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December 23 Whose Are We? Rev Paul Beckel

UU Humanists, atheists, agnostics, etc, are often leery of the word, “worship,” which, taken conventionally, implies that there is someone, often supernatural, that we worship. This question, “Whose are we?” may also be taken that way. As a Humanist, tho, I ask the question in order to call attention to the Christmas-time notion of God-incarnate, that is, the sacred within material being. Likewise, since we are of the earth, as conscious beings we are more than living dust. We have a relationship with Mother Earth and Father Sky that is deeper than stuff adjacent to more stuff. Within that context, how would you answer the question, “Whose are we?” 

December 24 Christmas Eve with Candles and Carols * * 7 PM * *

December 30 Priorities Rev Paul Beckel

Some native porters were conscripted to carry baggage for explorers thru a jungle. After traveling long and hard day after day the porters stopped. They did not seem begrudging. They were not being obstinate but they would not proceed. The explorers were dumbfounded, but finally received an interpretation: “The porters say that they have come so far so fast that they must stop to wait for their souls to catch up with them.” Taking this pause before bounding into the year ahead, let’s think about how we might we strip away the excess, in order to reveal the whole.
Past Services
November 18 Freedom Not to Care? Guns, Idols, and Freedom from Consequences - Paul Beckel
November 11 Who is My Neighbor? - Paul Beckel
November 4 That which Ignites our Spirits - Tessie Mandeville
October 21 Congregational Humanism - Paul Beckel
October 14 Expanding Choices at the End of Life this link is to a presentation similar to what Phyllis Shacter shared with us at BUF)
October 7 Borders and Boundaries, Inside and Out - Paul Beckel
September 30 The Transient and the Permanent- Paul Beckel
September 23 Get the Hell Out - Peter Luton
July 29 Christmas in July- Jeff Copeland
July 8 The Drama of Evangelicalism - Loretta Willems
July 1 Revisiting 1968 - Rod Haynes
June 24 What Does Spirituality Mean to You? - Paul Beckel
June 10 Forward Thru the Ages - Paul Beckel
May 27 Beyond Belief - Paul Beckel
May 20 Consensual Conversations - Beth Nyblade
May 6 Let Go of the Script - Paul Beckel
April 22 Holy Ground - Paul Beckel & Rachel May
April 15 2018 "...a thousand gifts will flood the void..." - Paul Beckel
April 1 2018 Easter Fools - Paul Beckel
March 18 2018 The Next Buddha may be the Sangha - Paul Beckel
March 4 2018 Facing our Fears with Courage, Gratitude, and Generosity - Paul Beckel, et al
March 25 2018 Beyond the Good - Debu Majumdar & Paul Beckel
February 25, 2018 Joy: An Inside Job - Barbara Gilday
February 18, 2018 Lamentation / Freedom from Consequences - Paul Beckel
February 11, 2018 Don't be Afraid of Sweetness (with Chocolate Communion) - Paul Beckel
February 4, 2018 Are we doing any Good? (And is that the Measure of Life?) - Paul Beckel
January 28, 2018 Empathy, Goodwill, and Loving-Kindness - Paul Beckel
January 21, 2018 Growing Soul - Paul Beckel
January 14, 2018 On the 450th Anniversary of the first Edict of Religious Toleration
January 7, 2018 Awe - Paul Beckel
December 31, 2017 Exile, Initiation, and Return  - Paul Beckel
December 3, 2017 Vulnerability, Pros and Cons - Paul Beckel
November 19, 2017 In Flux - Paul Beckel
November 12, 2017 We Have All Been Charged - Judy Pine and The Black Lives Matter Ministry Action Team
November 5, 2017 Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation
October 22, 2017 BUF Brings Out Our Best - Paul Beckel
October 8, 2017 Gobbledygook - Paul Beckel
October 1, 2017 Here I Am - Paul Beckel
September 17, 2017 Mindfulness - Paul Beckel
August 13, 2017 Transforming the Dark Night of the Globe- Ted Williams
  • Video of this service HERE
August 6, 2017 To Love and Be Loved- Jeff Packer
July 30, 2017 The Life-Changing Magic of Self-Compassion - Carrie Koehnline
July 16, 2017 Oops, I did it Again - Rev Peter Luton
July 2, 2017 My Country Right and Wrong - Rod Haynes
June 25, 2017 A Mennonite Story - Loretta Willems
May 14, 2017 Mothers, Nurture, and Boundaries - Paul Beckel
April 16, 2017 Celebrating Easter when it still feels like Good Friday - Paul Beckel and Tessie Mandeville
April 9, 2017 Inclusion: Parking Meters and the Walk to Community - Michael Berres
April 2, 2017 Comfort the Afflicted and Afflict the Comfortable - Paul Beckel
