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San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
25 minutes | 3 years ago
August 19, 2018 "What's So Radical About Hospitality and Inclusion?" Rev. Marisol Caballero
Description:"Radical" hospitality and "radical" inclusion are often-heard buzzwords in liberal religious circles and even the annual utopian experiment that is Burning Man. Where did this concept come from? What are the socio-religious origins of hospitality and inclusion? What makes practicing either more radical than the run-of-the-mill, old-fashioned hospitality and inclusion? What are the theological implications for UUs of such terms and practices? Rev. Marisol Caballero is a Tejana from Austin, lifelong Unitarian Universalist, and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary. She currently serves the Unitarian Universalist Association's Faith Development Office as Faith Innovation Specialist.
17 minutes | 3 years ago
August 12, 2018 "Hurry Up and Wait" Minister Krista Weber Huang
Sometimes life comes in fits and spurts. We’ve worked and pushed and focused nearly to the point of exhaustion and then suddenly we’re left waiting, feeling like nothing is happening. But is waiting really that passive? Let’s explore together this Sunday how we can make the most of this often frustrating rhythm of life as our new minister, Krista Weber Huang, introduces herself before going on maternity leave. Krista Weber Huang is our new minister! She'll be with us for the month of August then out on maternity leave, returning December 1st. She is a UU Candidate for Ministry and Meadville Lombard graduate who recently spent a year working as a Resident Hospital Chaplain in San Antonio, TX. She considers herself a life long learner who is excited by exploring how different disciplines intersect and how we can live out our UU values on a daily basis. In her free time she plays cooperative board games, engages in various forms of art and movement, and is a science fiction/fantasy fan. She and her spouse are excited to be expecting their first child in early September.
26 minutes | 3 years ago
August 5, 2018 “Caring About Truth: Part II” Rev. Karl Brown
In 2007 I gave a sermon for SMUUF, “Caring About Truth,” that countered the notion that people in power had the right to decide what the facts are, such as the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq We are now dealing with a President, Political Party, and fanbase that seem to care little about whether a statement is true or false and more about whether it is effective. Spinoza believed that most people cannot help but love truth. What does it mean, concretely and as a practical matter, to care about truth itself as distinct from merely the acquisition and exploitation of specific truths? How shall we deal with the sheer frequency of lying that is breaking news everyday? Rev. Karl Brown is a retired ordained United Methodist Minister. Most of his career was spent in ecumenical campus ministry, especially at Texas State University. Among the highlights of his career are: teaching university courses in religion; developing programs for faculty and students; working in missions to Mexico, Russia, and Vietnam; serving three terms on San Marcos City Council; speaking or teaching in a variety of settings such as at UT Austin, Protestant and Unitarian Churches, St. Mark's School of Wisdom, student retreats, clergy seminars, and Social Work classes. Formal education: B.S. in Chemistry (UT Austin); M.Th. (Perkins School of Theology - SMU); post-graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His family includes his wife, Dr. Karen Brown, four children, three in-laws, and four granddaughters.
24 minutes | 3 years ago
July 29, 2018 "Desperate Love" Rev. Valda Jean Combs
What kind of love would it take to give up everything you hold dear, leaving home and the comfort of the familiar to walk with both terror and temerity into the great unknown?
25 minutes | 3 years ago
July 22, 2018 "When All Else Fails, Retreat!" Rev. Betty Skwarek
If you are in a war, retreat means you are losing and need to back up. If you are at peace, retreat means going to a place of rest and rejuvenation. Such a difference! When we are overwhelmed by all that goes on around us, how do we find that place of peace that allows us to regroup for a better day. Rev. Betty Skwarek is a Community Minister affiliated with Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church in Cedar Park, Texas. Her work includes building an online ministry for underserved liberal individuals and congregations particularly those in rural areas, serving on the Board serving on the Board of Trustees and working as a Chaplain at U Bar U, and leading worship for area congregations.
24 minutes | 3 years ago
July 15, 2018 "Which Is Worst?" Rev. Marisol Caballero
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship July 15, 2018 A favorite comedy podcast of mine, Unhappy Hour, has a segment called, “Which is Worst.” (Poor grammar intended.) It’s a silly version of the game, “Would You Rather?,” yet from today’s headlines of national and global evils, I increasingly find myself wondering if we aren’t presented each day with a menu of: bad, worse, worst. Is it possible to have a faith-filled response without ruining our health, hardening our hearts, and abandoning hope?
18 minutes | 3 years ago
July 8, 2018 "Interdependence Day: Patriotism for Religious Liberals" Steve Brooks
For many, July 4 is a day for brass bands and bombs symbolically bursting in air. For others, grown up in the shadows from Vietnam to Iraq, it’s hard to embrace a rah-rah patriotism. What’s a patriotism for religious liberals, which holds America to her dreams without looking away from her nightmares? When religious and political fundamentalisms try to hijack America’s symbols, from Old Glory to the Constitution, how do we recapture the flag? Steve Brooks, professional singer/songwriter and charter member of Austin’s Wildflower Unitarian Universalist Church, who has been described as a “poet, protester, songwriter, activist, political satirist, and humorist”, brings his special blend of music and storytelling to SMUUF. A favorite in Austin folk clubs, at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and in UU pulpits, Steve preaches that we can change the world when we look at it from a different perspective, or as he poetically puts it - “A single new star rearranges a whole constellation.”
