The Power of Forgiveness, Part 1

By Jon Sievert

Guest Minister the Reverend Ron Phares discusses the power of forgiveness at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service.

Spiritual practices come in many forms, from the exotic to the familiar, from the intentional to the assumed. People often find themselves wishing for a practice but lamenting their lack of time or discipline. Or perhaps the time and discipline are there, but the deep sense of connection to the practice is missing. There is one practice, however, that takes little time or structure and also bores straight into the heart of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist or even a compassionate and spiritually functional human being. This is the practice of granting and asking for and, deeper yet, understanding forgiveness. In a two-part sermon series, he will trace the need, power, and practice of forgiveness throughout UU roots, heritage, and sources, and find it realized in our current principles. He will reflect on its rigors and seek avenues into its realization in hopes that comprehending the power of forgiveness can contribute to our spiritual, personal, and social selves.

Rev. Phares serves Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation on the northwest side of Tucson, AZ. He received his masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor’s in Comparative Religious Studies from Arizona State University. In addition to ministry, Rev. Phares writes contextual poetry, words interfacing with subject, form, and place. His poems have been featured on public art installations from Corvallis, OR, to Phoenix, AZ, including, most prominently, the Phoenix 9/11 Memorial. A native of Phoenix, he has lived abroad in China, Belgium, and France, and in Texas. Ron currently lives in Tucson with his wife, Katie, and their twin girls.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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