Speaker: Rev. Bryan Plude

Accepting Ourselves and Saving the World

The Christian concepts of original sin and flawed humanity have deep roots in our culture, affecting our individual concept of self and so much else. UU minister Yadenee Hailu, in her Earth Day sermon, said “hurt bodies, hurt bodies,” or alternately, injured persons lash out. … read more.

Acceptance and Moral Ambiguity

How are we called to be accepting when the answers are not clear? A federal appeals court recently upheld a law in Ohio making it illegal for doctors to perform abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. This ruling poses a dilemma for … read more.

This Is Our Home

In the early days of the pandemic, after the world shut down, it was hard not to notice cleaner air; we could hear birdsong previously lost in city noise. In the rush to resume normal life, will we forget to be mindful? Will we forget … read more.

How Do We Practice Radical Love?

This East Sunday, join us to explore how Jesus’ message applies to us and the mission of this church. On the Sunday after Jesus was crucified, the women who were closest to him saw and felt his presence. Later others did, too. Jesus’ felt presence … read more.

Window on Respect

Respect is often seen as deference to status or hierarchy. Alternately, respect can foster symmetry, empathy, and connection. This is what Joseph Jordan may have felt when he became the first Black Universalist minister in 1889. This may be what Luis McGee felt in 1961 … read more.

Respect and the Home

“We abuse the land because we see it as a commodity,” wrote the great conservationist Aldo Leopold. We abuse each other because we see the “other” as not part of our community. Only when we expand our notion of what is “home,” will we treat … read more.

The Shy Soul

Parker Palmer speaks of the soul as a wild animal, shy, keeping itself hidden. To see a wild animal, we must wait patiently and quietly, and be prepared to look from the corners of our eyes. We are not talking about the Christian concept of … read more.

Love Mercy

“Love mercy,” said the prophet Micah in the Hebrew Bible. The one who showed mercy was the neighbor, said Jesus to his disciples, after telling the parable of the good Samaritan. To be merciful is often not an easy nor a safe choice. How are … read more.

Offering Consolation

We are all connected. Our own wellbeing depends on the wellbeing of all. How can our church community contribute to the wellbeing of our Chico Community? We will explore our housing crisis and a plan for action. Worship Associate – Megan Johnson, Music – Mary … read more.

Maintaining Hope

In a time when Progress, the mantra of Enlightenment thinking, seems increasingly mythological, how do we maintain hope? Spiritual leaders throughout the ages have sustained hope through spiritual practice, cultivating compassion, giving thanks and often, a sense of humor. Worship Leader Rev. Bryan Plude, … read more.