This is Not My Beautiful House

UU Fellowship of Pottstown, PA 1565 South Keim Street, Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Hybrid Event

One of our culture’s foundational myths is about ownership, security, and permanence. JD offers a bit of science, some personal experiences, and a Talking Heads song as puzzle pieces toward a new, more vulnerable humility.

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UUFGC-TBA

UU Fellowship of Greater Cumberland MD 211 South Lee St., Cumberland, MD, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

TBA https://tinyurl.com/UUFGCZoom

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Grants Pass – Ancestors: Honoring Them, Becoming Them

UUs of Grants Pass OR 129 NW E ST., Grants Pass, OR, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

Ancestors - everyone has them, and (spoiler alert!) most of them are dead. Euro-American culture isn’t very good at death; we are so scared of death we’ve perverted the one day each year our ancestors set aside for remembering them to instead focus on giving children candy and expressing our fear with giant inflatable spiders. […]

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Pathways- This is Not My Beautiful House

Pathways UU Fellowship of Hurst TX 481 West Harwood Road, Hurst, TX, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

One of our culture’s foundational myths is about ownership, security, and permanence. JD offers a bit of science, some personal experiences, and a Talking Heads song as puzzle pieces toward a new, more vulnerable humility.

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Fargo – Building a New Way—DIY

UU Church of Fargo-Morehead ND 121 9th Street S, Fargo, ND, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

JD describes lessons learned from his do-it-yourselfer father and grandfathers, and how those lessons might be applied to building a new way for our increasingly precarious global society. What kind of world do we want for our grandchildren, and for their grandchildren? Are we behaving accordingly? Building is not easy or comfortable—are we willing to […]

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UUFGC – Nature’s Scripture: The Interfaith Promise of Science

UU Fellowship of Greater Cumberland MD 211 South Lee St., Cumberland, MD, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

Underlying the human world of strife and separation is an oft-neglected landscape of commonality between faiths: the natural world. At precisely the time when our religious and political divisions threaten the existence of life on Earth, science offers a sweeping interfaith vista filled with revelations and insights as spiritually meaningful as ancient scriptures. Read as […]

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Hagerstown – Love In Darkening Times

UU Church of Hagerstown MD 13245 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD, United States

As the turning Earth carries us into the deepening darkness of winter, and looming shadows of hate and hurt plunge the world into an anxious twilight, we pause. In such times, we draw closer, offering our mutual support and affection. In darkening times, we renew our commitment to all love’s forms, affirmed in word and […]

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FUUFHC – One Song

Hybrid Hybrid Event

JD's first time working with the First Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. One Song is a favorite service, so it should be fun. Close out 2023 in total unity. One Song - the Science of Unity For millennia mystics and prophets have told us that “All is one” and yet we feel […]

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UUFGC-Grand Design: Aging, Grandchildren, and Evolution

UU Fellowship of Greater Cumberland MD 211 South Lee St., Cumberland, MD, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

What evolutionary purpose is served by living so long after our reproductive years are done? This service explores the spiritual and social fertility of every life stage in a beloved community, an inclusive fertility especially enhanced in our later years. Not likely to be a grandparent himself, JD Stillwater takes the opportunity to scrutinize the […]

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Pottstown-Defining Enough

UU Fellowship of Pottstown MD 1565 South Keim Street, Pottstown, PA, United States

Failure to define “enough” means never being satisfied. It makes us vulnerable to slick advertising, and fills our lives with tedium and chaos. It deflects our focus from sources of true happiness, like play, family, relationships, community. Ultimately, it also leads to the desecration of Earth’s living systems. Defining “enough” is a spiritual practice.  

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UCH – In the Shadow of the Moon

Unitarian Church of Harrisburg PA 1280 Clover Lane, Harrisburg, PA, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

Since the dawn of humanity, eclipses have evoked strong feelings and symbolism, and an enduring mysticism expressed in legends, theologies, and worldviews. Eclipses remind us that we are minuscule observers of grand and timeless processes far beyond our control. Rich with metaphor and meaning, a total eclipse immerses us in awe. In this service, Astronomer […]

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UUFGC-Eclipsed: In the Shadow of the Moon

UU Fellowship of Greater Cumberland MD 211 South Lee St., Cumberland, MD, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

Since the dawn of humanity, eclipses have evoked strong feelings and symbolism, and an enduring mysticism expressed in legends, theologies, and worldviews. Eclipses remind us that we are minuscule observers of grand and timeless processes far beyond our control. Rich with metaphor and meaning, a total eclipse immerses us in awe. In this service, JD […]

