Czech Unitarian Norbert Čapek created the Flower Communion as a simple ritual, free from orthodox baggage, and a time to celebrate our common values and shared commitments. Bring a flower from your garden or elsewhere to contribute to the altar/focal point display. ESUC Annual Congregational … read more.
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Furrer
Everything you ever wanted to hear from the minister, but were afraid to ask. Please bring to a 3” X 5” card to the service (or get one there) with a question for the Minister, Stephen Furrer. Question Cards will be picked up partway through … read more.
Rev. Furrer’s Mothers Day tribute to mothers and all who practice kindly and nurturing motherly behavior.
Touches and Songs”
May 12, 2019
My title this morning derives
from memories of my own Mother. She had a beautiful voice and my earliest
memories include those of her singing as she attended … read more.
Reverend Furrer doing what he can to unpack the kernel of Universalism.
“The Common Good: What’s In It for Me?”
I want to talk about early Universalism, which came to North
America in the mid-1700s. To get a little perspective, let us begin by
considering what else was … read more.
Rev. Furrer preaches on the Transcendentalist Unitarian Henry David Thoreau and his legacy.
Insofar as God is knowable it’s in the direct unmediated experience of nature.
H.D. Thoreau (1817-1862) Surveyor,
pencil maker, activist, writer, and all around iconoclast. HDT praised simplicity and staying put. He walked everywhere. … read more.
A Unitarian Universalist understanding of the death and resurrection symbolism found in the Easter story.
Today is Easter. Among orthodox
Christians, Easter is the most important day of the year, celebrating Jesus’
bodily resurrection into heaven. Death and resurrection are central to orthodox
theology and call for … read more.
This morning Reverend Furrer will preach about Passover. Passover begins on Friday evening, April 19 at dusk and continues for eight days; it’s one of Judaism’s major holidays and it’s probably the origin of Christianity’s Last Supper. What does it teach Unitarian Universalists today?
“The Spring, … read more.
A whimsical look at the scientific study to determine the world’s funniest joke. Holly House vote following worship.
“What’s So Funny?”
March 24, 2019
I want to preach this morning on humor. As an intern minister
in San Francisco years ago my mentor was the Reverend David O. Rankin. … read more.
Eric Lane Barnes has been Interim Music Director for over a year. The Personnel Committee and the Board of Trustees join with our Developmental Minister in formally installing him as ESUC’s third Director of Music. Special guests include Eric’s predecessor Bob Kechley and his colleague, … read more.
Eric Lane Barnes leads this service filled with joyful music! Send your favorite hymns (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Rev. Furrer preaches on what pursuing excellence here at ESUC would require of us going forward… and the manifold benefits it will generate for both our membership and the greater Bellevue community.
March 3, 2019
Mohandas Gandhi once made a list of
what he called The Seven … read more.
Rev. Furrer preaches on Taoism’s Middle Way. With notes on the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin twenty-five years ago, the poetry of Robert Frost and Jack Kerouac, and Aristotle’s Golden Mean.
“Restoring Balance in Religious, Civic, and Personal Life”
Restoring Balance in Personal,
Religious, and Civic … read more.
Rev. Furrer preaches on how not to commit suicide. On beating the mid-winter blues. Health and sanity in the midst of darkness and gloom.
“From Hopelessness to Hope”
February 17, 2019
of year can be depressing for some people. The avalanche of snow over the last
nine days … read more.
Rev. Furrer will be drawing several themes together in an effort to help members and friends draw together and move forward together as the congregation decides what you’re going to do about Holly House and how you’re going to celebrate that decision.
Our March Second Sunday … read more.
Unitarian Universalists’ promise and prospects for building beloved community in the days and months ahead. Notes on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. Please note, the 11:00 a.m. service is a multigenerational service also focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Have … read more.