The Three Essential Prayers: Help, Thanks, Wow


In her book HELP. THANKS. WOW: The Three Essential Prayers, Anne Lamott speaks of prayer as “Communication from the heart to that which surpasses understanding. Prayer is taking a chance that against all odds and past history, we are loved and chosen, and do not have to get it together before we show up. The […]

God continues to call us (week 1)

Three members of UCUP share what God is doing in their life in the midst of the pandemic. Today’s speakers include: Dawn Foreman, Angie Wolle, Kathleen Kenna

God continues to call us (week 2)

Three members of UCUP share what God is doing in their life in the midst of the pandemic. Today’s speakers include: Pamela Maddess, Chris Berry, Judy Thierry.

Waters of New Life


We are in the liturgical season of Epiphany, when we are to experience the manifestation and light of God breaking into the world. On that morning, I awoke to the news of an historic election of the first African American senator and the first Jewish senator out of GA. Later on that holy day of […]

Let your Servant depart in Peace


SCRIPTURELuke 2:22-40 When the time came for their ritual cleansing, in accordance with the Law from Moses, they brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.  It’s written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord.” They offered a sacrifice in keeping with what’s stated […]

Christmas Eve meditation


    Our sacred scriptures offer two stories about the birth of Jesus. We tend to conflate the gospels of Matthew and Luke, especially in our manger scenes and our Christmas pageants. It’s good to honor and savor both. Jewish scholar Amy Jill Levine writes that “Each Evangelist has different concerns to be shared with […]

O Antiphons: O Come Thou Dayspring & O Come Desire of Nations


  Numbers 24:16 “I see Him, but not yet; I behold Him, but only faintly in the distance. A Star will come out of Jacob; a Scepter will rise out of Israel.” Psalm 139:11-12 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” even the darkness is not […]

O Antiphons: O Come thou Wisdom & O Come Adonai/LORD


This year for Advent we are exploring the ancient liturgy that is known as “The Great O Antiphons”.  You may have never heard this strange title before, but most of you are familiar with the hymn we sing during Advent every year, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”. We rarely sing ALL seven verses, but if […]