A Song Must Be Sung (05-14-17 Sermon)

Posted on May 18, 2017 in Podcasts

There are angels, so other-worldly you can only feel them – where you can’t name or see or touch them but know, on some level, like the soul, like the heart, that they are the only thing holding you up when all else falls away. There are angels, so earthly you can hold their hand, hear their weeping as they sit with you in grief, lean on them when your strength is wavering – who get you a cup of a coffee and bring over hot dish and jello salad and lemon bars that will heal anyone. There are angels beyond number spilling out and over the head of that pin, flying through God just above...

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Powerless and Powerful (05-07-17 Sermon)

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Podcasts

Yet there rises now this question: what if the crisis of this moment is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness the womb, with something new and mighty, wholly terrifying but beautiful and strong and loving, waiting to be born? This is about what story we’re going to choose to live in going forward – not alternative facts, but an alternative intention, an alternative allegiance or fidelity. It’s about looking at the only facts, and choosing an alternative loyalty. -Rev. Victoria Safford, Powerless and Powerful Download...

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Dreams and Bones (04-09-17 Sermon)

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in Podcasts

When I say sacred, I mean the architecture of this radiant creation, and whatever we intuit, whatever we discover, whatever it reveals to us, of beauty, truth, and love. For me, words like “sacred” refer to the common, holy mystery of life and death. We are part of the cosmos, fragments of its holiness, and in our relation to the whole – expressed as reverence, expressed as joy, as gratitude, as prayer, and among us as compassion- the sacred is made manifest. It is the larger love which transcends our understanding, but which touches us, terrifies us and delights us, meets us, feeds us,...

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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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