Reflections Archive

The Promise of Unitarian Universalism, Part II


November 22, 2023

Open-heartedness, curiosity, humility—these are the affective conditions, the givens that Unitarian Universalism calls forth from each of us. They are the DNA of the Six Sources and the Eight Principles, they are integral to the...

The Promise of Unitarian Universalism, Part I

Category: Humanism / Speaker: Rev. Rita Capezzi
November 15, 2023

We shall love our crooked neighbors with our crooked hearts, imperfect in our identities, in our understanding, in our compassion. But we will love, within the ultimate promise of Unitarian Universalism—that everything is holy now,...

To Know Where You’re Going, Know Where You’ve Been—Part II

Category: Humanism / Speaker: Rev. Rita Capezzi
October 24, 2023

As Unitarian Universalists, we come together, maybe not as tranquil streams exactly, to build a free church—free of narrow doctrine and narrow minds, free from a social status quo that repeats oppressions of the past,...

To Know Where You’re Going, Know Where I’ve Been—Part I

Category: Humanism / Speaker: Rev. Rita Capezzi
October 18, 2023

The end. It’s the end. Of something, I don’t know what. Maybe you know? It’s the end of something—a period of time, a familiar way of doing things, the presence of a beloved face here...

Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Category: Gratitude / Speaker: Rev. Rita Capezzi
October 18, 2023

It’s the eve of your Thanksgiving Day. For me, it is the eve of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, still Columbus Day for some Americans. You have your own traditions and stories about thanksgiving, inspired by colonization...

Getting To Know Us

Category: Humanism / Speaker: Rev. Rita Capezzi
October 18, 2023

Somehow, some way, I don’t know how it happened but over the last 62 years I have grown old. I have grown old, can you imagine. I am grayer than I thought possible. My right...

Water Ceremony and Ingathering


September 14, 2023

September 10, 2023 –  Rev. Rita Capezzi Water Ceremony and Ingathering I crossed water to be with you today—I crossed the Niagara River. I crossed the Credit River. And the Jordan Harbour and 18 Mile...