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We are the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough (UUCSW), from Westborough, Mass. Reverend Laurel Gray is our minister. Learn more about us at www.uucsw.org.

UUCSW Reflections Rev. Laurel Gray

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We are the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough (UUCSW), from Westborough, Mass. Reverend Laurel Gray is our minister. Learn more about us at www.uucsw.org.

    Sermon 4-11-21: Stories of Making It Through

    Sermon 4-11-21: Stories of Making It Through

    This Sunday we’ll be revisiting the story of Exodus that is remembered during Passover, albeit a week after Passover has ended. The retelling of the story each year during the Seder meal is a reminder of the importance of telling stories of our resilience. After a year that has contained so much heartbreak, we’ll reflect on the importance of remembering our capacity to make it through hard times.

    Written by: Rev. Laurel Gray
    Music by: Kala Farnham
    Hosted and Edited by: Amanda Hall

    • 14 min
    Sermon 4-4-21: Easter Sunday

    Sermon 4-4-21: Easter Sunday

    This year, Passover, Easter, and Ramadan fall in biblical sequence, one after another, which rarely happens. For so many people of so many traditions, this moment is one of reflection and remembering, a collective recentering. On this Easter Sunday, we’ll remember the Christian story of Easter and reflect on what it means to turn to the past in order to move forward anew.

    Written by: Rev. Laurel Gray
    Music by: Kala Farnham
    Hosted and Edited by: Amanda Hall

    • 12 min
    Sermon 3-21-21: Our Commitment to Hope

    Sermon 3-21-21: Our Commitment to Hope

    In what has been a week filled with violence of so many kinds, we’re going to focus this Sunday on our commitment to hope. As Unitarian Universalists, we are part of the liberal religious tradition, which so often eludes definition. Dean Lewis Fisher of one of the early Universalist theological schools, was once asked where Universalists stand and he famously responded, “The only true answer, is that we do not stand at all; we move.” So let us reflect on the hope that drives our capacity to move, to shift, to work together, and to commit to the task of justice making.

    Written by: Rev. Laurel Gray
    Music by: Kala Farnham
    Hosted and Edited by: Amanda Hall

    • 21 min
    Dreams that Make Us Feel Hopeful: Q&A January 2021

    Dreams that Make Us Feel Hopeful: Q&A January 2021

    Amanda and Rev. Gray reflect on this month's themes.

    Topics of discussion: Remember the Bernie mitten meme?; how boundaries strengthen relationships; what counts as “political”?; legal vs. community boundaries; Laurel and Amanda dream out loud

    Sermons written by: Rev. Laurel Gray
    Music by: Kala Farnham
    Hosted and Edited by: Amanda Hall

    • 39 min
    Sermon 3-7-21: The Free Pulpit

    Sermon 3-7-21: The Free Pulpit

    This Sunday marks a year since we’ve gathered in our physical sanctuary for services because of the ongoing pandemic. Just as we have learned that a congregation is a community, not a place, the “free pulpit” that we UUs so value is not something physical. So what is it? Where did it come from? How does freedom operate within a covenantal community? What commitment are we making to ourselves and our community when we step into that free pulpit?

    Written by: Rev. Laurel Gray
    Music by: Kala Farnham
    Hosted and Edited by: Amanda Hall

    • 16 min
    Sermon 2-21-21: Whose History?

    Sermon 2-21-21: Whose History?

    As we think about beloved community this month, we’ll turn our gaze to the past. Stories about who “we” are and who mattered in history shape our understanding of our country and community. But who’s missing? What would radical hospitality mean for the way we tell history?

    Written by: Rev. Laurel Gray
    Music by: Kala Farnham
    Hosted and Edited by: Amanda Hall

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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reviewbabe72 ,

Heartfelt and Thought-Provoking

Having been raised UU, I’m always looking for a good podcast of heartfelt and thought-provoking sermons. Since every church is different, every sermon stream is different. Rev. Laurel’s sermons speak in a touching and heartfelt manner to the human condition, and leave me thinking long past the episode ends. The Q&A sessions are very well hosted by Amanda, and complement the sermons excellently. Well done all!

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Thoughtful and well produced

10/10 would recommend!

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This is wonderful!!

Definitely worth a listen! Hope you enjoy as much as I did :)

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