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2024/06/02 "Reflections on Thirty Years of Ministry" with Rev. Peter Connolly

As in any profession, in ministry there are ups and downs, successes and failures. Our stories help shape us and may provide lessons for others. Today, Rev. Connolly provides stories. And the lessons? ...

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2024/05/26 "Memorial Day and Our Civil Religion" with Rev. Peter Connolly

Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in this country's armed forces. When we look closely at the symbols for the country for which those sacrifices were made, we find them saturated with religious significance. Today we will take a close look at this connection. ...

2024/05/19 Music Sunday

Music Sunday this year is a series of reflections on MUSIC by Susan Hotchkiss (Music Director), joined by the Chalice Choir, vocal ensembles, soloists, and instrumentalists. What is the connection between music and nature, music and people, people and nature? Why is music important? Quoting Frank Ticheli, “music and singing can be our refuge, our light against darkness and strife.” Join us as we celebrate the power of music and its ability to connect us all. ...

2024/05/12 "The Dedication of Mothers" with Rev. Peter Connolly

On Mother's Day, we take some time to acknowledge what we do not acknowledge enough-- the love and dedication that mothers bring to the lives of their family members, the love that binds wounds and soothes aching hearts. ...

2024/05/05 "Intimacy and Interdependence" with Rev. Peter Connolly

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To experience intimacy with another human being is one of the great joys in life. To experience a feeling of independence can make one feel expansive. Today, we'll explore the teachings of the Dalai Lama that allow us to see the key connection between these two experiences.
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2024/04/28 "A Culture of Tribalism" with Rev. Peter Connolly

I expect that many of us have felt part of a "tribe," a group we feel a part of, which helps give us self-definition and allows us to feel part of a greater whole. When that sense becomes solidified into tribalism, though, there's trouble. We'll talk about that today. ...

2024/04/17 "Remembering the Earth and Ourselves as Sacred" with our Covenant Of UU Pagans chapter

It has now been fifty-four years since the first Earth Day celebration. We have mounted campaigns, crafted slogans, held a yearly COP in far away places, seen protests and marches, made promises and resolutions. The scientists have warned us of the outcome of continuing on our present trajectory, and sadly nothing seems to have made much of an impact. From this pulpit we have considered the Earth as our Mother, our home and our beloved Anam Cara…

This year we will explore a different idea. Many people now believe that the root cause of our current crisis is not physical or moral or existential but rather, it is spiritual. Quite simply, we have forgotten our true nature, our place here, our original instructions. We have forgotten that the Earth is sacred … and so are we. Today we will explore this concept further and see if we can begin to re-member who we are, why we are here and what is ours to do.
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2024/04/14 "Putting the 'Human' in Humanism" with Rev. Peter Connolly

Recently, several members and friends of the church completed a 7-session reading and discussion group on the topic of "UU Humanism." Today, we'll share some of what we discovered as well as explore the roots of Religious Humanism in our tradition. ...

2024/04/07 "Seinfeld as Religious Metaphor" with Rev. Peter Connolly

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The situation comedy that we all know as Seinfeld ended years ago, but seems destined to live on forever in reruns, on DVD, and in our cultural consciousness. In this, the week when many of us have been April fools, it might be time to take a break for some fun-- and to find what truths live even in comedy.
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2024/03/31 "Passover, Ostara, Easter" with Rev. Peter Connolly

The Pagan, Jewish and Christian traditions all celebrate holy days in the Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Today, we'll look at how the traditions developed and how they can inform our spiritual journeys. The Chalice Choir will be singing. ...

2024/03/24 "Palm Sunday: Can It Speak to Us UUs?" with Valerie Fontaine

This morning we welcome Valerie Fontaine to the pulpit. Valerie is a longtime member of this church and sings with the Chalice Choir. She is also a member and past chair of the Music Committee and was instrumental in having the handicapped accessible door installed. Please join Valerie in an exploration of potential lessons and revelations that might hold meaning for our lives today. ...

2024/03/17 "Women's History: Gains and Goals" with Rev. Peter Connolly and Natalie Johnson

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Women's History month presents us with an opportunity to look back on the gains we've experienced in women's rights, even in our lifetimes, while recognizing that in some respects, there is still a long way to go to reach full equality.
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2024/03/10 "Bringing Our Values to Life" with Rev. Peter Connolly

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Today, we'll look at the many ways we at UU Middleboro embody the values we claim and look, too, at ways we can more fully grow into the values captured in our Seven Principles.
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