What Wondrous Love – December 7, 2014

What wondrous loveLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

Love is wondrous and so is life. This morning we will lift up spiritual and scientific insights about the critical role that wonder plays in our capacity to embrace it all. Come let this service help you prepare to embrace the wonders of this time of year.

From Untouchable to Dalit – November 30, 2014

dalits_tamilnadu_loLed by Lori McGee with Worship Associate Bonnie Harper

India is known for its caste system–its way of structuring social classes–but how much is actually known about how that system affects the people, most especially the “untouchables”? This service will explore a brief explanation of the caste system with focus on the women of the untouchable caste. We will also explore how some of these women are rising about their social constraints to become Dalit–touchable members of the lowest class.

(Note: there will be parts of the service which may be hard to hear as the violence against these women is often horrific. Please feel free to leave during those times.)


Photo:   https://minorityrights.wordpress.com/category/minorities/dalit-minorities/

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing – November 2, 2014

ComeXThouXFountLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

A celebration of the hymn, a meditation upon the hymn and an exploration of its message, this service shall dwell with the grace of blessing.





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Something Unharvested – October 26, 2014

fallXapplesLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

The title for this service is taken from a Robert Frost poem in which he implores “May something go always unharvested!” What does that wish mean? Why would any among us today wish for the same wholeness.


From the Library: Sermon References

Rev. Melissa’s sermon last Sunday, “Something Unharvested”,included the following references:

A version of the Sufi story told in her sermon may be found at:   http://www.sufiway.eu/sufi-story-precious-stone/

The blog of the Jewish storyteller she mentioned is found at:  http://torahsparks.wordpress.com/tag/gleaning

Those interested in the modern gleaning movement will find a special article at:  http://www.urbanfarmonline.com/urban-farm-news/2012/01/26/gleaning.aspx 

Recharge Your Spirit – October 19, 2014

RechargeXYourXSpiritX-X2Led by Rev . Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly

As UUs, the ways in which we seek spiritual renewal varies among us. We will explore how our personality characteristics influence our spiritual practice preferences and why this awareness can help provide individual guidance as well as improve our understanding of others.

What to Do When You are Waiting for a New Day – October 12, 2014

eckhart-quoteLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

Remember the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? When you have a day like that, what do you do? This morning we’ll share some ideas in this multigenerational worship service about how you can make a bad day new instead of just waiting for a new day. !

Jumping Into the Fire – October 5, 2014

flameLed by Lisa Thiel and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly

Many traditions, particularly from the East, hold that difficulties are our greatest teachers. Yet, much of the time, we try and avoid them by running away. It is only when we courageously embrace our difficult experiences or relationships, that we can grow deeply and experience wholeness.

International Unitarian Universalism – September 28, 2014

internationalXUUXchaliceLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy
I made a promise that I will be fulfilling this Sunday. I promised to offer a sermon on any topic chosen by the highest bidder at our annual service auction last year. Eric Van Baars was the winner and he has invited me to reflect on the practices of Unitarian Universalists around the globe.

The Orchard Within a Seed – September 21, 2014

orchardXwithinXaXseedLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

There is a beautiful story about a man who plants trees even though he knows he won’t live long enough to harvest the fruit. And still he plants anyway, as a promise to the future. What promises do you want to make to the people who will come after you?

We Pledge Our Hearts – September 14, 2014

UUWooster member w chalice mugLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith tradition. The word covenant is a religious word to talk about promises. When we become members of a Unitarian Universalist congregation we are making a promise to ourselves, to one another and to that which is larger than ourselves. What is that promise?


Photo: Used with permission  http://www.uufwc.org/

To Be Human is to Promise – September 7, 2014

256px-Falling_water_dropsA Multigenerational Ingathering Service and Water Communion led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus

We are “promise-making, promise-breaking, promise-renewing” animals. That is what the Israeli Jewish philosopher Martin Buber once said and to Rev. Melissa it rings true. Sunday morning we will welcome the whole community back together after some have been away for summer work and play, and we will explore the promises we make to one another. Please bring a small container of water and/or earth with you to church this Sunday to represent a place where you felt fully awake to your humanity this summer.