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Rev. Abbey Tennis teaching at the pulpit

Past Service: Rage & Delight

Many great prophets & spiritual leaders throughout time have voiced a fierce anger at injustice while also being able to laugh raucously and love life’s beauty. How might facing into our own rage and delight make our lives more rich?

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Rev. Abbey Tennis and Hannah Capaldi

Past Service: The Tyrannies We Swallow

Using writings from Audre Lorde and James Baldwin, Revs. Abbey and Hannah will explore the anguish our spirits experience in a world which demands we make ourselves smaller and silent about the injustices we face. Together we’ll reflect on how our faith is grounded in a love which compels us to speak out and confront reality.

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Rev. Abbey Tennis teaching at the pulpit

Past Service: “Come, Sit By Me”

“If your spirituality does not demand beauty and liberation for every person and piece of the cosmos, it is not God you are seeking, but a shallow ritual of self-soothing,” writes “Black Liturgies” creator, Cole Arthur Riley. How can we strengthen our practice of love in the context of community?

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Past Service: Not Somewhere Else

I’ll tell stories from my own life, with some references to stories by Rebecca Parker and Vanessa Machado de Olivieri, the author of Hospicing Modernity: Facing Humanity’s Wrongs and the Implications for Social Activism. Within the stories I hope the essence of my sermon will be two parts: a reassurance that the times we are in may be unsettling, but it’s not new in history, and a challenge to be honest about where we are.

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Past Service: Do Less

This time of year, people commonly make resolutions about what they plan to do in the new year. But what if we made resolutions to try less? What if we prioritized doing nothing, whenever possible? What might emerge in the open spaces we tended?

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Past Service: Coming Out of the Dark

“In the universe there moves a Wild One whose gestures alter earth’s axis toward love” says poet, scholar, and theologian Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker. This morning, we gather to welcome new members, honor the Winter Solstice, and find meaning in this time of deep darkness and turning of the seasons.

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Past Service: Waking up to Life

As Buddhists in our community and around the world prepare to celebrate the day Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment or awakening (Bodhi day), what can we gain by waking up to our own lives?

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Past Service: Generosity of Spirit (and Botany)

An alert goes out, and all around the world, no matter what time it is, dozens of botanists stop what they’re doing and take out their cell phones to look at a picture. Somewhere on earth, a child has eaten a plant that doctors can’t identify. Can anyone help? As it happens, these botanists might be the only people who can. What motivates any of us to be generous with our time, our talents, and our knowledge of obscure berries?

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