Rev. Scott Neely - UUCS Minister

Hybrid Service (In-person outdoor and livestream)
Annual Auction after Service
Governance Study Group (via recorded video only in April due to Auction)

When we have been wounded. When we have wounded others.
From our wounds, the power to heal.

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Celebration of Ramadan

What do we do with these stories?
An auction sermon on the Aqedah, the Binding of Isaac, one of the most difficult and terrifying stories in the Western spiritual tradition.
Claiming the power to heal, when institutions, orthodoxies, and patriarchy would disempower us.

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“Our Full Selves”

Celebration of Passover, Easter, & Spring!

Hybrid Service (In-person outdoor and livestream)

Within us all is shadow and light; patriarchy and liberation; greed and abundance; suffering and compassion.

When we claim our full selves,

our wounds and our power,

we become healers.

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“Fearlessness may be a gift but perhaps more precious is the courage acquired through endeavour, courage that comes from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate one’s actions, courage that could be described as ‘grace under pressure’ – grace which is renewed repeatedly in the face of harsh, unremitting pressure.” (Human rights icon and leader of Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement Aung San Suu Kyi, in her groundbreaking 1991 essay “Freedom from Fear” written during an almost 20-year period of house arrest)

“Everything will be OK.” (Slogan on the t-shirt of a 19 year-old pro-democracy activist, killed by the military during a protest in Myanmar in March 2021)

Making the Divine Feminine real.

“The inclusion of female divine names and images in worship and ministry empowers our work of peace and justice in the world by helping to break down patriarchal structures that keep so many people in poverty and oppression. Inclusive language and imagery support gender justice that intersects with racial and other justice concerns.” (Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton)

Dismantling patriarchy, and the intersection of oppressions such as racism and heteronormativity that it fosters.

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“Gender equality in divine images, and the equality of all genders in faith communities, help restore mutual harmonious relationships.” (Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton)

Images, stories, and practices of the Divine Feminine transform our vision of the world, and of one another.

“Goodbye binary. Hello future.”

(Bill T. Jones, in The Process of Becoming Infinite)

Gratitude, for the future that is possible. Watch this very challenging composition by Bill T. Jones, The Process of Becoming Infinite, a riveting meditation in dance on the brutal reality of our differences and the transcendence of our shared humanity. Warning: this piece works with strong images and strong language some may find offensive. But look for the deep meaning. Profanity evolves into prayer in this piece.

“There were [pandemic] rules. The rules of the space. Who could go where. Those rules are also choreographic…. Dancers should be careful not to be so close to each other that they’re breathing on each other. That means that there’s a certain way in which the choreography is like gaseous clouds avoiding, curling around each other and wonderful intention across great space, the intention to be ‘in unison’ with somebody who is 60 feet away…. you could feel the dancers really striving to psychically connect across space.” (Bill T. Jones)

Gratitude, for the creative genius of human beings.
Listen to this podcast on Bill T. Jones’s ‘Afterwardsness‘.

Consciousness Dialogue, after Service

“Deep human stuff in a political environment.” (Bill T. Jones)

Gratitude, for the grief and beauty of being in the world.
Watch this powerful documentary on Bill T. Jones’s: Still/Here.

New Member Sunday

We care, for ourselves and for our community.