Prior Services

Sunday, November 22 – Giving Thanks Near and Far

At different points throughout history, we have been separated from one another for different reasons. Challenges present themselves that keep us apart, but these are the times that help us to realize what we may have taken for granted for years: connection and being together. How will we gather in love and “Thanks Giving” this year with the spirit of celebration firmly planted in our hearts and minds? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty in conversation about the joy of the season and the gathering of family (bio or chosen).

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Sunday, November 15 – Beyond the Tantrum

The pillars of emotional intelligence can help us to gain control of our lives and our responses to the triggers and buttons that reside, like landmines, just below the surface. We may be mildly aware of these “soft spots,” and unlike our IQ, which is a fixed number that we cannot improve, we can increase our EQ on a daily basis. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she expands on the six EI pillars and shares her thoughts about strategies with which we can refine our reactions to life and the triggers that sting.

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Sunday, November 8 – The Five Categories of Emotional Intelligence

How do we understand the difference between IQ and EQ? Each is important in its own right. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will delve into Emotional Intelligence and how it can inform and guide us on our journey: where we find those spiritual gems and why expanding our EQ will bring us a deeper sense of joy in our lives.

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Sunday, November 1 – All Souls Big and Small

This Sunday we will look at the ways that we face into loss, sadness, and grief and how we work with our Emotional Intelligence to locate the silver linings that may exist just below the surface. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she honors our losses and uncovers and embraces the learning held within all of our experiences big, small, painful, or enlightening.

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Sunday, October 25 – Speak Your Mind

Can speaking our minds have disastrous consequences? What about the old adage of not talking about religion and/or politics being a good idea, does it still hold? When we do speak from our heart, does anyone really listen, or do we just tune out? Are truth-telling and authenticity truly an important skillset to cultivate for oneself and expect from one another, or does a person’s word really mean far less than it once did? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she wonders about the importance of what might be considered “old notions” of integrity and communication.

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Sunday, October 11 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day

We push forward to encourage the introduction of a holiday to replace Columbus Day. Can we atone, the white progeny of colonialist forebearers, for what has been perpetuated in the name of expansion? Let us consider the injustice that this country was built upon the backs of enslaved Native Americans, indentured European immigrants, African Slaves. Many worked to build this nation to then be excluded from the benefit of the expansion. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie as she wonders how the implications of our past have created the current climate in this country that will have ramifications on our future.

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Sunday, October 4 – Blessing of the Animals

Who was St Francis, and why would a Franciscan Nun claim to be a Unitarian Universalist? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she unpacks the beliefs of the Franciscan tradition in comparison to Unitarian Universalism. Please invite your non-human familiars for a blessing of the animals.

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Sunday, September 27 – Saving the Soul of the Nation

What does it mean to save the soul of a Nation? Is it possible to create a place of peace during a pandemic, devastating wildfires, and the hottest recorded temperatures on the planet? What does it take to save the soul of a Nation, or a people who inhabit a planet? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she considers competing ideals, agendas, and ambitions to “Keep America Great” and/or “Save the Soul of the Nation.”

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