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Grants Pass- Active Love, an Antidote to Anthropocene Angst

UUs of Grants Pass OR 129 NW E ST., Grants Pass, OR, United States

That humans are having major impacts on the planet is now quite clear, and some of those impacts may be evident millions of years from now. Are we a cancer on the biosphere, a plague? Would it be better if we had remained blissfully in the stone age? Our angst about such matters may be […]

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Pottstown-Eclipsed: In the Shadow of the Moon

UU Fellowship of Pottstown MD 1565 South Keim Street, Pottstown, PA, United States

Since the dawn of humanity, eclipses have evoked strong feelings and symbolism, and an enduring mysticism expressed in legends, theologies, and worldviews. Eclipses remind us that we are minuscule observers of grand and timeless processes far beyond our control. Rich with metaphor and meaning, a total eclipse immerses us in awe. In this service, JD […]

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Fargo-Morehead UU – Active Love, An Antidote to Anthropocene Angst

UU Church of Fargo-Morehead ND 121 9th Street S, Fargo, ND, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

That humans are having major impacts on the planet is now quite clear, and some of those impacts may be evident millions of years from now. Are we a cancer on the biosphere, a plague? Would it be better if we had remained blissfully in the stone age? Our angst about such matters may be […]

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Magic Recipes: Science and the Profound Meaning of Spring

All Souls UU Church - Bellville 25 Church St, Bellville, Ohio, United States

This is also All Souls' annual Flower Communion, so bring a flower! JD's topic: Eggs and seeds are quintessential symbols of birth and spring, but did you ever really contemplate the magic that hides inside them? The new science of emergence is like 1+1 = poetry; it’s magic, but also rigorous science, and spring is […]

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Fargo-Morehead UU – Fiddling While Rome Burns

UU Church of Fargo-Morehead ND 121 9th Street S, Fargo, ND, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

When the entire planet is engulfed in flames (climate change, nuclear arms, fascism, extinction, mass migration), isn’t full-time activism the only reasonable activity? Isn’t everything else a kind of indulgence? What if activism just isn’t your thing? What if your talents and passions lie in something like fiddling? JD shares his own wrestlings with this […]

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UUFGC-Combustion Addiction: 12 Steps to Climate Recovery

UU Fellowship of Greater Cumberland MD 211 South Lee St., Cumberland, MD, United States
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

Our dependence on fossil fuels looks an awful lot like addiction. Could the 12 steps of AA offer any helpful guidance as we seek a way out? If climate change is a moral/spiritual crisis, maybe a 12-step-style “spiritual awakening” can help.

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Pottstown – Grand Design: Aging, Alloparenting, and Evolution

UU Fellowship of Pottstown MD 1565 South Keim Street, Pottstown, PA, United States

What evolutionary purpose is served by living so long after our reproductive years are done? This service explores the spiritual and social fertility of every life stage in a beloved community, an inclusive fertility especially enhanced in our later years. Not likely to be a grandparent himself, JD Stillwater takes the opportunity to scrutinize the […]

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Pathways – Fiddling While Rome Burns

Pathways UU Fellowship of Hurst TX 481 West Harwood Road, Hurst, TX, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

When the entire planet is engulfed in flames (climate change, nuclear arms, fascism, extinction, mass migration), isn’t full-time activism the only reasonable activity? Isn’t everything else a kind of indulgence? What if activism just isn’t your thing? What if your talents and passions lie in something like fiddling? JD shares his own wrestlings with this […]

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UUCH – Grand Design: Aging, Alloparenting, and Evolution

UU Church of Hagerstown MD 13245 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD, United States
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

What evolutionary purpose is served by living so long after our reproductive years are done? This service explores the spiritual and social fertility of every life stage in a beloved community, an inclusive fertility especially enhanced in our later years. Not likely to be a grandparent himself, JD Stillwater takes the opportunity to scrutinize the […]

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UUFGC- Awetheism Part 1: Science, Awe, and Pro-Sociality

UU Fellowship of Greater Cumberland MD 211 South Lee St., Cumberland, MD, United States
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

New research into the experience of awe reveals that awe makes us feel small but deeply connected, and how this in turn makes us more generous people. With help from some well-timed lightning strikes (and no help from Siri or Alexa), we’ll explore what’s known about awe’s effects on us, and how it can benefit […]

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