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The theme for September is “Courage”
“Without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue consistently. You can’t be consistently fair or generous or forgiving or any of those without courage.” – Maya Angelou
“Turning” | Rev. Julia Hamilton
Yom Kippur (on September 30) is perhaps the most important holiday on the Jewish calendar. Part of Yom Kippur is the idea of Teshuva – the opportunity for repentance. Teshuva means “turning” – turning away from transgressions, turning towards goodness and reconciliation. It takes great courage to truly make amends when things have gone wrong, but Yom Kippur reminds us that we all have the opportunity to begin again.
“Breaking with Tradition” | Rev. Julia Hamilton
Columbus Day is being cast aside. Indigenous People’s Day is on the rise. Our stories are changing! It takes courage to cast off old stories, to shift from what we’ve been taught toward a more painful, and yet more truthful, understanding of our past. How can we navigate with integrity through this time of reexamination and relearning?
Join the Tribal Trust Foundation and Mayor Helene Schneider in Parish Hall at 12:30 p.m. for an official declaration of Indigenous People’s Day in Santa Barbara and to learn more about the history of this day.
“Confronting Violence” | Rev. Julia Hamilton
The Unitarian Universalist tradition has always struggled with the question of nonviolence. In our work for social change, there has been a centuries-long conversation about when and how violent actions may be justified in response to unjust systems. This tension is alive and well today. On this Sunday, the anniversary of John Brown’s revolt at Harper’s Ferry 158 years ago, let us reflect on our own commitments to nonviolence in the midst of a violent world.
“Courage: The Heart of the Matter” | Rev. Caitlin Cotter Coillberg
The root of the word courage is the Latin word for heart- “cor”. On this Sunday we’ll explore courage as a heart word and what it takes for us to live from our hearts in a heartbreaking world.
“TBA” | TBA