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:

The blog of the Jewish storyteller she mentioned is found at:

Those interested in the modern gleaning movement will find a special article at: 

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

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.



Spiritual But Not Religious? – August 3, 2014

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

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.

The Art of Change – July 27, 2014

Art quoteLed 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

Spirit Voices – July 20, 2014

poetryLed 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!