Speaker: Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof

UUCS Minister

The Infant Ape: Mind Blowing Ideas Series Part 1

This will be the first in a seven-part monthly series on mind blowing ideas, beginning with the biological concept known as neoteny. Neoteny is the tendency of some species to retain juvenile characteristics throughout their entire lives. Humans are among the most neotenous species in the history of Life.

To Become Worthy of What Happens to Us

Philosopher Gilles Deleuze believed the purpose of life and ethics is to become able to be reborn in confronting the challenging events of our lives. In this message, we’ll explore how this becomes possible.

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

As we return to in-person services after more than a year of isolation, it would be appropriate to consider all the good that is happening in our world today. The half empty cup is also half full, so let’s take this momentous occasion to celebrate the fullness and richness of our lives.

The Non-Anxious Community: How Genuine Love Triumphs Over Sadomasochistic Societies

Some have said the tension between freedom and belonging is the fundamental source of human anxiety. Many attempt to cope with this tension through unhealthy power dynamics that leave some in positions of authority and others as their willing followers. Healthy communities and individuals, on the other hand, are based upon mutual respect and care. In this sermon, we’ll go deeper into what this does and doesn’t look like.

Trekkie Todd: Indulging My Star Trek Obsession

Despite being a devout Star Trek fan, I have only ever given one sermon about the iconic TV series, during which I said it would be my last. Yet, the ethics and hopes inspired by this science fiction phenomenon, which millions like me have integrated into our lives, are as relevant today as ever. So I will indulge my obsession once again to talk about how the crew of the Starship Enterprise continues to inspire and influence my life here on Earth.

2020 Hindsight: Looking Back at Some of the Best Things about 2020

2020 was a tumultuous year given the contentious Presidential Election and the global pandemic that has kept many of us isolated for months. Yet humanity’s steady progress in some arenas did not slow during this period, including the advance of digital communications and the medical technologies that held us together and brought us numerous vaccines at lightning speed. In this sermon, we’ll consider some of the positive advances many are likely to have missed during this historic year.