September 15, 2019

By Mutual Consent
Rev. David Morris

The principle that all interactions in religious communities must be voluntary is the second of the "Five Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion" named by Unitarian Universalist theologian, minister, and social justice activist James Luther Adams. The times we're living through remind us, though, that Adams also believed voluntary associations are the essential key to resisting totalitarianism. Are we up to the test?

September 8, 2019

Deep Roots: UUs and the Perennial Tradition
Rev. Deborah Cayer

When you look at Unitarian Universalism thematically it's quickly evident that we have a particular way of looking at the nature of humanity and the world--we see the potential for goodness, as well as beauty and abundant resources. What's the difference between idle wishes around all this and fertile ground?

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September 1, 2019

Somebody's Calling Our Name⁠ — What Shall We Do?
Rev. Jacqueline Brett

Unitarian Universalists have a strong tradition of working for social justice. But what should our focus be in these times? And how do we move beyond "working," to a practice of justice in partnership with those most directly impacted by injustice? And how might we respond to the wise, self-determined call of those who know for themselves what they most need?

Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader, and a hearty welcome back to Kate Lewis, who returns as our pianist!

 


August 25

The Waters that Unite Us
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Summer Choir

At the end of summer we bring a bit of water from a place or time that's had special meaning, and we add it to a common bowl. This morning, we will consider rivers, such as the Rio Grande along the US Mexico border, that flow carrying only life and sustenance, that flow with no intent to divide. Rev. Cayer and friends, service leaders. Summer Choir brings the morning's music. 

August 18

Dancing in the Eye of the Storm
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: LUUX Aeterna

Singer and activist Brandi Carlile says, "You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you're standing in the eye [of the storm]." Given the intense and steadily increasing acts of hate-motivated gun violence in our country, how do we find that eye, that space to do something as co-creative and life giving as dancing, as working for change with love, not hate and fear, until it comes? Rev. Deborah Cayer leads this morning's worship. LUUX Aeterna provides the morning's special music. 

 


 

August 11, 2019

How The Light Gets In
Rev. Jim Magaw

The late singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen wrote about the experience of darkness in profound and creative ways. But, at the heart of many of his songs and poems was a message of hope and perseverance in spite of the hopelessness all around. This service will explore the music and theology of Leonard Cohen.

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August 4, 2019

The Promise and the Practice
Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack with Rev. Jacqueline Brett and Rev. Deborah Cayer

What would it be like if our UU worship service reflected entirely the voices and experiences of Black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might we learn about ourselves and our faith? What becomes possible in Unitarian Universalism beyond one service? Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) and the Promise and the Practice of our faith.

 


 

July 28, 2019

Speaking of Loss
Revs. Deborah Cayer & Stacy Grove
Music: Paul Baerman

We experience losses small and great throughout our lives. In this service, we'll create a holding space for loss and explore ways to connect with others in healthy, life-giving ways around it. Rev. Stacy Grove and Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leaders. Paul Baerman and friends provide the morning's music.


July 21, 2019

Experiencing Unitarian Universalist Theology in the Gray Hymnal
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Eric Thomas

The hymnal Singing the Living Tradition, aka the Gray Hymnal, is a ubiquitous fixture in UU congregations. Its hymns and readings embody a broad diversity of spiritual messages compiled from a vast array of sources and serving an equally wide array of needs.

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July 14, 2019

We Laugh, We Cry, We Live, We Die
Kristi Chilton, Pam DiLavore, Nancy Powell
Music: Trilght, Don Hartman

Amy Leigh Mercree says “If you look at the creation of the earth, you’ll see that all the forces of physics combined to create an ebb and flow that keeps everything running in a continuous, harmonious circle of life.” The vocal group Trilight, Kristi Chilton, Pam DiLavore, Nancy Powell will present a service of music and reflections celebrating the circle of birth, growth, and death. Don Hartman, guest pianist

July 7, 2019

Through a Prism of Poetry: Beauty in Six Forms
Rev. Jacqueline Brett

Unitarian Universalists have long held a love for poetry, the reading of which is important in our liturgy and to many as a spiritual practice. This Sunday we extend our consideration of beauty through a thought-provoking prism of six poems, expressed by Henry Amador-Batten, Dominique Grimes-Medlin, Lisa Jones, Simon Kaplan, and Joan Tilghman. We also welcome back to ERUUF James Rice, our pianist this summer.

 


June 30, 2019

The Beauty of Our Differences
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: The Maudlin Brothers

When we’re first drawn to someone new, it’s natural to look for all the things we have in common, all the ways we’re the same. But is this really the best way to truly know another person? Is there any danger in staying at this first level of awareness? For whom? If so, how do we create something different?