Rev. Arthur Lavoie

Whose Worth and Dignity?

Our first Unitarian Universalist Principle calls on us to “affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” We love this principle. It strikes at the heart of who we are and our belief that people come first and that everyone has value and agency. Like all our principles, this one can be … Continued

the gods that fail us

We are in the midst of the Jewish High Holy Days which give us all an opportunity to reflect on the ways that we have not lived up to our highest ideals, ask forgiveness and celebrate a new year with a clean slate. In that process of self-reflection we also find that we have set … Continued

From Creed to Covenant

One of the unique features of Unitarian Universalism is that we are a religious tradition that does not have a creed, a set of beliefs that everyone is expected to follow. Instead, we are organized around the covenant or covenants that we have with each other. A covenant is a set of promises that identify … Continued

Creating Heaven on Earth

With our second Unitarian Universalist Principle; “We Covenant to Affirm and Promote Justice Equity and Compassion in Human Relations.” In the first of a series of sermons on the UU Principles, we will explore what this might mean and how challenging this might be for our lives.

Water Gives Us Life

For our annual Ingathering Service, we will once again share our summer stories with water that represents the places where we have been and what we have learned over the summer. This will be a multi-generational service followed by coffee hour and introduction to this year’s Religious Education Program.

Blessing of the Animals

The animals that inhabit our lives provide us with love and companionship and it’s important to honor them and acknowledge the blessing they are to us. This service will be held out on the lawn or in Beal Hall depending on the weather. If the animal you would like to honor “plays well with others,” … Continued

What Clouds Our Vision

I just had cataract surgery. My vision has become more and more clouded over the last couple of years. Yet, at first, I didn’t notice that there might be something wrong. Most often there are emotional and psychological issues that limit our ability to see clearly. Our fears, our anxieties and our prejudices get in … Continued

Celebration

All ages are welcome at today’s service that will be a celebration of all that you are as a church community. Andrew Garland will offer a solo as he, Corrine and their children are preparing their move to Boulder, Colorado. We will honor recent high school graduate, Leanne Eldridge, with scholarships and introduce our new … Continued

Willing to be Changed by What We’ve Started

When we embrace life’s journey we don’t always know what we will find. When we start a new job, make new friends, enter or leave a relationship, raise children, move to a new place; all of these things bring both joys and challenges that ask some change or transformation from us. Are we willing to step out of … Continued

A Parent’s Heart

There’s something fierce and wonderful that happens to the heart when we have to care for children. Children are a precious gift. They come to us vulnerable and needing our care. Today we celebrate and honor all the ways we care for the children entrusted to us.