Laura Gossman

Rev. Pearson’s Spiritual Path to Universalism

Pentecostal Bishop Carlton Pearson’s conversion to Universalism cost him almost everything, but his faith remained strong. We’ll share his journey, recently documented on the “This American Life” podcast and in the Netflix movie “Come Sunday.” Service leader Laura Gossman. A youth RE program and childcare are available during the service, and refreshments and conversation follow. Everyone is welcome!

Changing the Words: Jason Shelton Responds in Love

In response to painful feelings of exclusion expressed by UU’s living with disabilities, UU music minister, Jason Shelton, changed the title and words of of his well know song “Standing on the Side of Love” to be more inclusive. The UUA followed Shelton’s lead by changing the name of its interfaith social justice program of the same name to “Side With Love.” Words have power. We can unknowingly make someone already made to feel invisible by our culture feel even more invisible by our language and metaphor. But does getting hung up on metaphors distract us from efforts to truly improve accessibility and inclusion?  And how far do we go? A time for discussion will follow the presentation. A youth RE program and childcare are available during the service, and refreshments and conversation follow. Everyone is welcome!

Earth Day 2018 – The World Within Us

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 simply air? We are of the earth, and the earth is in us.  “What we do to each other and to our world, we do to ourselves.” During this service we’ll explore that statement, and the ambiguity and paradox we face when we try to apply it in our day to day lives when we try to figure out how to live in ways that respect the interdependent web of all existence, and when we try to figure out ways to help protect our precious earth. Click on the service title for a link to the full presentation text.

Let it go… (say what?!)

Everyone is encouraged to bring a can of soup or other non-perishable food items to donate to Food for Thought to help fill weekend food bags distributed to school children in Natrona County.

Discussion Forum: Kindness

Laura Gossman will facilitate a discussion forum on the monthly worship theme of “Kindness.” Deliberately practicing kindness syncs well with Unitarian Universalism’s emphasis on “deeds, not creeds.” We’ll explore our current culture’s ambiguities surrounding kindness, and reflect on why we should and how we can behave more kindly.

Whose Right of Conscience Matters More, Mine or Yours?

This morning, we will be talking about our fifth UU principle, by which we covenant to affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and the society at large. we’ll be exploring questions like Whose Right of Conscience Matters More, Mine or Yours?, What responsibilities does … Continued

Does the Arc of the Universe Bend Toward Justice?

Theodore Parker, 19th century Unitarian minister, preached that the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, and Dr. Martin Luther King often repeated this claim during his sermons. But who or what makes it bend? This service discusses the book “The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People,” by Michael Shermer, and it’s … Continued