Rev. David Bryce

Universalism: Wait; who goes to heaven?  Them?

In the Universalist part of our tradition, everyone ends up in heaven.  Yes, even me.  And yes, even you.    And, yes…even them.    An exploration and celebration of our Universalist heritage.

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was both a hero and a villain.  He was a hero because he forged ahead against many obstacles, took great risks to prove he was right and “discovered” a “new” world.  He was a villain because he almost immediately enslaved the people who were living in that new world.  Most of us would like to think … Continued

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was both a hero and a villain.  He was a hero because he forged ahead against many obstacles, took great risks to prove he was right and “discovered” a “new” world.  He was a villain because he almost immediately enslaved the people who were living in that new world.  Most of us would like to think … Continued

Responding to Hate, Violence and Dominance

How do we respond to someone who wants to kill us? Or at least impose dominance over us? This has a personal dimension when we are immediately facing some individuals. It has a national dimension as we see a rising number of attacks on synagogues and mosques. It has international implications as we see global terrorist organizations that mean us harm.

Acceptance

At its best, life is full of joy and happiness.  But we also know that sorrow and sadness are inevitable.  Some will suffer illness; we will lose loved ones, and we ourselves will pass away.  We cannot predict whether or when particular sorrows will enter into our lives.  Ultimately, we have the choice to mourn, to rage or to accept.

Acceptance

At its best, life is full of joy and happiness. But we also know that sorrow and sadness are inevitable. Some will suffer illness; we will lose loved ones, and we ourselves will pass away. We cannot predict whether or when particular sorrows will enter into our lives. Ultimately, we have the choice to mourn, to rage or to accept.

The Spirit of Renewal

Renewal can happen at any moment, whether renewal of an individual, of a relationship, of a nation or of a people.  But we do set aside particular times for ceremonies of renewal and rebirth.  As our congregation’s new year begins, let us seek a rebirth of our own spirit of community.

The Spirit of Renewal

Renewal can happen at any moment, whether renewal of an individual, of a relationship, of a nation or of a people.  But we do set aside particular times for ceremonies of renewal and rebirth.  As our congregation’s new year begins, let us seek a rebirth of our own spirit of community.

Ingathering Ceremony

We join together in our sanctuary to renew ourselves, and to re-dedicate ourselves to one another and to the ongoing life of spiritual growth. Bring water collected from a special place: from your travels over the summer, from a place nearby or from your home; these living waters will flow together as we join hearts together.

Ingathering Ceremony

We join together in our sanctuary to renew ourselves, and to re-dedicate ourselves to one another and to the ongoing life of spiritual growth. Bring water collected from a special place: from your travels over the summer, from a place nearby or from your home; these living waters will flow together as we join hearts together.