23 minutes | 3 years ago
July 1, 2018 "Church as Search for Harmony" Rev. Art Severance
Church, and religion I will argue, could be about a search for meaning, compassion, love and ultimately for a harmony of all humankind with one another and the idea of the Holy, however we define, think, or talk about it. Eastern religion, especially, speaks of it as crucial to a balance of life and certainly we seek it in music! I will explain why a 12 string guitar as more harmony than a 6 string. Rev. Art Severance, formerly minister of First UU Church in San Antonio, has also served UU congregations in Kirkland, OH, Boulder, CO; Stockton, CA; and Amherst, NY. After his recent retirement, he and his wife moved back to San Antonio to be near their three daughters and grandchildren who live there and in Austin. Art is also a gifted singer/songwriter and will provide the music, as well as preaching, for this service.
79 minutes | 3 years ago
June 17, 2018 "A Complex Fathers Day" Krista Weber Huang
Join Krista Weber Huang as we both celebrate Father's Day and remember the tragedy of the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC three years ago. We'll explore together the emotional and complex intersectionality of gender, race, culture, and genes in the nurture vs nature debate and how our UU faith call us to respond with open minds and open hearts. Krista Weber Huang is UU Candidate for Ministry who graduated from Meadville Lombard in 2016 and completed a year long Chaplain Residency at Baptist Health System in San Antonio, TX in late 2017. She is a life long learner who is excited by exploring how different disciplines intersect and how we can live out UU values on a daily basis. In her free time she plays cooperative board games, engages in various forms of art and movement, and is a science fiction/fantasy fan. She and her spouse are excited to be expecting their first child in September.
19 minutes | 3 years ago
April 8, 2018 "Whom You Would Change, First You Must Love..." Rev. Dr. Christine Tata
If we are dedicated to positive social change, and if we are also dedicated to freedoms of speech and thought, this directive is a provoking and difficult challenge: Whom you would change, you must first love. How do we love those who seem only to hate? And even if we do love them, how does that allow us to change their minds or their behavior? Let’s follow the prophetic voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the pastoral example of Dr. Viktor Frankl, and look together at the role of radical love in creating radical justice. The Rev. Dr. Christine Tata has been exploring progressive religion and spirituality for as long as she can remember. Starting from early childhood memories of First Unitarian Universalist Church in Dallas, she was ordained in the forward-looking United Church of Christ, serving UCC and UU congregations as minister and consultant for the past two decades. She now writes on platforms such as Medium (https://medium.com/@mct2051) and other forums, and she enjoys serving UU congregations as preacher and worship coach. In all her endeavors, she hopes to engage hearts, minds, and souls—and get people to laugh in church more.
11 minutes | 3 years ago
April 1, 2018 "Flower Power" Rev. Betty Skwarek
What do the flowers say? Ninety-five years have passed since the Reverend Norbert Capek introduced the Flower Communion to his Unitarian congregation in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Much has changed since then, but the Flower Communion continues. What started as a simple exchange of flowers has become a favorite celebration for Unitarian Universalists everywhere. Why has this ceremony thrived? What does it offer us today? Rev. Betty is the affiliated Community Minister at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church in Cedar Park, Texas. She leads worship for UU congregations, officiates weddings and other rites of passage, serves on the U Bar U Board of Trustees, and volunteers as a discussion leader with iAct. Her newest project is developing an online liberal religious resource for people who can't participate in a UU congregation.
19 minutes | 3 years ago
February 11, 2018 - "What It Takes To Soar" Rev. Pamela Wat
What is beyond the status quo or business-as-usual? What awesome possibilities can we imagine for ourselves, our community, and the world? Rev. Pamela Wat has served as the minister at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since 2010. She has a B.F.A. in Related Arts with a concentration in Dance from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Creative Arts/Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State University and a Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Denton, she served as a hospice and hospital Chaplain. She volunteers with OUTreach Denton, a program creating resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied people in Denton, and she offers her leadership to local interfaith efforts. Pam lives in Denton with her spouse Erik and their cats Happy and Ravioli and dog Clyde. Pam enjoys running, reading, and playing ukulele…but not all at once.
25 minutes | 3 years ago
February 4, 2018 - "And Let It Begin With Me" Amy DuBose
Everyone says, "but I'm only one person." Now, more than ever, this myth needs to be debunked. Together, we will explore how we can build a more peaceful and united world. It all begins with one. Amy DuBose has been a member of SMUUF since November of 2012. She has guest ministered at SMUUF before, as well as Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church in Cedar Park. In January of 2017, Amy moved to Bryan when she secured a new job there. Professionally, Amy works for the Bryan-College Station Regional Association of REALTORS, a not-for-profit trade organization for REALTORS. She and her husband Cody have been together for 15 years and have a 7 year old son named Cullen. She is very excited to be back at SMUUF with all of her friends!
