Sunday, August 2 – 11 a.m. – Lughnasad: A Celtic Celebration of Harvest, Renewal and Reconnection with Nature – Lucera Love
Lughnasad (pronounced loo-nah-sah) is one of the Celtic festivals of harvest, traditionally celebrated on or around August 1, and lasting one week. This is the time when the grains and the first fruits are harvested, a time for rituals of offering, giving thanks, death, rebirth and renewal. This service will celebrate this time and emphasize reconnection with nature. What seeds that were sown in the spring (literal or figurative) are now ready for harvest?
Sunday, August 9 – 11 a.m. – Retreat to Camp HUUF – Michael Caouette
Are you looking for a “retreat” from the ongoing chaos of 2020, but don’t have the time or energy for an entire weekend in the woods? Join Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for an hour of camp skits, sing-a-longs and activities, while we reminisce about the annual retreat on the Mattole River. Virtual “campers” will join fellow congregants in group breakout rooms during the service to compete in scavenger hunts, face mask decorating, and funniest camp limericks as we chase those nasty Covid-19 blues away. It’s a come-as-you-are, stress-free adventure celebrating everything UU at Camp HUUF.
Sunday, August 16 – 11 a.m. – Prayer Service – Amy Day
The Beautiful Dance: Humanity finds itself in crisis. Unraveling is happening on so many levels. We are at a time when we need all the healing tools and practices we can muster to come to our aid. What would it look like to reclaim prayer as a healing practice, to wrest it from its Puritan clutches and center it as part of our work for social justice, restoration and collective liberation? Together we’ll look at how prayer activates important regions of the brain, lights up our innate capacity to move through difficulty, and supports us in doing the work that is so needed right now.
Sunday, August 23 – 11 a.m. – Staying the Course: Finding Resource to Remain Present and Responsive in Our Unprecedented World – Lama Choyang (Allison Rader)
We are being called to deepen our stamina, to both live in the ongoing uncertainties and engage in the transformative conversations necessary in these times. As we live in relationship with this moment, and commit to making the world a better place, we can find the resource and capacity to stay present, connected and engaged. This exploration is a practice. As we engage the practice, we become part of an organic emergence, a living responsiveness to the world as it touches and transforms us all.
Lama Choyang is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher. She was a hospice chaplain for many years and currently teaches dharma; in Arcata she offers grief counseling, spiritual mentoring and end-of-life support, currently via Zoom. She also offers guidance in finding the resource to stay present and open – both in meditation practice and in difficult conversation. She is currently bringing her practice to the work of dissolving white supremacy culture.
Sunday, August 30 – 11 a.m. – For the love of books – Deb Cooper
Books feed and nourish us. Books enrich our lives. Steven King said: “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Is there a book that has touched your life? A passage of text that keeps popping up in your mind? A treasured memory involving a certain book? Join us for a casual sharing of books that have touched our lives.