Rev. Jim Magaw

What We Need Is Here

It has been said that, if all of the earth’s resources were shared fairly and equitably, there would be more than enough for all. Is the same true of our spiritual lives? Is there enough for us and for all others? If so, how do we experience this sense of having what we need and … Continued

Why ‘Not Racist’ Is Not Enough

In his seminal work, “How to Be an Antiracist,” Ibram X. Kendi puts forth the idea that merely being “not racist” is not enough if we are serious about equity and justice for all. In this service we’ll explore why being “not racist” isn’t enough and what to do instead.

Water Is Life: Solidarity & Indigenous Activism

The Water Protector movement and other indigenous resistance movements provide not only a useful model for environmental activism and environmental justice, but also a spiritual and religious grounding that can inform and sustain this crucially important work.

How to Pray

Prayer means different things to different people. What does it mean to Unitarian Universalist, both historically and contemporarily? Are there ways of praying that might be different from more traditional and orthodox approaches to prayer? What might they look like, and why is prayer worth thinking about?

Rhythms of Life

If we have learned anything in the last year and half, it’s that we never really know what’s coming next, either in the world at large or in our lives as individuals. Whatever our plans might be, life marches on, following the beat of its own drummer. How do we participate in the rhythms of … Continued

F-Words, Part 2: Forbearance

This year we will be examining the concept and practice of covenant from a variety of perspectives. This week’s service will focus on historic Unitarian and Universalist covenants and how they might provide some helpful perspective on our current challenges and how we might live in a covenantal way here and now.

Possibility Under Pressure

Dealing with pandemic-related challenges, political chaos, economic uncertainty, and any number of personal issues, all of us are feeling some degree of stress and pressure. How can we cope with this pressure in such a way that it leaves us open to new possibilities?  Welcome Back! This service will be outside on the Sunnyhill Grounds … Continued

Stories and Songs of Labor

In celebration of Labor Day weekend, we’ll be singing songs about work and about the American labor movement as we reflect on the meaning and nature of work. In what ways have working conditions improved and in what ways have things started to regress? And what can be done to improve work for all?

What Is Unitarian Universalism?

Unitarian Universalism is sometimes wrongly described as not having its own theology. Although it’s true that there is a great deal of theological diversity within our congregations, we do have our own unique theology—both historically and contemporarily. This service will provide an overview of Unitarian Universalist theology and why it is important to us and … Continued

Going for Bronze

There’s something about winning third-place in a race or other competition that feels better than coming in second-place. As might have been noticed during this summer’s Olympics, bronze medal-winners are almost always happier than silver medal-winners. This service will explore this phenomenon as it relates to the concept of grace and how it plays out … Continued