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.

Core Circle WSL - Freedom

Opening Words:

"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."

Core Circle - WSL - Economy

Opening Reading:

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear; though as for that the passing there had worn them really about the same,

Core Circle WSL - Divinity

Opening Words:

“A fire-mist and a planet, a crystal and a cell, a jelly-fish and a saurian, and caves where cave-men dwell; then a sense of law and beauty, and a face turned from the sod, -- some call it Evolution, and others call it God.”

Core Circle WSL - Common Ground

Opening Words:

"We do not have to think alike, to love alike."

- From the Unitarian Francis David, 1510-1579

Core Circle WSL - Change and Impermanence

Opening Reading:

"You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are ...transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment."

Core Circle WSL - Preparation

Opening Words:

"Where do we find ourselves? In a series of which we do not know the extremes, and believe that it has none. We wake and find ourselves on a stair; there are stairs below us, which we seem to have ascended; there are stairs above us, many a one, which go upward and out of sight."

Core Circle - Letting Your Life Speak

Opening Words:

“Sometime when the river is ice / ask me mistakes I have made.  Ask me whether what I have done is my life.  Others have come in their slow way into my thought, and some have tried to help or to hurt: ask me what difference their strongest love or hate has made.

Core Circle - Transformation

Opening Words

"We look with uncertainty

Beyond the old choices

for clear-cut answers

Core Circle - Our Fathers

Opening Words: 

"Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent."

- Carl Jung

 

Core Circle - Love and Relationship

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