Whole Rests

The end is near. It has felt that way over the last month, watching the violence of our world exploding onto familiar streets, waking too often to news of death and terror. As these horrific events accumulate, the effect on our souls can be apocalyptic. We ask ourselves, “What is

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Presence

I started writing this sermon last week while I was with the UCG team on spiritual pilgrimage in Ireland. My computer was perched on the window sill facing the mountains in the sweet sitting room of the house where we were staying in County Sligo. A cup of tea steeped

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A Kind of Joy

Over the past year, I’ve listened to the oral arguments of a couple hundred Supreme Court cases. I know; I’m obsessed. It started last April with Obergefell, the equal marriage case, and it took off from there. At first I insisted on listening to every argument from a particular term,

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The Current Error of the Current Era

About a month ago UCG member Doug Whalen asked me if having been through the civil rights movement of the 60’s, was I a little surprised and perhaps dismayed to be going through what seem like the same issues all over again. And I said, “Yes, I was…, at first.”

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Dig In

Over the last month I’ve been leading a small group, teaching members of our congregation what I know about preaching in preparation for UCG’s first lay preaching festival. This Wednesday you are invited to come hear 10 wonderful new preachers each deliver a ten-minute sermon. If you like one good

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Happy Choices

Last Sunday, driving home from church I was listening to the TED radio hour. The featured speech was a reprise of one offered several years ago by social scientist Barry Schwartz on his book The Paradox of Choice. In the talk, he describes what he calls an “official dogma of

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Awake Awhile

For many people, it’s the most wonderful time of the year–the beginning of summer and the end of the semester. The traffic patterns in town alter with the season. Grads leave town, vacations begin, milestones of all sorts are marked. What are the turning points pivoting about in your life

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The Sound of One Hand Clapping

You know that feeling you get when you’re trying to come up with the name of a book you read or figure out where else you’ve seen that actor? It’s a gnawing feeling. You know the answer is right there, but you just can’t bring it out. It will bug

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Senior Sunday 2016

Our High School youth group hosts “Senior Sunday,” where out graduating seniors share thoughts on their UCG experience. In this service our youth choose every song, write every prayer and lead our hearts to a deeper appreciation of who we are as a spiritual community.

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Wiseacres

This Sunday at UCG we continue our worship theme, “Be Now My Wisdom.” The service includes music by the Hogtown Strutters and Shelly’s sermon, “Wiseacres.”

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The Wisdom of Flowers

The Board of Parish Ministry kicks off our new worship theme “Be Now My Wisdom” with their beautiful, artistic, and fascinating service, “The Wisdom of Flowers,”offering lovely music and thoughtful presentations by various church members.

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Service Times

Sunday Services:
9:15 & 11:15am

Adult Seminars:
10:25am

Meditation in the Chapel:
8:15am