Speaker: Rev. Karen Brammer

The Chalice and the Flower

In a month our Unitarian Universalist Association will vote on whether to evolve once again our 7 (and for UUUtica, our 8) Principles. No matter the outcome of the vote, our faith will not lose the chalice, nor bury the principles. However, we may gain … read more.

Five Smooth Stones for Mother’s Day

Five Smooth Stones – a gift from one of our 20th century theologians, James  Luther Adams. Rev. Karen learned this perspective and theological notation from two of the most powerful UU mentors in her life, both women, both mothers. She will share why the Five Smooths Stones … read more.


Forgiveness is one of the most challenging religious and spiritual precepts. Together we ask, “What does it mean? Why is it important? Are there ways to practice forgiveness while holding people accountable for wrong-doing?’ 

Living with the Question

In “Letters to a Young Poet” Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, “… have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language…”

 I sometimes wrestle with and sometimes rest with … read more.

The Five Pillars of Islam

The word “Islam” means to be at peace. Beyond the terrible conflicts and rhetoric
of the time, what might we learn from the wisdom that recognizes the vulnerabilities of human beings? How might the example of Islamic devotion inspire our own paths?
This Sunday’s service is followed … read more.

Belonging – to What End?

The service will ask the question and lift the possibilities about what it means to belong in community, especially in this UU church community of Utica. We will recognize people who have decided to join our congregation as new members.

Christmas Eve Service

This beloved, multigenerational service honors the life and love of Jesus of Nazareth, featuring carols, story and candlelight. 

Staying at the Table Through Conflict

The Table is a metaphor of shared life. With whom are you willing to sit at the Table to share life, and under what circumstances?  What makes it possible to share the table through conflict? Practically and spiritually – how do we practice and get … read more.