The Danger of a Single Story

Alyssa Halliday presents 
a sermon by Rev. Gretchen Haley
“The Danger of a Single Story”
Kris Kines, Worship Leader
Dr. Gary Smart, Accompanist
Emily Rose Ludwick, Special Music

Alyssa will share a sermon by Rev. Gretchen Haley based on the TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the importance of stories in our own lives and the lives of our communities. These stories can keep us stuck in a cycle of struggle or liberate us into greater potential.

About our Speaker

Alyssa Halliday has been attending BBUUC since 2017. After becoming a member in 2018, she has served on various committees and is currently serving as a Board Trustee and a member of her favorite Worship Committee. She enjoys leading worship and is excited about the opportunity to read a sermon written by Rev. Gretchen Haley. 

About the Sermon Author

Rev. Gretchen Haley is the Senior Minister of Foothills Unitarian in Ft. Collins, CO. She is relentlessly curious about most things, especially the big stuff of theology, the beauty of creation, the magic of collaboration, and the great joy of pop culture. She has an audacious ambition for the liberal church, believing in its capacity to transform lives and our world through hyper-local relationships and partnerships that inspire the unleashing of courageous love. Rev. Haley is all in on adrienne maree brown’s emergent strategy and finds solace in the trails in and around Fort Collins. She and her amazing partner of over 20 years, Carri, have two children, Gracie (16) and Josef (14), who keep her grounded, frustrated, inspired, and humbled daily. She adores her dog Charlie, who smiles and gives out hugs and finds her oversized dog Archer endlessly amusing.

Special Music by BBUUC Friend Emily Rose Ludwick

Emily Rose Ludwick is a 9th-grade public school teacher at Creekside High School who enjoys music, art, and writing. She’s a D&D nerd, obsessed with exploring characters, over-analyzing narrative themes, killing the part of her that cringes, and building community through shared storytelling. She’s been singing as long as she’s been able, but singing with her dad, Michael Ludwick, has always been her favorite. She loves indie folk, syrup-voiced crooners, and the soundtrack of Trolls 3. My favorite groups to listen to right now are The Crane Wives and Hozier!