Alison Duren-Sutherland

From Bud into Flower: Honoring the Vernal Equinox

On the Vernal Equinox, day and night are of equal length, with a promise of new growth and longer days to come. Intern Minister Alison Duren-Sutherland  invites us to imagine the growth we would like to see in the months ahead. Bring an item that speaks to you of new growth, and an intention for what you want to see growing in your life, our community, and the wider world. We will share our items and intentions as we co-create a virtual altar to celebrate the arrival of Spring.

Giving Thanks for the Beloved Community

This morning we will hear from folks in our community who do the work to make UUGP possible. We will have an opportunity to hear what lights up our volunteers about their service to this beloved community, and express our gratitude for all they do.

A Faith Journey in Six Poems

Southern Oregon UU Partnership Intern Minister Alison shares six poems she has written over the past two decades that trace her journey toward an anti-racist, Earth-centered Unitarian Universalist faith.

My Grandmother’s Hands

We will explore how the body experiences and endures trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society, and learn about healing the generational anguish of white supremacy, deeply embedded in us all. Somatic therapist Resmaa Menakem’s work offers an alternative view of how we can grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.

Finding Balance in the Wheel’s Turning

In her first service as our Intern Minister, Alison encourages us to reflect on the wisdom of the Autumn equinox through engagement with the more-than-human world around us and Earth-honoring ritual. As the wheel of the year turns toward darkness, and Fall changes the face of the land where we make our home, how are we changed by this turning?
All are invited to bring an object or an image that represents the fall to symbolically place on our virtual autumn altar during the service.

The Earth Speaks Everything to Us

“Earth Day offers us an opportunity to focus on the more-than-human world, the ways in which the living Earth is speaking to us, and the balm for our spirit that we find right outside our windows and doors.” Alison will share elements of her Earth-honoring practice in words and images as an invitation to each of us to find solace and sustainability in relationship with the more-than-human world.
Our building is closed during the Covid-19 pandemic, but we’re live streaming our Sunday services via Zoom. If you are new to using Zoom, please check in by 10:15 for a brief tutorial.
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To dial in by phone:
Call (669) 900-9128, then enter meeting ID: 176 735 758

It Doesn’t Have To Be the Way It Is: the Visionary Imagination of Ursula LeGuin

When we stretch the bounds of our imagination, we make room for a broader vision of what is possible. Our pulpit guest, seminarian Alison Duren-Sutherland will lead us on a journey to distant worlds with visionary fiction writer Ursula LeGuin, where we’ll find important truths for our lives here on Earth.
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