Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Furrer

Synesthesia

An attempt , first, to weave together notes on Hanukkah, Christmas, and breakthrough moments of deep insight engendering total esthetic synthesis: what the French poet Charles Baudelaire called synesthesia. And secondly, a little something about the Unitarian poet ee cummings as preface to excerpts from … read more.

The Legacy of Thanksgiving

What, if anything, does the story of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving tell us about the emerging America, both of 1621 and of 2018: nearly four hundred years later but confronted with many of the same seemingly intractable issues. Reverend Furrer, descended from four of those … read more.

Racism and Its Effects

Recognizing that all oppressions are connected, Rev. Furrer will preach this morning about one in particular: racism. The Unitarian Universalist Association has made a committed effort since 1992 to study how race has effected our movement—and us as members of that movement—and to take concrete … read more.

Divine Diwali

The Hindu holiday of Diwali provides a lens through which to view and contemplate the many salient issues at play in the upcoming election on November 6.

“Divine Dawali”

I want to preach this morning on the upcoming election. The New England divines who more or less … read more.

The Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and the people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. Congregants are encouraged to bring pictures and favorite articles of their friends and family members who have died to be put on a colorful makeshift ofrenda in the … read more.

The Fellowship Movement

Part 1 of Rev. Stephen Furrer’s History of ESUC will focus on the state of Unitarianism in the years immediately following World War II and how Rev. Lon Ray Call (ESUC’s first Minister) launched this congregation—and over a hundred others across the USA.

 

“The Fellowship Movement”

Between … read more.

The Value of Ritual

Rev. Furrer talks about what we are—or should be—about and outlines some of the changes he will be making in our weekly Order of Service.

“The Value of Ritual”

September 30, 2018

Whenever I think about ritual, I think of Rabbi Jerome Molino of Danbury, CT. I’ve mentioned … read more.

Four Components of a Healthy Church

Rev. Furrer outlines what he considers to be the four, interlocking foci of healthy, dynamic congregations: worship & the celebration of life, caring community, religious education, and ethical reflection & moral action.

After 11:00 a.m. worship, join Rev. Furrer for a talkback to discuss this sermon … read more.

Embracing Our Salmon Spirit

Among the Northwest Indians and those who value their wisdom and sensitivity regarding the Interdependent Web, the Native Salmon Symbol symbolizes abundance, fertility, prosperity, and renewal. Join Reverend Furrer and the rest of ESUC as we begin our church year. Followed by ESUC’s annual Salmon … read more.

The Call of Service

A sermon on the value of seriously contributing one’s time and energy for the betterment and uplift of others—and how that is central to Unitarian Universalism.

 

“The Call of Service”

September 2, 2018

I want to talk this morning about service; about the value of contributing one’s time … read more.