July 15, 1838 with those words. Emerson’s address harshly criticized and profoundly altered the nature and character of the Unitarianism of his day. Is the Unitarian Universalism of the 21st century in need of a similar change of course? In our own "refulgent summer", let us consider what we might learn from "Waldo", as Emerson's friends called him. (P.S....
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jul 9, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Recent research indicates that differences in our society on issues such as global warming, defense spending, immigration, and gay rights is, to some extent, deeply rooted in neurobiological differences, particularly in regard to the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala. If the brains of liberals and conservatives tend to function differently, is there a path toward reconciliation? What are some of the ways pointing towarda more perfect union? Are there ancient mythologies of war and peace that...
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jul 2, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Liberals and progressives have always been justifiably wary of an uncritical “my country right or wrong” kind of patriotism. But, could it be that our reluctance to “wave the flag” has actually contributed to the rise of the radical right? During these unsettled and unsettling times, it is more important than ever for every citizen of our nation to engage in a true form of patriotism that works for a country “with liberty and justice for all”. Two days before Independence Day, come...
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jun 25, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Most religious traditions have sacred texts or stories, ones held in reverence and transmitted through generations as normative for a tradition's life.  The Torah holds that place in Judaism, the New Testament for Christians, the Vedas for Hinduism and so on.  What makes a text sacred? Why are some sacred and others not?  What texts are sacred in your own life?  These are the questions we explore in this Sunday's sermon.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jun 18, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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"To Realize We Are Free: A Commemoration of Juneteenth" Although Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862 and Lee surrendered to Grant on April 9, 1865, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that word reached any of the more than estimated 250,000 slaves in Texas that they had been freed. Today, Juneteenth is a holiday, which celebrates the accomplishments, contributions, and unquenchable spirit of African Americans to our nation. What lessons might all of us learn...
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jun 11, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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What is it like for a mystical agnostic Unitarian Universalist to attend a Presbyterian seminary?  Come hear how Austin/Nashville singer songwriter, Patty Griffin, inspires an uncertain reverence as Andy Gerhart, UU seminarian at Austin Presbyterian Theological Sschool, preaches about “unboxing God.”
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jun 4, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Unitarian Universalist "Flower Communion" is a beloved annual tradition in ours and most other UU congregations. This year it is extra-special, as we join with UU churches all over the world to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the first Flower Communion held in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on June 4, 1922. Everyone - whether you’re a child or an adult - is invited to bring a flower of your own choosing to church on June 4 to add to our common bouquet!
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
May 28, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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"May we not be oppressed by the eight worldly concerns," says the Buddhist blessing. The Eight Worldly Concerns are central to Buddhist philosophy, and pertain to our reactions to praise and blame, pleasure and pain, material gain and loss, and fame and disgrace--in other words, the business of living. We spend most of our time dealing with one or another of these emotional forces, and how we do it can build our spiritual strength or tear us apart.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
May 21, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Before worship this Sunday, the wonderful Hospitality Teams who provide refreshments and clean-up for our Social Hours after Worship each week will meet. They deserve our heart-felt appreciation because food lovingly offered is a very important way to show hospitality. But it’s not all there is to it!  What would it look like to show truly radical hospitality to guests who enter our doors – and to each other?
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
May 14, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Mother's Day Service - People’s emotions on Mother’s Day are all over the map - from the sticky sweet sentimental to extreme sadness to anger. No matter what our relationships were or are with our own mothers or our own children, it’s important to acknowledge that we all owe something to those who mothered us, and we can all - no matter our gender - mother someone else. 
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
May 7, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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On this day when we celebrate the official end of our Stewardship Campaign (although financial stewardship is, of course, on-going), let us consider the many gifts needed to build the Beloved Community we call the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. We’re all in this together, friends!
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 30, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Apr 16, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Unitarian Universalists  often have a hard time with Easter. What meaning can this season possibly have for someone who does not take the biblical account of Jesus’ resurrection literally? Let’s ponder this question together on Easter Sunday morning.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 10, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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In our way of “doing church”, equal power and equal responsibility is vested in both the clergy and lay leadership. The minister can’t do it without you, and, although you can do it without the minister, I’d like to think you couldn’t do it quite as well. We’re all in this together, folks, and together, there’s no limit to what we can do!
