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. !
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.
Led 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.
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?
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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.
Have you heard people use that phrase to describe themselves? Media, scholars and pollsters have all invested a great deal in understanding who the “spiritual but not religious” are and whether they might have any interest in formal religious communities. Sunday morning we explore the growing “spiritual but not religious” identity with a Unitarian Universalist lens.
Led by Mike Hovancsek and Worship Associate Lori McGee
A service about ways the arts can change our lives on personal, spiritual, social levels. It will include personal reflection, findings from neurological research, and examples from history.
Quote: “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut
Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy (with many other worship associates, too) - This special service will feature poetry. I have invited all of the worship associates who are available to choose a poem that moves them, to share the poem with us and to tell us a little bit about how that particular poem touches their spirit. Beautiful poetry and music are in store for you today. Come be filled up!
Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly - Every year I go to the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Ministry Days and then to the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. After a full week of outstanding worship, workshops, public witness and stimulating conversation, I return filled with inspiration. This morning I hope to share some of that inspiration with you.