Speaker: Susan Kaphammer

Living With Intention

All around us this first month of the year, we are often reminded to create goals and imagine who we might become. But there is, perhaps, a big difference between becoming better and becoming ourselves. Today’s service, by Susan Kaphammer from the Soul Matters materials, asks us to consider … read more.

Choosing Joy, Part 2

This time of year we are urged to feel and spread joy, but these superficial messages are often in the service of merchandising.  In a follow-up to our service of November 21, Susan Kaphammer invites you to take a deeper look at ordinary joy and … read more.

Holding History

This service focuses on remembering our pasts as individuals, as Unitarian Universalists in Yakima, as Americans and world citizens. This service will include the opening of a “time capsule” set aside by youth of our congregation upon moving into our former home on 2nd Street.  … read more.

Cultivating Relationships

Pandemic time has given us the chance to learn an important truth about relationships by bringing so much to a halt and making us more mindful and deliberate about our interactions.  An essential learning about cultivating relationships is how important it is to Go Slow.  … read more.

Embracing Possibilities

We are living in times of significant change.  The recent past has brought upheavals in daily activities, relationships, and social expectations.  Our UUCY congregation has been and continues to be experiencing changes in where we are, who we are, and what we do.  We are … read more.

What Does It Mean To Be a People of Expectation?

The topic of “expectations” seems particularly appropriate as UUCY is poised at the beginning of a new church year, in a space new to us, with (perhaps) new social and health rules.  In our liberal and humanist traditions, UUs tend to assume tremendous power of human … read more.

What Does It Mean To Be A People of Play?

“We all are playing.  Playing it up, playing it down, trying to play fair.  Playing for keeps, playing favorites, playing it safe, sometimes too safe. He plays hardball; They’re playing house; I’m playing it by ear, or at least learning to play it by ear.  She’s … read more.

What Does It Mean To Be A People of Story?

Our UU forebearers dared to believe that the story of humanity and individual stories of life, death and salvation are not predestined by God. This freedom carries the responsibility to be aware and careful as we create the stories of our own lives and the story … read more.

What Does It Mean To Be A People of Becoming?

We are reminded in our Unitarian Universalist Principles that we are seekers engaged in our own unique spiritual journeys — the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. This process of “becoming” isn’t just about moving into our true selves; it is also about untangling from … read more.

What Does Beloved Community Mean for Us?

Beloved Community calls for commitment, conflict resolution and hard work, particularly in encouraging, accepting and sharing with those who are “troublesome” for us. The challenge can be reframed in realizing that to others any one of us may be one of the “difficult” members. We … read more.