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Rejoicing and Dreaming

UUCSF Board members, February 5, 2012 To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread.– James Baldwin Dreams are the touchstones of … Continue reading

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The Courage to Change

Rev. Alison Cornish, January 22, 2012 There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position and be bruised in a new place.– Washington Irving No … Continue reading

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A Multitude of Covenants

The Rev. Alison Cornish, January 8, 2012.There is no life apart from one another… The question is not whether we are social, connected beings. That is a given.  The question is how we shape our modes of being with one another and with the sources that uphold and sustain life.– Rebecca … Continue reading

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How Is It That We Are Evolving?

The Rev. Alison Cornish and Dr. John Andrews (A sermon in celebration of Evolution Sunday, January 31, 2010) Alison: For the third year in a row, John and I are honoring a national celebration of “Evolution Weekend.” We have used these services to explore the intersection of religion and science. In … Continue reading

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The Origins of Belief

Stuart Lowrie Sunday, May 3, 2009 –  It comes as no surprise that humans can be remarkably resistant to new ideas or beliefs. Sir Winston Churchill put it thusly: “People occasionally stumble across the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday: Visiting with Jesus

The Rev. Alison Cornish Sunday, April 12, 2009 –  Now, I don’t know if it happened this way or not, but I know this story is true. – A Native American storyteller’s start to a story … “Visiting with Jesus” The Rev. Alison Cornish I had a dream a while … Continue reading

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Why Questions About Darwin Just Won’t Go Away

The Rev. Alison Cornish and John Andrews Feb 22, 2009 –  I was a young man with uninformed ideas. I threw out queries, suggestions, wondering all the time over everything; and to my astonishment the ideas took like life like wildfire. People made a religion of them. – Charles Darwin Alison: Today … Continue reading

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The Delicate Dance of Religion and Science

The Rev. Alison Cornish and John Andrews Feb 10, 2008 –  Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. – Albert Einstein Opening Words (Robert Terry Weston) Out of the stars in their flight, out of the dust of eternity, here have we come, stardust and sunlight, mingling through time … Continue reading

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We Covenant As…

The Rev. Alison Cornish October 14, 2007 –  Can two walk together except they be agreed? – Amos, 3.3 Yes and no. – UU Historian Conrad Wright “We need to be ready… We need to be ready …!” These are the words of our denomination’s president, the Rev. William Sinkford, as the … Continue reading

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What’s for Dinner?

The Rev. Alison Cornish September 30, 2007 But we have only begun to love the earth. We have only begun to imagine the fullness of life. How could we tire of hope? So much is in the bud. from ‘Candles in Babylon,’ Denise Levertov Opening Words (Max Coots) Let us … Continue reading

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