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 - I Know This Much is True

Opening Words:

"We look with uncertainty

beyond the old choices

for clear-cut answers

Core Circle - Exploring Christianity (and Unitarian Unversalism), Part Three: Transforming Christianity

Core Circle - Exploring Christianity (and Unitarian Universalism), Part Two: Are UUs Christian?

Core Circle - Exploring Christianity (and Unitarian Unversalism), Part One: Jesus

Opening Words:

"Sweet Jesus, talking his melancholy madness, stood up in the boat and the sea lay down, silky and sorry.  So everybody was saved that night.  But you know how it is when something different crosses the threshold – the uncles mutter together, the women walk away, the young brother begins to sharpen his knife.

Core Circle - Religious Ethics and Activism

Opening Words:

"Don’t say, don’t say there is no water to solace the dryness at our hearts.

I have seen the fountain springing out of the rock wall

and you drinking there.  And I too before your eyes

found footholds and climbed to drink the cool water.

The woman of that place, shading her eyes,

frowned as she watched – but not because she grudged the water,

Core Circle - The Mysterium Tremendum

Opening Words:

The Living Tradition we share draws from many sources.  The first one is:

Core Circle - Preparing for Christmas

Opening Words:

From the UU Hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition, use selection 615, “The Work of Christmas,” by Howard Thurman


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"The relatives have gone.  The harvest season passed with Thanksgiving.  Even as we bought our turkey, the Salvation Army bells jangled our nerves toward Christmas.

Core Circle - God

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 - Forgiveness

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Core Circle - The Art of Loving

Opening Words:

“Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning

Love has to be put into action and that action is service.