Speaker: Bob Patrick

Free and Responsible: Please Check Your Prepositions

In American-speak, the words “freedom” and “responsibility” have been reduced to a kind of viral individualism.  Freedom means “what I am free to do.” Responsibility means “what I have to take care of–and none of that is any of your business.”  In this service … read more.

Zen Tenebrae Good Friday Service

In Buddhist tradition, Zen is a way of entering into the experience of another and finding peace in the unity of being with that other. In Christian tradition, the Tenebrae service invites us to enter into the experience of the final hours of the … read more.

Practicing Letting Go

In this service we will reflect on how suffering arises in our lives and consider some practices for letting go so that we may continue on our life’s journey.

Bob Patrick, Service Leader

Cultivating Peace for a New Year

“Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders . . .  To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life.  They are within us and all around us, everywhere, any time.”   These are … read more.

The Cauldron of Vocation

Sorrow and joy often appear in our culture, sometimes even in Unitarian Universalist worships services, as binary opposites. Whether we mean to or not, we speak and act at times as if when there is sorrow there can be no joy and when there is … read more.

Beloved Communities Tell Powerful Stories

Recent brain research correlated across 11 academic fields shows us not only how important stories and storytelling are to being human but, in fact, that story is the organizing principle of the human brain.  In this service we will explore the kinds of stories a … read more.

Justice: Inherent, Implied, and Imbedded

Isn’t the work of social justice stand-alone work?  Isn’t social justice a special concerns area that sometimes a few folks are called to attend?  What if I don’t feel called to social justice work – does it have anything to do with me?

Bob Patrick, Service … read more.

All is Welcome Here – To What?

In this service, can we agree to enter into a time of deep inquiry with one another?  Can we create a space safe enough to ask some probing questions about ourselves as a community of faith?  When we say each week as we do, “you … read more.

When You Open the Window, What Do You Expect?

Even in people of color majority communities like Gwinnett County, GA, social and power structures still default to the expectations of white people.  In this service, we will prayerfully and intentionally examine some of the elements of this default and what it means to be … read more.

Good Friday: Zen Tenebrae

Zen, in the Buddhist tradition, is the Japanese word for something like this: Directly pointing at one’s heart, seeing one’s nature, becoming Buddha.

Tenebrae is the Latin for “shadows” and is the name of the service traditionally held on Good Friday, the day that Jesus was … read more.