Joel Courtney, Meadville-Lombard Theological School
The Wounded Healer; Cascade Unitarian Universalist Church, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.
We all carry wounds from our past, and those wounds affect our behaviors, habits, and our relationships with every other person. By sharing our woundedness we can not only adjust our habits to a more loving nature but also grow more meaningful bonds.
Listening Through the Hate; Cascade Unitarian Universalist Church, Sunday. Feb. 24, 2019.
Our covenant calls us to "listen with kindness and respect," but that can be difficult when we are asked to listen to words that are tinged with hate and disrespect. What can we learn from others about piercing through hateful words to the love that can be found in our shared humanity?
Self Kindness; Cascade Unitarian Universalist Church, Sunday, May 19, 2019
So much time is spent nurturing an attitude of loving kindness out into the world that it can be easy to neglect the kindness we show to ourselves. A healthy sense of self care and grace allows us to do the work in the world that drives us.
Human Networking; Cascade Unitarian Universalist Church, Sunday, July 21, 2019.
Computer networking is often used as an analogue for the human mind to help us understand computers better, but what can those comparisons teach us about the human condition and the challenges we face?
Heroes to Helpers; Cascade Unitarian Universalist Church, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019.
The stories we tell ourselves and each other shape our lives and how we see the world. Popular culture often shows us one version of supporting others. How have those stories affected our perceptions and what stories would better serve our world.
Challenging Expectations; Cascade Unitarian Universalist Church, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019.
With so many major acts of hate in the world, it can be easier for the smaller acts of hate to fly under our radar. How does that constant exposure affect our perceptions? What is a better counteraction, acts of resistance or acts of love?
Easing Attention; Cascade Unitarian Universalist Church, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019.
Mindfulness is excellent at helping us to be more intentional in our lives and to honor the relationships in our lives. Sadly, there is a lot of pain in being mindful every day - in our personal lives, in our community, and on our TV. Is there a balance to mindfulness and how can we find ours?
Full of Awe; Cascade Unitarian Universalist Church, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019.
Across many traditions, the Divine is described as both beautiful and terrifying. How does that dual nature relate to a modern understanding?
Bend, Don't Break; Cascade Unitarian Universalist Church, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020.
Creating a welcoming community can bring up uncomfortable feelings. How can we allow for new perspectives that allow for flexibility in our attitudes and our environment?
Wisdom of the Fool; Cascade Unitarian Universalist Church, Sunday, March 1, 2020.
Long ago, the only member of the royal court allowed to mock the king was the lowly jester. What role does the fool play today? Does the absurd help us to understand our reality?
The Wisdom in Writing; Cascade Unitarian Universalist Church, Sunday, March 8, 2020.
Joel Courtney, Nancy Warner, Jim Bryant, Martha Flores. Writing is one of many spiritual practices used throughout history helps us process complex ideas and share ourselves with our community. CUUF writers will share their experiences in this process.
In the News ...
Alliance demands federal release of Mexican journalist, son; Las Cruces Bulletin, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017