Speaker: Rev. Marcus Hartlief

Waking Up from the American Dream

As we celebrate the 4th of July, many of us find ourselves wrestling with the good, the bad and the ugly of our country’s culture and role in the world. Can we celebrate independence as we yearn to live into a deeper practice of interdependence?

The Alchemy of Making

The world is full of beauty, but there is no limit to how much can be made. The ability to create, to make more beauty, is a part of our human birthright. So why can it be so challenging? And how do those of us … read more.

The Language of the Flowers

Flower Communion is a uniquely UU ritual, a celebration of the beauty of life and diversity in all its forms. As we honor this tradition today, we are reminded that our world is again in need of our radical vision of one interdependent earth family. … read more.

Saving Paradise 📶

Theologians Rebecca Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock encountered a footnote in an art history book that claimed the first depictions of Jesus’ crucifixion did not appear until the 10th century. Their journey to discover why has led to a radical re-imagining of early Christian theology … read more.

The Opposite of Worry 📶

Curiosity can be a spiritual practice that unlocks hearts and opens doorways to connection and understanding. How can we practice radical curiosity as an antidote to the modern tribalism plaguing our culture?

Gods, Saints, and Superheroes 📶

Three words for mothers? Three ways of personifying our inner and outer experience? Three reasons you don’t go to a different church (or maybe just two)? Put on your curiosity cap as we wonder why the latest Marvel movie is the biggest blockbuster ever and … read more.

Into the Desert 📶

As we enter the season of Passover, we recall an ancient story of wandering in the wilderness. Resist as we might, we all end up spending time in the desert. How do make meaning amidst the suffering of this journey?

Exorcising Descartes

Western civilization has long embraced
a dualistic approach to philosophy. This approach has given us the notion of a mind/body split, exemplified by Descartes’ famous justification of his own existence: “I think, therefore I am.” What will it take to heal this age-old … read more.

The Physicality of Grace 📶

Grace is another of those “Wounded Words” that’s been used to cause spiritual harm. It was the Calvinist understanding of Grace that inspired the theological stances of early Unitarians and Universalists. What might our physical experience of grace—as in “graceful”—have to say about the
theological … read more.