August 26 — 10 a.m. — Books that Heal the Heart — Valerie Gizinski
Whether it is the content or the opportunity to immerse ourselves in someone elses imagination, books help us heal; they can offer solace and inspire hope. In this interactive service, come and share with us how a book made a difference in your life and why it may speak to us, too. Valerie Gizinski is a longtime Fellowship member and an avid reader.
Sunday, Sept. 2 10 a.m. Honoring Human Labor the Rev. Bryan Jessup
Everyone works. Some people get paid. The problem is that many people who do not get paid are then discounted, scorned and left without resources. The first principle of Unitarian Universalism calls us to honor the worth and dignity of every person. As a society we are still a long way from doing that, so working to change our society is a task that is always with us.
Sunday, Sept. 9 10 a.m. Gathering of the Water: Thanks and Hope Maureen Lawlor
We invite you to participate in our annual Gathering of the Waters service where individuals and families fill our community well with their personal offerings and this year especially with drops of gratitude and hope. Feel free to bring water that is personally significant or to use ours. Join us afterward for a potluck picnic.
Two services on Sunday will begin on Sept. 16
Sunday, Sept. 16 9 and 11 a.m. To Begin Again the Rev. Bryan Jessup
For Jews, the new year begins in the fall. This works well for many of us in the Northern hemisphere because, after summer activities, many of our schedules including the schedules of religious communities return to normal in September. In the Jewish tradition the new year is a time for deep reflection on the past and serious contemplation about goals for the year ahead. For Unitarian Universalists, too, these practices make sense.
Sunday, Sept. 23 9 and 11 a.m. Voices of our youth
Unitarian Universalists put a lot of value in raising and empowering youth in the context of our principles. The teens and young adults who were brought up in this faith are strong, creative and spiritual people. They are also next in line to be (or already are) taking up leadership roles in our congregations, in our faith, and in the UUA. They have unwavering voices and passion about what UU-ism can and should look like. So this Sunday will be an opportunity to hear some of these voices first hand.
Sunday, Sept. 30 9 and 11 a.m. We are Building a New Way the Rev. Bryan Jessup & Berti Welty
Unitarian Universalism in the United States is relatively young as religions go. Both Unitarians and Universalists got their start in this country in the early 1800s, and since their associations joined together in 1961 their approach has continued to evolve.
The point of Unitarian Universalism today is for each individual to learn to care for their own spirit, learn to embody wisdom and compassion in daily living, and learn to work together for the health of all humanity and the planet. Its a religion that offers people the freedom to find what kinds of spiritual practices work best for them individually even as members work toward common goals.