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.

In the summer of 2007 Darcey and her partner, Eric and son, Nick moved to Ithaca, New York to lead a more family-centered life. Since 2008 she has served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Athens and Sheshequin. To bring another layer of depth to her ministry, In 2014 Darcey completed her training in Spiritual Direction, a one-to-one practice for spiritual searching and growth.

Rev. Laine also provides ministry for the UU Church of Cortland and the UU Fellowship of Big Flats, and is a visiting preacher to other congregations in the region. She believes that collaboration among congregations is an important part of our history, and is excited to see that continuing in our regional groups.

Sermons that Rev. Laine can present at your congregation:

Favorite preaching themes include the Interconnected Web of Life, Social Justice, and Spiritual Deepening.

Expectations and Reality - Are you ever disappointed when life doesn’t live up to your expectations- especially during the holiday season? Me too. This Sunday we will look closely at those moments when expectation and reality diverge.

The Spiritual Journey - Are you on a spiritual journey right now? How would you know if you were? This Sunday we will consider how spiritual journeys are alike, how they are different, and how to find our own.

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?

Sacred in the Ordinary - As the winter darkens, sometimes even ordinary things sparkle and shine in the crisp winter’s light. Something similar happens when we choose to look at the world with a practice of seeing the sacred in the every day- even the most humble elements of our lives can begin to reveal themselves as holy.

Living in Body - What does it mean to live in a body? Does that meaning change as our capacities change What is the relationship between our body and our Self? This Sunday Rev. Laine tells us something about her own journey of living in body, and reflects on how our answers change as we grow into ourselves.

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

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