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    June 25, 2023 GA Assembly Worship Service

    Ever Willing: Becoming the People Our World Needs

    The pandemic has wrought change and created uncertainty for institutions, like our Unitarian Universalist congregations, and our wider world. Who and what are we becoming, individually and collectively? Our GA Sunday service explores these themes as we gather in community to celebrate the best of who we UUs are.

    Link to the UUA website to view the recorded service.

    July 2, 2023: We The People

    Worship Leader: Rev. Ian W. Riddell
    Worship Assistant: Joni Padduck

    As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, we take a look at the state of our democracy and wonder together how to stay true to our values while resisting hatred, fear, and prejudice.

    *Note:  Since there was no sound on the recording we are providing the text of the sermon in this document.

    We the People Sermon

    September 17, 2023: Talking About What Unites Us

    Worship Leader: Rev. Ian W. Riddell
    Worship Associate: Ginger Hemingway

    Our Unitarian Universalist Association is engaged in a deep conversation about the values that unite us. This year, along with UUs all over the country, we will be exploring those values and the way they are shared in our denomination’s statements of principle. Join us today as we introduce our exploration of the values that bring us together as a community.

    September 10, 2023: Conversation as a Tool of Beloved Community

    Worship Leader: Rev. Ian W. Riddell
    Worship Associate: Julia Alberg-Burbank
    How do we choose to talk to each other? How can we connect more deeply in conversation and connection? How can we learn to listen to one another? Join us as we explore conversation in times of peace and in times of stress.

    September 3, 2023: Used Up and Thrown Out: The (Mis)Use of People Over Profit in Manual Labor

    Worship Leader: Megan Beaman-Jacinto
    Worship Associate: Joni Padduck

    Even today, where the average person works 12+ jobs in a lifetime, many companies continue to enjoy the committed and experienced labor of long term employees. These humans dedicate nearly their entire working lives to companies, contributing a wealth of dedicated expertise, wisdom, and skills over decades. However, too often, the employment relationships end too abruptly in employees’ later years, and workers are able to fight back.

    August 27, 2023: The Importance of Living an Authentic Life

    Worship Leader: Lisa Middleton
    Worship Associate: Steven Toporoff

    Lisa Middleton is a member of the Palm Springs City Council. In 2017, she became the first transgender person elected to a political office in California, in 2021 she became only the third transgender person in US History to be the Mayor of an American city. Lisa will speak not only of her lived experience but of the challenges facing transgender people today as so many seek to politicize transgender identity.

    August 13, 2023: The Five Wishes

    Worship Leader: Anita Rufus
    Worship Associate: Bryna Blum

    Anita Rufus, who has specialized in end-of-life options for over 20 years, will talk about Advance Directives and the importance of having discussions with your family about what you do and do not want.

    August 6, 2023: Spirituality in the Face of Uncertainty

    Worship Leader: Rev. Dr. Sharon Asherah Siegel,
    High Priestess of the Goddess Temple of Palm Springs
    Worship Associate: Rev. Ian Riddell

    July 30, 2023: You Don't Have to be an Addict...

    Worship Leader: Harriet Rossetto
    Worship Associate: Bryna Blum

    Meeting the emotional, existential and spiritual challenges of the human condition.

    July 23, 2023: A Peculiar Notion: Gender, Masculinity, and Ted Lasso

    Worship Leader: Rev. Ian W. Riddell
    Worship Associate: Ginger Hemingway

    What do a TV show about soccer, a musical about hippies, and fast-food toys tell us about masculinity, gender, and embracing diversity?

    July 16, 2023: When Church Disappoints

    Worship Leader: Steven Toporoff
    Worship Associate: Bryna Blum

    We may find ourselves disappointed at times when our Church and religious leaders fail to meet our expectations. Let’s learn from two world beliefs - Taoism and the Baha’i Faith - how to manage expectations when living in community.