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Sunday 2022 09 25 “Our Thing” The Rev. Bob LaVallee
What makes Unitarian Universalism so special, and how does that come alive at First U ABQ?
September 18, 2022: “Scandalous Universalism” The Rev. Angela Herrera
Universalism—the idea that all are saved—has been an outrageously controversial idea. But what does it even mean in today’s Unitarian Universalism? Is there any cosmic/divine justice?
September 11, 2022: “Within, Among, Beyond” The Rev. Bob LaVallee.
Theology should be about the things that we most cherish as a community. How do we move from focusing on individual beliefs to sharing meaning and purpose?
2022 09 04 “To Whom Does Our Work Belong?” The Rev. Angela Herrera.
In light of recent changes in the labor market, as well as the outrageous concentration of wealth in relatively few hands, a Labor Day sermon on working, agency, and liberation.
August 28, 2022 “How and When to Apologize” The Rev. Angela Herrera and Sara Wofford.
Sara and Angela join forces today to discuss the spiritual art of apologizing. Is there a right way? How do we know when an apology is needed? Sara is the Chair of our congregation’s Healthy Community Committee, a committee of the Board tasked with helping our congregation practice healthy conflict.
“Learning from Islam” The Rev. Bob LaVallee
In light of the recent tragedies in Albuquerque’s Muslim community, Rev. Bob is changing the planned sermon topic, “Getting Lost,” to discuss Islam.
“Hungry Ghosts” August 14, 2022 The Rev. Bob LaVallee
In Tibetan Buddhism, a hungry ghost is shaped like a teardrop, with tiny mouths and enormous stomachs. A hungry ghost is also a metaphor for the condition of addiction. Rev. Bob will talk about addiction, and more importantly, recovery.
August 7, 2022 “Question Box Sunday” The Revs. Angela Herrera & Bob LaVallee
We tackle some big questions in church… and here’s your chance to ask yours! Send in your spiritual, moral, and theological questions to email@example.com and on August 7, Bob and Angela will take turns responding to them.
July 31, 2022 “Humans” The Rev. Angela Herrera
What is predictable about human development and what is not? How much—and how— does a person change in their lifetime?
July 24, 2022 “Losing My Religion” The Rev. Jane Davis, Affiliate Minister.
What has Unitarian Universalism conceded to more mainstream religions that we might want to consider taking back?
Sunday 2022 07 17 “Trans Justice” Adrien Lawyer, Transgender Resource Center of NM
Our service this Sunday will be led by the Rev. Jane Davis, First Unitarian’s Affiliated Minister. Adrien Lawyer is the founder and Executive Director of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. Music: Amanda Udis-Kessler and Phoebe Lostroh
Sunday 2022 07 10 “Redemption” The Rev. Angela Herrera
A sermon about sin and making things right. Updated for today, Angela originally preached this sermon in 2011. Due to her father’s unexpected passing, Angela is postponing the original topic of “Preparedness” until a later date.
Sunday 2022 07 03 Healing the Heart of Democracy—Revisited” The Rev. Bob LaVallee
Quaker theologian Parker Palmer’s book Healing the Heart of Democracy came out in 2014 and a lot has happened in our government since then. On Independence Day weekend, how do we create a politics that’s worthy of the human spirit?
June 26, 2022 Blessings in Verse. The Worship Coordinators.
For many UUs, poetry is a source of wonder and renewal, a blessing to our hearts and souls that is always there for us. Join us for First Unitarian’s not-quite-annual poetry service, and bask in words of beauty, insight, and compassion.
June 19, 2022 “Bless This House” The Rev. Bob LaVallee
Religious communities create unique blessings that are hard to find in other places. As we face some truly terrible times ahead, how do we at First U bless each other and our community?