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.

Sunday, May 15th: Rev. Dr. Rina Shere: “Living Our Dangerous Ideas”

Our Unitarian forefather Ralph Waldo Emerson provided an important legacy to us – the idea that the true work of our lives is the heart’s spiritual awakening.  Emerson has been called America’s first public intellectual, and he placed great emphasis on each individual’s capacity and obligation for decision-making and truth seeking.  Emerson also profoundly influenced the creation of a new path for Unitarianism in the 19th century.
Join us to discover how Emerson’s thinking continues to influence our collective faith and our individual  spirituality.