March 19, 2017 Stages of Personal and Social Transformation - Paul Beckel
March 12, 2017 Border Crossing - Rick Beckel
March 5, 2017 Reach In, Reach Out, Reach Forward, with Tributes to Kay Witter
February 26, 2017 Love is the Spirit of this Fellowship, What does this Mean to You? - Paul Beckel
February 12, 2017 Making Relationships Last / Resilience - Paul Beckel
February 5, 2017 What's Normal? - Paul Beckel
January 29, 2017 Political Correctness: The Myth and the Reality - Paul Beckel
January 15, 2017 Growing up Lummi & Dedication
January 8, 2017 Words of the Year - Paul Beckel
January 1, 2017 What Calls Us Onward? - Paul Beckel
December 11, 2016 Simplicity: Small things with Great Love - Paul Beckel
December 4, 2016 Acceptance: A Pathway to Peace - Molly Monahan and Paul Beckel
November 20, 2016 The Grace of Giving Thanks - Paul Beckel et al.
November 13, 2016 Hope is Giving Eyes to Sorrow - Paul Beckel and Tessie Mandeville
November 6, 2016 Cross Border Thoughts - Steven Epperson
October 30, 2016 Naturalistic Theism - Paul Beckel
October 23, 2016 Should I Worry? - Paul Beckel
October 16, 2016 100th Anniversary of Planned Parenthood - Paul Beckel and Vincent Lachina
October 9, 2016 The Spirituality of Partnership - Tessie Mandeville
October 2, 2016 Free at Last, or Worlds Apart? - Paul Beckel et al.
September 25, 2016 Translation and Interpretation - Paul Beckel
September 18, 2016 We Need a Religion - Paul Beckel
September 11, 2016 Water Communion - Paul Beckel
September 4, 2016 Why We Can't Wait - And Yet We Do - Paul Beckel & Elizabeth Skinner
August 14, 2016 Synods, Core Values, and Your Beliefs - Jim Reimer
August 7, 2016 Consumer Hedonism and the Formation of Morals - Kim Cooper
July 17, 2016 The Care and Feeding of Demons - Bonnie Phinney
July 3, 2016 Democracy - Paul Beckel
June 12, 2016 Why we Commit to Respond - Dennis Reynolds
May 29, 2016 Sins of Memory - Paul Beckel
May 22, 2016 Tending (and Co-Dependence) - Paul Beckel
May 15, 2016 The Wisdom of Crowds - Paul Beckel
May 8, 2016 Fertile Soil: Returning Life to its Mother, Earth - Paul Beckel
May 1, 2016 True, Kind, and Necessary - Paul Beckel
April 24, 2016 The Fire of Transformation - Tessie Mandeville
April 17, 2016 How much is that Doggie in the Window Worth? - Paul Beckel
April 10, 2016 Against Depression - Paul Beckel
April 3, 2016 the Chalice & the Flame - Paul Beckel
Mar 27, 2016 Easter & Jesus for Non-Trinitarians - Paul Beckel
Mar 6, 2016 Ethical Cheapness - Paul Beckel
Feb 28, 2016 Primal Religious Plots go to the Movies - Paul Beckel
Feb 21, 2016 Disability and Community - Paul Beckel
Feb 14, 2016 Is Love a Win-Win? - Paul Beckel
Jan 31, 2016 Hello Islam
Jan 24, 2016 From Coercion to Persuasion - Paul Beckel
Jan 17, 2016 MLK and the Beloved Community - Paul Beckel
Jan 10, 2016 Falling Apart as a Spiritual Exercise - Paul Beckel
Jan 3, 2016 What if Citizenship Were Voluntary? - Paul Beckel
Dec 13, 2015 When Santa was a Shaman - Paul Beckel
Dec 6, 2015 An Eye for an Eye? - Paul Beckel
Nov 15, 2015 Sex and UU Values - Paul Beckel
Nov 8, 2015 On Writing an Ethical Will - Paul Beckel
Oct 25, 2015 Forbidden Tales of the Bible - Paul Beckel
Oct 18, 2015 Inequality and Sustainable Society - Paul Beckel
Oct 4, 2015 From Puritans to Transcendentalists - Paul Beckel
Sept 27, 2015 Catch the Wave - Paul Beckel
Sept 20, 2015 Life, Death, and Everything in Between - Paul Beckel
Aug 2, 2015 All My Relations: Diversity in a Multicultural World - Jeff Packer
May 24, 2015 Medical Futility, Rationing & Universal Care - Barbara Gilday & Paul Beckel
May 10, 2015 Mothers/Nurture - Paul Beckel
April 26, 2015 Prayer among the Heathens - Paul Beckel
Apr 5, 2015 Martyrdom, Selma and some Unitarian and Universalist christianities - Paul Beckel
Mar 29, 2015 Ambiguous Loss - Paul Beckel
Mar 22, 2015 Filters and Feedback (on Equinox) - Paul Beckel
Mar 15, 2015 Money and the Meaning of My Life - Paul Beckel
Mar 8, 2015 True Reason, Liberated Conscience, and Clear Vision- Bill Haney
Mar 1, 2015 Reverent Humanism - Paul Beckel
Feb 22, 2015 Burnout - Paul Beckel
Jan 25, 2015 BUF in Relationship: Within & Beyond - Paul Beckel
Jan 4, 2015 Closure and New Beginnings - Paul Beckel & Rick Beckel
Dec 28, 2014 Waking Up in the New Year - Jeff Packer
Dec 14, 2014 Two (or more) Homes for the Holidays - Paul Beckel
Nov 23, 2014 Cranberry Communion - Paul Beckel
Nov 9, 2014 Dignity and Free Expression - Paul Beckel



 
Header Christmas Eve service photo by Dan Witter.