21 minutes | 3 years ago
January 7, 2018 - "Carpe Diem Mañana" Rev. Art Severance
Carpe Diem sounds fine for the Type A personality, the minister or corporate giant as CEO, and him or her of the clean desk. But for us, deep down here in the heart of Texas, should we choose mañana and the desk of the creative mind as we look toward 2018? Rev. Art Severance, formerly minister of First UU Church in San Antonio, has also served UU congregations in Kirkland, OH, Boulder, CO; Stockton, CA; and Amherst, NY. After his recent retirement, he and his wife moved back to San Antonio to be near their three daughters and grandchildren who live there and in Austin. Art is also a gifted singer/songwriter and will provide the music, as well as preaching, for this service.
17 minutes | 3 years ago
December 24, 2017 - "An Unapologetic Merry Christmas!" Rev. Phil Mason
Might there be a way for everyone to embrace the spirit of love? The Rev. Phil C. Mason is a native of Austin, Texas and a graduate of The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in the class of 1996. He was ordained in the Diocese of Colorado and served there as priest and rector for 13 years. On retirement in 2009 he and his wife Susan moved back to Texas and built a home near San Marcos and Wimberley. Since returning “home” Rev. Mason has served as Interim Rector at Grace Episcopal Church, Llano, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brady. Obviously Phil have flunked retirement and continues to serve as “supply clergy” throughout the diocese.
54 minutes | 3 years ago
December 17, 2017 "Each night a child is born is a holy night"
The children of SMUUF design and deliver their own complete service, complete with a dedication of three children (with a little help from DRE Laura Haygood and friends).
39 minutes | 3 years ago
December 10, 2017 - Rev. Valda Jean Combs "Let Her Live"
"Let Her Live," based on Exodus 1 in the Hebrew Bible, where the midwives acted as revolutionaries to save the babies. The Rev. Valda Jean Combs is an ordained Baptist minister and pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in Tomball, Texas. Her activism in the wake of the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police; on behalf of reproductive justice for women and responsible sex education, and as an ally for LGBTQ people is proof of a wide-ranging appreciation for the dignity of every member of the beloved community.
14 minutes | 3 years ago
December 3, 2017 - Rev. Michael Nelson Miller "To Pluck Up and Pull Down"
Based upon an obscure passage from the Book of Jeremiah in the Hebrew Bible, our sermon is essentially inspired by the proposed "border wall," and is about all of the border walls in our lives. Rev. Michael Nelson Miller presently teaches Mexican Cultural History in the Honors College at Texas State and serves as the pastor at La Iglesia Presbiteriana Mexicana San Marcos, generally called Memorial Presbyterian. Mike was the campus pastor at Texas State for eight years and before that was a professor at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and before that Synod Executive for higher education working with our Presbyterian Colleges, Trinity in SA, Austin College, University of Tulsa and three others. Mike has a PhD in Mexican Cultural History. Rev. Miller is married to Ellen and they have two children: Nelson, a Federal Agent in El Paso and Sarah, a vice president at Arcadia, a Dutch company in Denver. He has been in the SMUUF pulpit many times, and we warmly welcome him back.
11 minutes | 3 years ago
November 26, 2017 - Lee Legault, UU Seminary Student "Friendly Silence"
What can the Religious Society of Friends teach us about a beloved community of blessed silence and mysticism at its most unassuming? What can we learn about ourselves when we listen for the spark of the Divine within each of us? We will explore the Quaker faith and experience an abbreviated Quaker listening service. Come and reconnect with the still, small voice within. Lee Legault practiced law for fifteen years in the areas of civil litigation and appeals before realizing she was called to be a different kind of counselor. She is now a Unitarian Universalist ministerial aspirant, working on a double masters in divinity and social work through Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Texas.
24 minutes | 3 years ago
November 19, 2017 - Rev. Marisol Caballero "Running Through Red Lights In Hell"
Winston Churchill is fabled to have said, "If you're going through Hell, keep going." Where do we find what keeps us going through difficult times? How do we know when to "keep going" and when to pause? Rev. Marisol Caballero is a Tejana from Austin, lifelong Unitarian Universalist, and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary. She currently serves the Unitarian Universalist Association's Faith Development Office as Faith Innovation Specialist. Within UU circles, Marisol serves on the Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) Executive Committee, most recently co-creating and organizing the Global Majorities Collective, a project that intends to create a distinct UU People of Color religio-cultural expression. She has also co-founded the Central Texas UUs of Color group that meets monthly and co-facilitates a small group People of Color ministry in connection with The Church of the Larger Fellowship. Within her local community, Marisol is also a co-founder of W.M.E.N. (Women Ministers' Empowerment Network), an organization of progressive clergywomen of color in Central Texas, serves on the board of Just Texas, an interfaith reproductive justice advocacy group, and is an active member of the Austin Justice Coalition.
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