Sunday, April 7 – 9 and 11 a.m. — Singing Love Songs to God – the Rev. Bryan Jessup & Paula Jones
Psalm 96 from the Jewish Scriptures invites human beings to “Sing to the Lord a new song.” It further says, “Sing to the Lord all the Earth.” The Earth is surely singing now in springtime. The frogs are calling in the night. The geese are sounding in the day. And human hearts are full of song as well. At the 9 a.m. service we will sing songs together. At the 11 a.m. service, wonderful jazz and blues singer Paula Jones and her band will sing such songs as “All of Me” with the understanding that many of the famous jazz and blues songs we know can easily be sung as praise songs for the mystery that makes us.
Sunday, April 14 – 9 and 11 a.m. — Voices of the People: Socialism and Simplicity – Dave Troxel
The first day of May is fast approaching. In some socialist countries May Day is an important date in the struggle of working people to live in an egalitarian society. We’ll anticipate the day, not with political speeches and rallies, but with story and song, poetry and prayer. Along the way we’ll consider the meaning of socialism, the lives of those who benefit from it and fear it, and the ideal of “living simply so that others may simply live.”
Sunday, April 21 – 9 and 11 a.m. — “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” – The Rev. Bryan Jessup
Poet Emily Dickinson says, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” In this Easter service, participants will be invited to count the blessings of springtime and open their hearts to the things that bring them hope even in these challenging times.
Our Earth is experiencing climate change. Our nation and the world are anxious and divided. Around the Earth human beings are still engaged in violence and war. Yet this is far from the first time humans have faced serious challenges, and by thoughtful, caring work, and with a great deal of amazing grace, our species has survived, thrived and learned new ways of being. So now is not the time for despair. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, now is the time for human beings to arise and become the creatures they have the positive potential to become.
Sunday, April 28 – 9 and 11 a.m. — The Creative Invitation of Conscious Evolution – David Marshak
Today we will explore the historic relationship between the evolution of human consciousness and Unitarian Universalism over the past two centuries. This will lead us to an exploration of the relationships among evolution, adult development stages, and conscious evolution today and how all of this relates to our lives and the challenges and opportunities humans face on this planet today.