Led by Rev. Ellen Quaadgras

An Invitation to Brave Space

An Invitation to Brave Space by Rev. Ellen Quaadgras Westminster Unitarian Church October 15, 2017   Reading  Courage  by Sri Chinmoy http://www.poetseers.org/poem-of-the-day-archive/poems-about-courage/index.html   Reading  Empower me  by Ted Loder http://www.how-matters.org/2011/08/26/ted-loder-poem/     Sermon (Listen to the sermon here.) There are some issues that, simply when mentioned, raise tension.  There are some words that have the … Continued

Courage of the Heart

Courage of the Heart Led by Rev. Ellen Quaadgras October 8, 2017 Chimes              Welcome & Announcements:          Good morning, my name is Ellen Quaadgras, I am the minister here at Westminster  and I’d like to welcome all of you to our service today where our theme this month, is courage.   Our cards this … Continued

Never the Same Stream Twice

One Service at 9:00am in Smith Hall – “No one ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and they are not the same person.” So wrote ancient Greek Philosopher Heraclitus. As we prepare to celebrate our Water Communion, we enter the river of our Westminster community – a community … Continued

UU 101

Unitarian Universalism 101 By Rev. Ellen Quaadgras Westminster Unitarian Church August 13, 2017   Reading What’s your theology? You try to say the world the way it means to you. You look at what you live and try to speak it; and the mystery turns into a search for language to tell how it is, … Continued

From Aging to Saging

From Aging to Saging by Rev. Ellen Quaadgras Westminster Unitarian Church August 6, 2017 Video: https://www.facebook.com/radiocbc/videos/10153583038166913/  Reading: http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2010/06/12   Sermon: Three weeks ago, I was at the Lifespan Religious Education conference on Star Island off the coast of New Hampshire. On Friday of that week, at 4:55 am, I was sprinting. The sky was that … Continued

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Neale Donald Walsch once said that “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” I wonder whether this month’s theme of revelry – marvelous, joyful exuberance – begins there too. We spend so much of our energy making sure things are “okay” and that they’re “fine” and that we are “okay” and “fine” it … Continued

Faith of the Future

“You are, in my estimation, the church of the new millennium,” writes Diana Eck, professor of religion at Harvard, “in a world divided by race and by religion and ideology, … [it] is a beacon.” Unitarian Universalism offers us a powerful inheritance: a mind-opening take on the holy, an affirmation of the dignity of all, … Continued

Dedicated to the Earth

Today, we will celebrate and dedicate the installation of Westminster’s long-anticipated solar panels, representing our commitment to live our values and do what we can to care for our earth. In light of that dedication and the upcoming Climate March, today’s service will explore what it means to also dedicate ourselves to the well-being of our world: … Continued

Being/Becoming a Person of Passion

“The original, shimmering self gets buried so deep most of us end up hardly living out of it at all.” ~ Frederick Buechner. Enthusiasm, excitement, passion – while these can get obscured in the process of growing up, we never completely lose them. Somehow, somewhere, in some core part of ourselves, it’s still there. How … Continued

The Content of Our Character  

Martin Luther King famously proclaimed, just over 50 years ago, that people should be judged by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin. Today, as we anticipate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, and the inauguration of this country’s 45th president next week, what might Dr. King have had to say about … Continued