The Stories We Tell – November 22, 2015

grandma-storytellingLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Intern Minister Dave Clements

The stories we tell shape the people we are. Come join us for stories, music and ritual in our annual, multigenerational celebration of Thanksgiving. In keeping with our tradition, we will offer communion and everyone is welcome to the table.

We Are Because They Were – November 15, 2015

uu church old-Edit-X2Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

In the struggles we choose for ourselves, in the ways we move forward in our lives and bring our world forward with us, it is right to remember the names of those who gave us strength in this choice of living. It is right to name the power of hard lives well lived. Come and learn about those in our church community who served us well.

Ancestral Echoes – November 8, 2015

Indigenous peoples dayLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Andrew Rome

When we think of ancestors we often think of a family’s heritage.  This morning we will think instead of our nation’s heritage.  Our ancestors in this land were both native and immigrant.  The history of colonial oppression of indigenous people affects us still.  What does that legacy have to do with our spiritual health today?

With Reverence and Gratitude – November 1, 2015

hands-578918_640Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lori Fatchet-McGee

Our worship theme this month is ancestry.  We begin our exploration by considering the ways in which people relate to elders in our own country as well as other places around the world.  What are the foundations of a spiritually whole and healthy response to elderhood?


Services are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11:30 with Nursery Care available during both services.

Releasing Resentment – October 25, 2015

let-it-go-31-250x250Led by Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

We have all experienced mistreatment by others. The resulting anger and resentment, if left to fester, can negatively affect our mood or even impact our physical health. We will explore techniques for liberating ourselves from the clutches of resentment.

It Is All Temporary – October 18, 2015

leaves-public-domain-image-1 impermanence quoteLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Intern Minister Dave Clements

One of Buddhism’s central teachings is about impermanence.  The Buddha said that impermanence is the nature of the human condition.  What can we learn from Buddhism about being people who learn to let go?


Services are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

Grief and Loss – October 11, 2015

letting goLed by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

We all have experienced loss and grief in our lives. A loss of a loved one, a friend, a partner – this is the cycle of life. How do we learn to let go and continue on? This Sunday we will explore together stories from the bible as well as modern day of people who have learned to let go.

Surrendering to the Way it Is – October 4, 2015

Man plans - God laughs proverbLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

You have surely seen the Yiddish proverb about how we plan and God laughs.  We get it because we know that life so often does not go according to our plans.  When that happens, what might help us surrender to our new, unplanned realities?

Seek to Understand – September 20, 2015

Walk in my Shoes.mbLed by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

I invite each of you today to take a journey, a walk, and join me as together we explore this idea of “Walking in My Shoes”. We will explore three concepts on our walk today, The First, “Seek to Understand” the Second, “Seek to be Understood” and the Third, “Leaving our own Imprint”.

Come, Yet Again, Come – September 13, 2015

front door openLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Interim Director of Religious Education Karen LoBracco

During the summertime, the rhythm of our community reflects the pace of people coming and going. With school in swing again and fall on the horizon, it’s time once again to gather as a whole community and mark the beginning of another church year. Come, gather in with us in a celebration of beloved community and the difference it makes. Please bring a little bit of water and/or soil from your home to share in our annual ritual of gathering the waters and soils. Bring them to church along with your thoughts about what it means to you bring yourself into our faith community.

Our choir returns from their summer hiatus for this multigenerational service. Children preschool-age and up will join us for the entire service.

You Are Awesome! – August 30, 2015

Led by Justin Czekaj and Rev. Christie Anderson

UntitledThere are an infinite number of random incidents that brought you here today – not just here to church, but into existence. For starters, approximately 4.5 billion years ago, a rock smashed into our infant planet (a planet, by the way, which is wholly unique in our solar system), creating our moon. This celestial body is essential to our human evolution, helping coax the tetrapods from the sea. Only a few million years ago our eyes began to emerge, evolving 50-100 times ever since, giving us the ability to see that moon. And those eyes might be green, or blue, or brown, depending on your parents, and your parents’ parents. Consider the long line of people who had to come together to create you. Think about the random and unique genetic code that gives you awareness and makes you, YOU! You are random, and wonderful. You are Awesome!

Catholic Social Teaching – August 23, 2015

LogoCOAR_text_lmtdLed by Mary Stevenson and Worship Associate Andrew Rome

Mary Stevenson, Executive Director of the Community of Oscar A. Romero (COAR), will present COAR’s work as an example of the Catholic tradition of social justice woven from the Gospel calls to help the poor, as well as a practical and compassionate response to crisis and poverty. In 1980, El Salvador entered the world stage through a brutal civil war. On March 24th, 1980, the Catholic Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar A. Romero, was murdered by the army while saying mass.  Later, on December 2nd, 1980, four North American Churchwomen were also murdered. All of them, along with many Salvadorans, were murdered for their defense of the poor, denunciation of the violence, and, in particular, their defense of refugees and orphaned children. Out of those dark days sprang COAR: a school, foster care facility, and clinic serving the entire impoverished community of Zaragoza, El Salvador.  COAR’s work continues today responding to the crisis of gang violence and unaccompanied minors at the US-Mexican border.

The God Test – August 16, 2015

flaming-chalice1Led by Saul Flanner and Kathy Walker

We all worship something, whether we call it worship or not. But what does it mean to worship? And what exactly do we choose to worship? And if worshiping is a choice, what do our choices say about the kind of people we aspire to be?