The Sin of Missing the Point

The Old English word from which “sin” derives means “wrongdoing,” but the Hebrew idea of sin, which our society’s notion is thought to be rooted in, means “missing the mark.” Instead of considering sin an ontological evil, a thing we are born with that has a physical existence in our genes, let’s consider what it means to think of sin as a consequence of our repeated mistakes.

Remaining Enlightened in an Age of Endarkenment

We are living at the beginning of a new age of Endarkenment, although our religion, in particular, is founded upon Enlightenment principles of the 17th century, stemming from the Renaissance period, rooted in Antiquity. Endarkenment requires shutting out the light, which means our religion, like other once Liberal institutions, is threatened because its principles are considered threatening. Ours can no longer be a religion of ease and convenience. It is a religion that takes courage if it is to truly remain our religion.

Todd Off: Archived Online Service

Rev. Eklof is off. We will not have a guest speaker at this time due to COVID-19 but will have a recommended service from our online archive. Or you can browse the church YouTube channel to make your own choice from archived services.

Irshad Manji: A Shared Service with UU Church of Salem, Oregon

We’re excited about this singular opportunity to participate in an online (Zoom) service with our friends at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Salem (also UUCS) to hear a special message from the courageous and controversial writer, Irshad Manji, author of The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith (2003) and Don’t Label Me: How to Do Diversity without Inflaming the Culture Wars, among other works. Manji has suffered the consequences of both her courageous and compassionate voice that truly speaks in the name of inclusion and our common humanity. On this special day, please keep in mind that this 90-minute service will begin at 10:30 a.m.