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Earth Day 2018 – The World Within Us

Laura Gossman

In this Earth Day Service, we will explore our 7th Principle, the interconnected web of all existence of which we are a part. We inhale, and exhale, again and again countless times every day.  Inhale…at what point does air become breath? Exhale…when does breath become air? We are of the earth, and the earth is in us. Can we achieve a greater understanding of the statement “What we do to our world, we do to ourselves,” and can that understanding help us change how we live day to day?


My arrival at UU Casper was very synchronistic. I had been extremely wounded by the Christian church and unable to set foot in any establishment that remotely resembled a church.

First, I first heard UU mentioned in a book called, “Ahab’s Wife,” by Sena Jeter Naslund. Later, I heard some 15 second commercials about UU Casper on the radio. Then, I was talking to an uncle whom I only have contact with about once a year, and he said, “Maybe you should give a different church a try…”

All of these things combined kept whispering to me, “Unitarian Universalists.” I drove by their building and noticed it didn’t have the word “church” on the sign. Rather it says, “community.” One Sunday I went. That was a year ago. I found a place I belong. It’s truly a community rather than a church. UU Casper is my safe place, a place to heal.