Led by Rabbi David Horowitz and Worship Associate Max Grubb
Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Multigenerational Worship Service! This is a bread communion service, with several different types of bread we gratefully share with one another. This expresses the importance of “moving to the middle” in our lives with family and close friends – giving and receiving with deep gratitude as we grow together and increase the common good.
Led by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke and Worship Associate Sophie Smith – Humanism is a core value and influence in Unitarian Universalism, yet we live in a time where our interfacing with technology is changing how our human brains function. How can we keep the best of human nature while adapting to new ways of sharing information?
Also, in honor of Veteran’s Day, we will have a special offering to benefit Freedom House. The mission of Freedom House is to support homeless veterans in our community in their efforts to achieve greater self-sufficiency and to secure and maintain permanent housing.
Led by the Reverend Kathleen C. Rolenz and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper - We often live with close relationships that have become strained, distant or alienated. It takes a lot to risk telling the truth about the relationship, because we are uncertain about whether we can ever meet in the middle and start over. This sermon will explore the pitfalls and possibilities of when and how to speak the truth with the hopes of creating something new.
Led by the Rev. Wayne Arnason and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly - “Each of us is an artist whose task it is to shape life into some semblance of the pattern we dream about,” wrote Rev. Arthur Graham. Whether or not we think of ourselves as having artistic gifts, each of us has a responsibility for the artistic creation that is our life. Inspired by the beauty of design in the natural world, and by the work of artists and craftspeople, Rev. Arnason will reflect on what goes into the art of living.
Led by the Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate John Marfy – Rachel Carson is best known for her revolutionary book about harmful pesticide use, “Silent Spring.” However, this worship service will focus on her other poetic and heartfelt writings, particularly her view that the way to reduce adverse human impact upon the environment is to nurture a lifetime sense of wonder about the natural world. The service will include Carson’s beautifully-written reflections, Brad Bolton nature photos, and a moving video clip.
Led by Elaine Yehle Bowen – Participants of the 10 session Adult Religious Exploration class, Building Your Own Theology (BYOT), will share their personal credos or statement of beliefs, discerned through reading, discussion and art over the past 3 months of meetings. Come join us on our journeys of faith.
Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Joel Slater – Several members and friends of the congregation and I have been engaging in a series exploring our spiritual autobiographies. In returning to our stories, we discover insights about who we have been and who we are now that might not have been accessible to us at the time of the original experience. It may even be that revisiting our stories can help us discover how we are called at this time in our lives.
Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen - The Jewish observances of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the Ten Days of Repentance in between are steeped in tradition and infused with the wisdom of generations. Drawing on that wisdom, we will consider again what is required of us if we would return to right relationship with the people in our own lives and with source of life itself.
Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy - For many, Labor Day is the marker that connotes the end of the summer. This morning we will return to the stories that gave rise to the Labor Day holiday and consider again the ways in which we are all lifted up by the power of union.
Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus, and Worship Associate Sophie Smith.
Everyone is invited to join together for our annual multigenerational, ingathering service. During this special service for all ages, we will celebrate coming together again for the start of a new church year as we lift up children and youth as a source of spiritual wisdom for us all. Nursery care will be provided for our littlest ones during both services.
Please bring a small vial of water and/or a small amount of earth from a place you have been this summer which has nourished your own spirit.
In this multimedia service, Kathy and Saul will explore the interdependent web of which we are all a part. We are not qualified to do so, but we think you’ll appreciate our attempt as we share our limited experience with the seventh principle of Unitarian Universalism and the spirit animals that keep pestering Kathy to lead this service.