We have Sunday services at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Theme for February : Resilience
“Falling down is a part of life. Getting back up is living.” – José N. Harris
“Upkeep” | Rev. Julia Hamilton
The artist Werner Herzog points out that nothing lasts forever on its own: “Eternity depends on whether people are willing to take care of something.” Things only survive if they are attended to – houses and buildings, friendships, even our own bodies and spirits rely upon ongoing care. Cultivating resilience takes ongoing maintenance.
“All Kinds of Love” | Rev. Julia Hamilton
Love, in all its many expressions, sustains us through good times and hard times. It keeps our hearts resilient and opens us up to connection with each other and the world. On this Sunday before Valentine’s Day, let us celebrate, with poetry and music and reflection, the many ways love is found and lost and found again. Love isn’t all you need, but it’s a good place to start.
“Toxic Positivity” | Ministerial Intern Nic Filzen
Sometimes “grin and bear it” becomes self-destructive. Sometimes too much “Be positive! You got this!” can be toxic. Sometimes resilience is overrated.
“Punching Up” | Rev. Julia Hamilton
It’s Mardi Gras season! Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” the day before Ash Wednesday in the Christian tradition. It’s the last chance to celebrate and indulge before the seriousness of Lent begins. Satire, and a reversal of the traditional order of society, are a fundamental part of the festivities. This Sunday we’ll bring a little bit of New Orleans fun to Santa Barbara.