Ministry

Rev. Mike Morran grew up a city kid from Chicago, attending the Unitarian Universalist Church of Evanston. With an ath

eist father, a mystic mother, Catholics in the extended family, and friends who were Jewish and Greek Orthodox, comfort with religious diversity has always been a part of life.

Unitarian Universalist churches were caught up in social activism in the 1960s, and Mike remembers thinking that religion is what happens when you pitch in with your friends and family to help someone out. Recycling drives, serving soup to the poor, visiting nursing homes, and cleaning up city lots with rakes and garbage bags were early and formative church experiences. Teen trouble and a strong independent streak led him to drop out of high school for a few years of itinerant manual labor.

To this day Mike appreciates the saying by Mark Twain, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Facility with math and mechanical things eventually took him to engineering school and a decade of productive industry, much personal searching, and some dark and groping places of the soul. In 1990, he went back to church and some light found its way in. Church was a lifesaver, and religion again happened when friends pitched in to help him out.

Called to the ministry in 1993, seminary in 94’, married in 95’, first child in 97’, ordained in 98’; a bright and busy time with abundant blessings. Settled at 1st Unitarian Church of Denver since 2002 with a second child and a strong marriage, he finds serving this thriving congregation a joy and a privilege. These days Mike is on fire with a vision for Unitarian Universalism for the next generation, Unitarian Universalism as a spiritual path, Unitarian Universalism as a transformative faith for troubled times.. This great journey of the mind, the heart, and the spirit, is an open invitation to all people of good will.

Pastoral Letter to First Unitarian Denver

Several people have asked me recently, “How are you doing, knowing that Rev. Beth is leaving?” The short answer is, “Well, I wish she wasn’t!” But that’s only a small piece of the real answer. Rev. Beth has done good work with us. Her style and strengths are different than mine, her ministry reaches and speaks to different people and our congregation has grown in diversity.

Sermon - Spending and Being Spent

Spending and Being Spent

Sermon for 1st Unitarian Society of Denver, by Rev. Mike Morran, delievered January 2, 2011

Sermon - First Things First

First Things First

Sermon delivered by Rev. Mike Morran on November 7, 2010 at First Unitarian Society of Denver

Call to Worship

Sermon - The Devil is in the Details

The Devil Is In the Details

Sermon for 1st Unitarian Society of Denver, by Rev. Mike Morran, delivered February 6, 2011

Sermon - Civil Rights-Religious Roots

Civil Rights – Religious Roots

Sermon for First Unitarian Denver by Rev. Mike Morran, all rights reserved

Sermon - Cash Culture

Cash Culture

Sermon for 1st Unitarian Society of Denver by Rev. Mike Morran delivered on January 3, 2010

Sermon - Anyone or Only One

Anyone or Only One

Sermon for 1st Unitarian Society of Denver by Rev. Mike Morran delivered on February 14, 2010

Sermon - Another Narrative Needed

Another Narrative Needed: Ours

A sermon delivered to the First Unitarian Society of Denver on July 17, 2011 by Reverend Betty Pingel

Core Circle WSL - Simplicity

Opening Reading:

"The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus it is like the Tao.
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
"

- from the Tao Te Ching, chapter 8

Core Circle WSL - Insight

Opening Reading:

Do not ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

- Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman

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