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Podcasts from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA). At UUCPA, we come together to support one another in our continuing commitment to a free and loving search for spiritual meaning and to the expression of that meaning in our community and in our lives. For more information visit www.uucpa.org.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto

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Podcasts from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA). At UUCPA, we come together to support one another in our continuing commitment to a free and loving search for spiritual meaning and to the expression of that meaning in our community and in our lives. For more information visit www.uucpa.org.

    What We Learned from the Pandemic . . .

    What We Learned from the Pandemic . . .

    . . . Not this one, but previous ones. Plague and flu, tuberculosis and smallpox: each has challenged us, shown us who we were and could become, and offered us some lessons that could help us today. Let us redeem this difficult time by emerging from it with more compassion and self-understanding.



    Worship Leader: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern



    Special Music: Eric Leong, violin



    Follow along in the order of service: https://bit.ly/36HvB1q

    • 24 min
    The Space Between the Notes

    The Space Between the Notes

    Follow along in the order of service: https://bit.ly/2LPr3MH



    Today’s service invites us into the traditions of contemplative prayer, centering, silence, and music from the Taizé community. They are all meant to help us tap into our first source, “Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.” Come drink deeply from the source.



    Worship Leader: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern



    Special Music: Four Shillings Short

    • 11 min
    Helen Kreps, Remarkable Palo Alto Unitarian

    Helen Kreps, Remarkable Palo Alto Unitarian

    The order of service is https://bit.ly/2Z6zF9N.



    One of the most interesting figures in the old Unitarian Church of Palo Alto that existed from 1905 to 1934 was Helen Kreps. A brilliant scholar, she was inspired by seeing a woman minister, Rev. Florence Buck, preach at the Palo Alto church, and after a brilliant career at Stanford went on to prepare to become a Unitarian minister herself. When the influenza epidemic hit in 1918, she volunteered as a nurse, contracted influenza, and died. The story of Helen Kreps has a lot to tell us about heroism, feminism, and the importance of controlling pandemics.



    Worship Leader: Rev. Dan Harper



    Special music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, piano

    • 24 min
    Conservative Values for Unitarian Universalists

    Conservative Values for Unitarian Universalists

    We’re mostly associated with liberal causes, not just because we are religiously liberal. Religious liberalism is a stance that affirms personal freedom to seek spiritual truth, and places trust in humanity’s power to discern rightly, via reason and other gifts, and one need not be politically liberal to be religiously liberal; but we tend to be both. However, many values that have long been associated with political and social conservatism in this country are ones to which we should, in your minister’s humble opinion, adhere.



    Worship Leader: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern



    Special Music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, piano



    Order of Service: https://bit.ly/uucpa_oos_20200510

    • 29 min
    Glad and Generous Hearts

    Glad and Generous Hearts

    The text from which today’s service draws inspires us with the vision of a community where everyone shares what they have, gladly and generously. Reverend Randle (Rick) Mixon, has been pastor of First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, for the past 14 years and is adjunct faculty in pastoral care at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley.



    Order of Service: https://bit.ly/uucpa_oos_20200503



    Worship leader: Rev. Randle Mixon



    Worship Associate: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern



    Special music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, piano

    • 21 min
    From “Amy” to “the Reverend Amy”

    From “Amy” to “the Reverend Amy”

    Order of Service



    UUCPA takes seriously its vision of ministry as a collective enterprise of the entire congregation. By our by-laws, the Committee on Ministry is charged with “supporting and monitoring the health of the total shared ministry of the church, which includes the integrated work of clergy, staff, and laity,” and ensuring “that the congregation understands its mission in terms of ministry.” Today, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Amy’s ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister, the committee members share what our vision of ministry means to them.



    Worship leaders: Members of the Committee on Ministry: Maricia Scott, Ed Haertel, Olivia Ramberg-Gomez, Brian Weller, and Mark Williams



    Worship Associate: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern



    Special music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe

    • 18 min

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