Sunday Services

Sunday, June 5 – 11 a.m. – Your One Wild and Precious Life – Rev. Peter Farriday

Mary Oliver closes her poem “The Summer Day” with this query: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” As we near the cusp of another summer, we’ll explore how responding from our soul’s depths empowers us to both savor the world and give our fullest gifts to it.

Sunday, June 12 – 11 a.m. – Universalism: Past, Present and Powerful – Rev. Kalen Fristad

In the 1960s two distinct religious organizations joined to form the Unitarian Universalist Association. This presentation delves into the origins, history, and the powerful message that Universalism has to approach today’s difficult problems. It is a hopeful message applicable to both Christians and non-Christians.

Rev. Kalen Fristad has been a United Methodist minister for more than 40 years and is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship. He traveled the country full time with his wife, Darlene, from 2003 to 2006 accepting invitations to speak at churches, proclaiming the hopeful message of Universalism. He retired from the parish ministry in 2013 but continues to travel the country speaking on Universalism. Over the years he has spoken at more than 240 UU churches.

Sunday, June 19 – 11 a.m. – The Art of Letting Go – Rev. Peter Farriday

Renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell writes, “You have to strive every minute to get rid of the life you have planned in order to have the life that’s waiting for you,” while 13th- and 14th-century mystic and theologian Meister Eckhart said, “The soul grows by subtraction.” Using these as points of entry, we will explore the spiritual art of letting go.

Sunday, June 26 – 11 a.m. – Tending the Soil – Amy Day

For those able and willing to join us in person for this, our Social Action Sunday initiative, we will partner with Centro del Pueblo to offer our time and energies at its community garden space, Jardín Santario, on the corner 11th and F streets in Arcata.

Volunteers can expect to put their values into action by weeding, shoveling, unloading compost/wood chips, clearing areas, and harvesting in this important communal space. More details and a sign-up sheet will follow.

For those joining us via Zoom, we will team with other beloved UUs nationwide for a live stream of General Assembly’s Sunday morning worship. Featuring Rev. Gretchen Haley, Rev. Sean Neil-Barron and Shari Halliday-Quan as key speakers, this event is sure to inspire and empower. Zoom coffee hour will follow the stream.