Murray UU Church
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Murray-Unitarian-Universalist Church
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-North Main St, Attleboro, MA 02703
 Phone: 508-222-0505
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October, 2017

September, 2017

Sermon Archive

 

October 15, 2017   "Living in Anxious Times" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

Life is full of uncertainty.  The rate of change in our digital world continues to increase.   Today’s news can feel overwhelming.  Life often feels beyond our control.   We are living in anxious times.  What can we do in the face of today’s challenges, to take good care of ourselves, and of our children -- to find our way back to center when life feels chaotic?

 



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October 8, 2017   "Columbus, Colonialism, and Compassion" by Guest Minister Rev. Ann Fox

Many Native Americans, who arrived in North America 13,000 years before Columbus, question why we bother to name a special day for him. They say it is an insult to them. After all, he mistreated and enslaved the inhabitants of all the lands he found. They say that we should rename the day Indigenous People's Day. What do you think? Let's explore.

Rev. Ann Fox is Minister Emerita of Unitarian Memorial Church, Fairhaven, MA. She retired from full-time ministry in 2014.

 



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October 1, 2017   "The Forgiveness Project" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

Crime, violence and wartime horrors can shatter and change lives forever.  Journalist Marina Cantacuzino began to collect personal stories from around the world from people who have experienced unimaginable loss and pain, and their respective paths towards ultimate forgiveness and reconciliation. Exploring forgiveness as an alternative to resentment or revenge, Cantacuzino created The Forgiveness Project, a collection of testimonies that demonstrate the power and grace forgiveness can play, transforming both victims and perpetrators alike. Let's explore a few of these extraordinary stories, to see how they might speak to us.

 



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September, 24, 2017  "Come, Let us Be Faithful Fools, Together" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

Ours is a faith built on doubting, questioning, passing beliefs through the fire of our own experience and reason before defining our deepest truths. While some doubts are healthy, other doubts can keep us small. What do you take on faith? What possibilities call to you? What edges do you find yourself perched upon, that invite you to step off, in the hopes that you may just sprout wings? What does it mean to live a faithful life? How does your faith call you to action, to help create a better world? 

 



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September, 17, 2017  "Opening Our Doors, Wide" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

Changes in technology and culture are opening up new opportunities for churches in the 21st Century.  What lessons can the online world teach today’s churches about reaching out, encouraging engagement and building community?  We are a thriving, vital beloved faith community.  And we have a lot to offer those who are seeking a kinder, gentler, more loving and just seeking place for themselves and for their children — especially for families of color, as the hate-filled voices of the KKK and other neo-hazi right wing groups are on the rise.  How can we help others discover our church and share in the spirit of love, acceptance and inclusion here?  Let us be intentional and swing our doors open wide to invite in the many seeking what we have to offer. 

 



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September 10, 2017  "Ingathering. Water Communion" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

We gather once more to begin a new church year together. Please bring a water sample, a symbol of how you spent your summer, to add to our shared water communal bowl. It doesn't matter where your water sample comes from - half a world, or a state or two away, or from the kitchen sink, or the garden hose in your own back yard. As we gather, let us celebrate It is good to be together once again. nd, special thanks to the wonderful folks from the Religious Services Committee who provided such rich, thoughtful and inspiring Worship all summer long!

 



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