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Guest in Your Pulpit - Rev. Darcey Laine

Rev. Darcey Laine grew up in a musical family, and has a bachelor’s degree in Music performance from Indiana University.  She also grew up Unitarian Universalist, and after realizing her true call was to ministry, attended Star King School for the Ministry where she developed a passion for working with children and youth.  After her ordination in 1998 she served as DRE for the First Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Stockton, then  settled in Silicon Valley where she served as Minister of Religious Education for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto for  seven years.  Rev. Laine returned to the East Coast in 2007 to focus on sustainable living, and now lives with her partner, son and dog in Ithaca, New York.  Since 2008 she has served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Athens and Sheshequin. To bring another layer of depth to her ministry, she will complete her training to become a Spiritual Director in the fall of 2014. Favorite preaching themes include the Interconnected Web of Life, Social Justice, and Spiritual Deepening.

Sermons that Rev. Laine can present at your congregation:

Language of Reverence—Former president of the UUA Rev. Bill Sinkford posited that Unitarian Universalists needed to develop a “Language of Reverence.” A great brouhaha followed as UUs around the country came out on both sides of the issue. Do Unitarian Universalists need a Language of Reverence? What might a language of reverence look like for us?

Inherent Worth and Dignity—Unitarian Universalists affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person, but what does this mean when applied to basic issues of day to day living? What does this mean when the discussion turns to wages and workplace safety?  Do our UU principles help us wade into the cloudy waters of worker’s rights?

The Other Sacred Text—One of the principles of earth-centered traditions is the understanding that the places we know and love can also be our teachers. This understanding is challenging to those of us who were raised in different places from that which our ancestors knew, raised in religions born somewhere else again.  How might such a principle challenge Unitarian Universalism, a tradition which draws from "Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature" and how are we called to respond to that challenge?

Prayer?—Prayer can be a “sticky word” for UUs. Can an agnostic pray? What about an Atheist?  Is “prayer” a word that Unitarian Universalism can reclaim with integrity and authenticity?

Rev. Laine heartily enjoys storytelling and is delighted to include a “Lesson for All Ages” in the service.

You can contact Rev. Laine at darceylaine [at] earthlink [dot] net

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