Rev. Paul Oakley

“Words that Hurt, Words that Heal”

Remember the playground chant, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may never harm me”? The things we say and that are said to us are actions that have real-world effect.

“100 Blessings – A Practice of Gratitude”

“Ancient rabbis interpreted a verse from the Torah to mean that a Jew should say 100 blessings every day.  That’s approximately one blessing every 10 minutes!  So what can this encouragement to bless, coming from a very different time and place say that can be at all meaningful in our very different pluralistic cultural and … Continued

#UUWhiteSupremacyTeachin

In 2017, actual ‘white supremacists’ are not required in order to uphold white supremacist culture. Building a faith full of people who understand that key distinction is essential as we work toward a more just society in difficult political times. Join us as we participate in #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn

Flower Service

The flower service was originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek.  The service recognizes the lessons and challenges that Easter poses for UUs.  Bring a flower if you are able and at the end each person takes a different flower than the one they brought.  If you don’t have access to flowers there … Continued

“Dayenu”

Passover begins on the evening of April 10.  The Passover Seder is central to the Jewish celebration of this 8-day holiday.  At the Seder, the song “Dayenu” means “It would have been enough for us”.  But would it really have been enough without what came next?

“What Really Matters in the End?”

What makes life worth living in the face of death?  Talking about the final stage of life is difficult but important.  Advance planning enables you to communicate your preferences and generate a legacy that honors your dignity and values.

“Exploring the Climate/Race/Class Nexus”

In our cultural and political contexts, changes in the natural world have greatest impact on people already feeling pressures because of institutional racism and classism.

“UU Heritage: Women for Peace”

We will look at the history of women leading the nation in search of peace.  Many pioneering leadeers for peace were 19th century Unitarian and Universalist women.

Youth GA Experience

UUFW is raising money to help 2 of our youth attend General Assembly this summer.  What will they get out of this experience?  How will our religious education program and congregation be enriched through their attendance?  Cone show your support for our youth and our Director of Religious Education.

“The Path of Sadness”

Sadness is part of the human experience.  But it is not apportioned equally.  If we do not mean depression when we say sadness, what can we do when sadness is the path we seem to have been on too long?