Sunday, September 11th Rev. Mary Grigolia “Healing the Heart of Democracy”

Have you noticed that the UU principles sound like values that make democracy possible? How do we practice democracy as a spiritual practice? In this time of political upheaval, what’s the role and responsibility of organized religion, congregations and citizens to serve our larger community? How can we help?

Sunday, September 18th Andy Frantz “Mobilizing Whiteness for Racial Justice”

The title of the service is borrowed from a workshop I attended at Summer Institute in July. With racial tension high in our society, I use this service to reflect on my own whiteness and what it looks like for me to confront racial injustice. Why would I even want to do so as a white person? Because my world is diminished by the pervasive racism in our society, even as a member of the privileged class. People of all racial identities are welcome at this service.
*Andrew Frantz is a long-time member of OUUF and is now a full-time Master of Divinity student at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary.

 

Sunday August 14th, 2016 – Rev. Mary Grogolia – “Poetry and Social Change”

How do we keep faith with life during changing times? One way is poetry. Jane Hirshfield writes, “Poems hold things you can’t quite remember; you take them in, they become you, you say them to others, and they become in that moment the listener’s own heart and mind, knowledge and life.”
Bring a poem that lifts your spirit.

 

Sunday August 28th, 2016 – Service Leader: Karyl Lee “Water Ceremony”

The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. Many UU congregations now hold a Water Communion once a year.

Members bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person who brought it tells why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. It is often then blessed by the congregation, and sometimes is later boiled and used as the congregation’s “holy water” in child dedication ceremonies and similar events.