Category: Minister Posts

MINISTER’S MESSAGE

“The Whole Church, the Whole Time”
by Rev. Robert Francis Murphy

 

Only an act of God or Congress will stop our congregation.

We’ll return to our church on Grand Boulevard by the end of May and we’ll begin religious services.   If Congress objects, we’ll make our protest known … read more.

Easter and Beyond

by Rev. Robert Francis Murphy

I was told, “This is how Unitarian Universalists celebrate Easter.”

That was many years ago. The speaker had a particular formula in mind. An Easter egg hunt was acceptable, but a crucifix display was not allowed for Good Friday or any other … read more.

GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY

by Rev. Robert Francis Murphy
“The church is not a democracy.”

If you were raised as a Roman Catholic, you may remember these words. If you were raised in some of the other religious traditions, you may have heard a similar message. There are … read more.

“Celtic Spirituality”

by Rev. Robert Francis Murphy

 

It’s the middle of winter. A very important moment.

In the North, people struggle with snow and ice. In our region, we welcome snow birds and other guests. Our climate is different from the Northern climate, but winter always matters, so

it’s good to reflect on the … read more.

MINISTER’S MESSAGE

January means snow and ice for much of North America. Here in Florida there are lots of pleasant possibilities. The list for January includes the following events. Bring neighbors and friends. Our church is a community church that welcomes newcomers.

o NEW YEARS DAY: … read more.

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THE WHOLE COMMUNITYby Rev. Robert Francis MurphyEvery day, there are new challenges to face.The opioid epidemic, human rights abuses, and the loss of government programs for public education, health care, and social services. October started with a mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas, and after that there were more problems. We’re concerned … Continued

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Thanksgiving Day in Florida
By Rev. Robert Francis Murphy

We’ve seen miracles happen. Give it some thought. As September 11th approached, the Tarpon Springs area prepared for Hurricane Irma. Church members and friends expected a Category Five hurricane with sustained winds of 157 mph. … read more.

MINISTER’S MESSAGE

BEYOND FOUR WALLS AND SUNDAY
by Rev. Robert Francis Murphy

Our church goes beyond Sunday. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs is more than a building. We provide sanctuary and support when it’s needed. Our programs are built on the foundation of unconditional love and … read more.

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Here Comes the Sun
by Rev. Robert Francis Murphy

Good news, brothers and sisters.

The August 21st eclipse is very near. Scientists have announced the times. For the Tarpon Springs area, the excitement will take place during the afternoon. The solar eclipse will start at 1:17pm. It will … read more.

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KREWE DE PALMS
By Rev. Robert Francis Murphy

We need a bit of foolishness in our lives.

We need some court jesters who will question the powerful.

I’ll tell you what I’ve heard. According to legend, there is a wonderful manatee – possibly a selkie or … read more.