Rev. Bryan Jessup

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

This will be a service of music, mystery and magic. The old story of Christmas will be told. Out of the darkness, light will come forth. And many tired old hearts will be softened and re-opened to the simple joy of being alive.

Wisdom of Winter

Unitarian Universalists, along with many other people, most frequently find renewal for their spirit in the natural world. Taking walks in the spring, summer and fall is not uncommon. But winter is an equally beautiful and necessary time in the natural world. In this time … read more.

Give Chalica a Chance

Among Unitarian Universalists a new practice for the winter holiday season is emerging. During the first week in December many UUs and UU families focus on one of our UU Principles every day for a week. They light a candle and talk with one another … read more.

A Journey from Grumpy to Grateful

An intergenerational bread and grape communion will be the starting point for this Thanksgiving service. It will then involve an intentional calming of our hearts and examination of our lives taking time to notice all of the beauty and goodness that surrounds us, even in … read more.

Courage America, Courage!

After months of intense effort the time of the 2018 mid-term election has finally arrived. Of course people need to vote and encourage others to vote as well. But after the election we will still need to apply intense effort to create the world we … read more.

Imagination!

As Halloween and the Fellowship’s Halloween Festival approach they offer people an opportunity to consider the role of imagination in human life. Often we get trapped in a narrow, materialistic mindset. Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling points out that it’s pretty easy to become a … read more.

We are Building a New Way

Unitarian Universalism in the United States is relatively young as religions go. Both Unitarians and Universalists got their start in this country in the early 1800s, and since their associations joined together in 1961 their approach has continued to evolve.

The point of Unitarian Universalism today … read more.

To Begin Again

For Jews, the new year begins in the fall. This works well for many of us in the Northern hemisphere because, after summer activities, many of our schedules – including the schedules of religious communities – return to “normal” in September. In the Jewish tradition … read more.

Honoring Human Labor

Everyone works. Some people get paid. The problem is that many people who do not get paid are then discounted, scorned and left without resources. The first principle of Unitarian Universalism calls us to honor the worth and dignity of every person. As a society … read more.