Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Marion Yeagler – Lots of people these days say they are spiritual but not religious. What is the difference? I’d say one critical difference is the commitment religious people make to be a part of a gathered community. What does it mean to be a part of this gathered community? Why do we expend the effort to keep this community alive and vital? How can we ensure that the legacy of this community is one we can be proud to say we helped shape?
Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Dani Beale – It is common in Unitarian Universalist congregations (ours included) to liturgically reinterpret Valentine’s Day. We look at the neurotheology of love and the music of love and the practice of loving our neighbors and more. This year we will turn our focus to the love that inspires the ubiquitous flowers and chocolate. Whether you are single or dating, divorced or widowed or married many years, I’d like to hear from you. What do you know about love? What do you know about how love changes over time? What do you know about making love last? I’d like to include some reflections from members and friends of the congregation (anonymously) in our worship service. Write to me by February 8 and I’ll weave some of your words into the service.
Congregation group members – The UUA principles include the variety of sources from which we draw. This service will explore how our congregation has drawn from and benefitted from each of the various sources and will introduce the changes proposed at the UUA General Assembly. Members of some groups within the church will exemplify how they reflect those sources and bring a personal perspective of how UUism broadens our exposure to wisdom from a variety of sources.