Test All Things (03-26-17 Sermon)

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 in Podcasts

Test all things. Hold fast which is true- and strip away the rest, give away the rest. Find the music that sustains you. Be fully present to your tears and your rage, and the way you love the light in early spring. Be bold enough to ask out loud the most basic, simple questions. -Rev. Victoria Safford, “Test All Things” Download 03-26-17-sermon pdf http://whitebearunitarian.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/03-26-17-audio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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The Heart of the Matter (03-19-17 Sermon)

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 in Podcasts

To have a crocus heart is to know deep down what’s important to you. To have courage is to filter through the tangled thicket that is this life, this world – from every distraction telling us who to be or what to do or when to fear; and find what is at our core – our heart – and from that place we speak our truth, live our values - to crack the ice and break through the hard ground to the beauty and the light and fresh air of integrity, authenticity – a gathered life where we put our energy and time as much as we are able – into who we are, what we do, how we spend our time and...

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How Could We Not (03-12-17 Sermon)

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 in Podcasts

Love thy neighbor. Love thy gay neighbor, thy Muslim neighbor thy black neighbor, thy brown neighbor, thy neighbor who is homeless, thy native neighbor, thy trans neighbor, thy Asian neighbor, thy white neighbor, thy Jewish neighbor, thy Christian neighbor, thy neighbor with disabilities, thy neighbor without documents, thy atheist neighbor, thy addicted neighbor, thy neighbor with mental illness, thy neighbor in jail, thy neighbor elder, thy neighbor child… -Rev. Victoria Safford, “How Could We Not” Download 03-12-17-sermon...

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Gathered Here (03-05-17 Sermon)

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 in Podcasts

It is our aspiration, imperfectly embodied, and it is not easy. We stumble all the time. We scrape our knees, wound our pride, wound each other, drop our guard, start over. We forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again, and yet again, in love. “All are welcome, ” all are saved, is a wild, heretical theology, and we practice and practice this religion, trying to get it right. -Rev. Victoria Safford, “Gathered Here” Download 03-05-17-sermon pdf http://whitebearunitarian.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/03-05-17-audio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes

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Our Native Language (02-05-17 Sermon)

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 in Podcasts

Sometimes people ask about prayer. People (some of you) will call or write or come in and say, “I’m not religious. I don’t know what I believe about God. I don’t know who to pray to. I haven’t prayed in years, or ever. I don’t know what to say. It’s all a little embarrassing. I’m fine with meditation, yoga, journaling, silent retreats, speaking the names, but prayer feels really weird, ” – yet there they are, and asking about it, expressing interest, maybe longing, maybe desperate need, and so I’ll say, “Start really small. Make a little bit of time, make a little...

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The Grace Within the Waiting (01-29-17 Sermon)

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 in Podcasts

“It matters how we choose to encounter transition. In the waiting we have important work to do. We must reflect, remember, recover who we are and who we are not. In the waiting we are given time to confess and repent, to forgive and heal, to gather our strength and courage for all that is yet to come. In the waiting we prepare and plan, queue up resources, hone our skills, negotiate connections and do everything – everything – we can to ensure continued work and the eventual success of an outcome we cannot imagine and will never see.” - Shay MacKay, “The Grace Within the...

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