Sunday Services

Sunday, June 2 – 10 a.m. – The Flower Communion

This Religious Education program will honor the end of the year with an intergenerational flower communion. Everyone is invited to bring a flower for our communal altar. During the service, all four R.E. groups will share highlights of their spiritual exploration. Senior Zoe Moore will present her Coming of Age Credo as we support her transition into adulthood. After blessing the flowers, congregants will be invited to select a new flower to take home as a symbol of our interconnected community.

Families are asked to bring their children in at 9:45 a.m. to check-in with their teachers. After the service everyone is invited to an all-Fellowship potluck lunch and our annual “Sunday Sundaes.”

Sunday, June 9 – 10 a.m. – Wholeness from a Humanist Perspective – Rev. Bryan Jessup & Ruth Davis

The humanist approach to religion that undergirds so much of Unitarian Universalism will be examined by the Rev. Bryan Jessup and HUUF member Ruth Davis. The UU way of faith is grounded in science and ethics. It invites people to develop fully as human beings by practicing mindfulness and by committing themselves to love and justice. Some UUs use “God” language but many do not. Whether they do or don’t, UUs know that they are responsible for working toward their own wholeness and for working toward a more just and sustainable world.

Sunday, June 16 – 10 a.m. – Fathers Talk about Faith – Rev. Bryan Jessup

In this service, several fathers from the congregation will work with Rev. Jessup to talk about their own faith journeys and how they talk (or talked) about faith with their children. Faith is often something bigger than organized religion. It is often an open and courageous approach to living that welcomes beauty and does not try to escape the difficult parts. Ralph Waldo Emerson said that how we behave speaks so loudly no one can ever really hear what we’re saying. In this service fathers will talk about how their behavior (for good or ill) has conveyed their true faith to the people who depend on them.

Sunday, June 23 – 10 a.m. – Transition Looks and Feels Like This – Lama Choyang (Allison Rader)

Change is the ground of our experience, from monumental climate change to the intimate loss of loved ones and the truth that each of us will draw our last breath. Lama Choyang (Allison Rader) will talk about change, the unknown, trust, transformation, and a commitment to presence as we live into the uncertainties of life in these bodies and in our precious world.

Lama Choyang is a 30-year teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She spent almost all of the last five years working as a chaplain with Hospice of Humboldt and resigned recently to spend several months in retreat. She is on the edge of a new moment in her life, looking forward to weaving spiritual support and end-of-life care with meditation teachings, retreats and programs. She is open to the arising of not-yet-known opportunities to serve and to learn.

Sunday, June 30 – 10 a.m. – So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You – Rev. Bryan Jessup

This will be the final service for Rev. Jessup as minister of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. In his remarks he will outline why it has “been good to know” the people in the congregation, what strengths he sees in them as they continue their journey as a spiritual community, what he hopes for them in the future, and some of the many things he and his wife Edie will always treasure about their time in Humboldt County.