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Apr 10, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Apr 2, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Mar 26, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Mar 26, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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At times, we naturally find ourselves at odds with another person. What can we do to offer and assume goodwill in all of our relationships and encounters? Can we truly love both our neighbors and enemies as ourselves? Rev. Dr. Matt Tittle is a retired UU minister. He has served congregations in Illinois, Indiana, Houston, New Jersey, and New Zealand. He is also a retired naval officer and a university professor. He currently lives in Austin and teaches for Capella University.
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Mar 19, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Now is not a time to be screaming and shrieking our faith and moral values. This is a time to be grounded in the richness of our souls. Wise teachings like the Tao anchor us in the deep wells of unmovable dignity for all beings. How do we become spiritual activists personally and collectively that flow resolutely like a mighty river? Rev. Chuck Freeman has been in the ministry since 1977 serving Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist congregations. He is the founding minister of the Free...
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Mar 19, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Mar 12, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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A frequent and popular guest in the SMUUF pulpit, the Rev. Phil Mason is a native of Austin and a 1996 graduate of The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. He was ordained in the Diocese of Colorado and served there as priest and rector for 13 years. In 2002-2003, Father Phil studied with the Interim Ministry Network of the Albin Institute and was certified by the IMN.
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Mar 12, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Mar 5, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Our nation is in the midst of a time of tremendous social and political unrest. All around us urgent voices are asking us to spend our time, energy and money to combat the roll back of progress in the areas of minority rights, religious freedom, environmental protections, and much more. With such organizations as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, TXUUJM, Texas Freedom Network, and others calling for our support right now, why on earth should we still give to the church? Is there something religious...
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Feb 27, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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As we approach Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent, what can they teach us about the emerging needs of Unitarian Universalism and its congregations to become what we need at this time to meet the emerging needs of the world right where we are? Rev. Robinson will talk about a changing approach to church, practiced by The Welcome Table Church in Tulsa, which landed it on the cover of the UU World magazine. What does this have to do with him as a UU, with Jesus, and with Christianity?...
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Feb 19, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Unitarian Universalism is a religion open to everyone who shares the values expressed in the Seven UU Principles. As we often say in our welcome speech on Sundays, “Whoever you are, however you identify yourself, whomever you love, wherever you are on your own religious, spiritual, and personal journey, you are welcome here!” Come learn a little more about the radical hospitality Unitarian Universalism offers to all. BLUUGRASS! provides the music. DONATE-THE-PLATE PARTNER is Wimberley Fig...
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Feb 13, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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The singular gift our Universalist ancestors gave the world was their firm belief in unconditional love - that no matter what unspeakably horrible acts we commit in this life, God will never sentence any of us to eternal damnation. This radical notion is the foundation of our first Unitarian Universalist Principle - our commitment to “affirm and promote the worth and dignity of every person.”  In the current political and social climate in our nation, this Principle is being mightily...
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Feb 8, 2017 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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As SMUUF seeks to design and build a building, Rev. Aaron Stockwell wonders what is radical hospitality anyway? How do we build radical hospitality in our Unitarian Universalist congregations? Rev. Aaron Stockwell has served as the Developmental Minister at the UU Church of the Brazos Valley in College Station, TX since August of 2015. He received his Master of Divinity at Andover Newton Theological School in 2013.
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Dec 11, 2016 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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By this Sunday, we will have had a month to exhale after the divisive presidential election. Where do we go from here? Are we ready for the sacred but difficult conversations across differences? Erin Walter, a seminarian and Intern Minister at Wildflower Church in South Austin, will explore both the call to serve as guiding lights in contentious times and the need for boundaries and self-compassion along the way.   
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 27, 2016 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Baby boomers and their parents grew up under a shadow, not just of nuclear war, but also of that ideally functional family, the Cleavers. Genesis and other ancient stories paint a different picture of family: as a dysfunctional nest of vipers. Somewhere in-between are the ones in which we’re raised. We project their contradictions into our own identities, as well as our morality, politics and churches. How do we reconcile them in our spiritual lives, and against all odds, keep trying to...
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 20, 2016 San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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UU theologian, James Luther Adams’ fifth and final foundational principle of our liberal faith is that the resources for change we have available to us “justify an ultimate optimism.” Or, as the children’s version of the Five Smooth Stones says, “We always have hope.” That, to me seems to be a reason to give thanks.