Speaker: Rev. Julia McKay

Christmas Eve: Embodied Joy

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On Christmas Eve, Christians celebrate the world-altering narrative of the inbreaking, indwelling, incarnation of the Holy among us. From both the Hebrew and Christian narratives, the name Emmanuel means “God with us.” In that name, we hear the human yearning … read more.

Compassionate Joy

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What’s joy got to do with compassion? The Hebrew root for “joy,” used 54 times in the Hebrew scriptures — ‘ranan’ (pronounced ‘raw-nan’) — means “to shout, to cry out” and to “overcome.” Our shouting for joy trains the lungs … read more.

Unabashed Joy

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Joy doesn’t wait for struggle to be over. The Divine Feminine, in the face of Mary, “rejoices” in the iconic scripture passage during her pregnancy. Yet, this is a state of affairs that would have put her in a position … read more.

Elusive Joy – A Blue Holiday Service.

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This Sunday, we begin our holiday worship series on JOY. Yet, the holidays can be a difficult time for those who are dealing with loss of some kind, especially as COVID seems so relentless and ongoing. And certainly, joy might … read more.

Who Holds History?

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As we near the winter holiday season, we call to mind memories, myths, and stories from many traditions. Humans have always recognized the power of memory to influence, shape, and guide us. In the past few years’ our Soul Matters … read more.

Unwrapping Our Gifts

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A Special Service with your Shared Ministry Team – Poet, Maya Angelou once said, “I believe that every person is born with talent.” Sharing our gifts, talents, skill sets can make the difference in whether our congregation is drawn together … read more.

Cultivating a Community of Life

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To Carry and Relate — The roots of both words, “cultivate” and “relate,” carry a quality of “tending to” and “taking care of.” The roots of relate come through Latin relatus: re back, again + latus borne: carried. In other … read more.

Currents of Strength



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Grief Lessons for Our Times — The energy of grief is so present in our lives these days, because of all that is happening. And it is true that the time we are living in requires an emotional depth and … read more.