How We Do Anything is How We Do Everything – October 30, 2016

mural-1347673_960_720Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Fatchet-McGee

I’ve heard this phrase multiple times in the last year, it seems all of a sudden.  This morning we will consider what we can learn about ourselves from the way we say goodbye.


Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.

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Letting the Light In: Transforming Your Pain into Power – October 23, 2016

sunlight-923125_1280Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

How do you create the most powerfully fulfilling life? Go where the pain is and come through on the other side.  Our experiences in life and our movement through them allow us to grow and evolve. Our pain can be a great informant of what we want to be aware of moving forward, so we want to give it voice and listen and learn how to transform our pain into power.

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available for both services.

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Choosing Healing, Healing Choices – October 16, 2016

woman-591576_640Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Debra-Lynn Hook

What makes it possible for us to choose healing?  How can we embrace healing choices, even and especially when a healing choice isn’t our first choice?  This morning we will celebrate the way the spirit of life can be our guide in matters of healing and wholeness.


Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care  available for both services.

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November Spiritual Cinema – Contact – 11/5 @ 7 PM

Contact Movie Poster

This year the middle school youth group will be studying “Popcorn Theology” and we are going to use our monthly Spiritual Cinema as an opportunity to watch some of the movies in their entirety. Our movie nights have always been open to people of all ages but we strongly encourage youth to attend with their parents.

For our next Spiritual Cinema on Friday, November 5 at 7:00 PM, we will watch the motion picture, “Contact” (1997) which was written by the late Dr. Carl Sagan. The movie is 150 minutes, rated PG, and will be followed by a short discussion of some of the topics raised by the movie. Dan Flippo has volunteered to screen the movie in his home and has room for at least 20 people. Please click his address for a map or directions: 2650 Easthaven Drive, Hudson, OH 44236. Please RSVP to Dan at [email protected].

Comments by Dan:

One of the key themes in “Contact” is the conflict between science and religion. In the movie, a message discovered by radio telescope immediately causes conflict between scientists who would learn more about the message and others who find their beliefs threatened.  At the conclusion I believe the protagonist realizes that even science might require an element of faith.

“How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?” Instead they say, “No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.” A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.”

– Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Description from

The opening and closing moments of Robert (Forrest Gump) Zemeckis’s Contact astonish viewers with the sort of breathtaking conceptual imagery one hardly ever sees in movies these days–each is an expression of the heroine’s lifelong quest (both spiritual and scientific) to explore the meaning of human existence through contact with extraterrestrial life. The movie begins by soaring far out into space, then returns dizzyingly to earth until all the stars in the heavens condense into the sparkle in one little girl’s eye. It ends with that same girl as an adult (Jodie Foster)–her search having taken her to places beyond her imagination–turning her gaze inward and seeing the universe in a handful of sand. Contact traces the journey between those two visual epiphanies. Based on Carl Sagan’s novel, Contact is exceptionally thoughtful and provocative for a big-budget Hollywood science fiction picture, with elements that recall everything from 2001 to The Right Stuff. Foster’s solid performance (and some really incredible alien hardware) keep viewers interested, even when the story skips and meanders, or when the halo around the golden locks of rising-star-of-a-different-kind Matthew McConaughey (as the pure-Hollywood-hokum love interest) reaches Milky Way-level wattage. Ambitious, ambiguous, pretentious, unpredictable–Contact is all of these things and more. Much of it remains open to speculation and interpretation, but whatever conclusions one eventually draws, Contact deserves recognition as a rare piece of big-budget studio filmmaking on a personal scale. –Jim Emerson

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They Create One Another – October 9, 2016

adapted from Jon Delorey 2009 photo                                    “UU Neighborhood Winter Camp”

Led by Rev. Don Southworth and Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association is to nurture excellence in ministry.  What are the factors that enable and create excellent ministry?  Your congregation knows more than you probably realize but in this time of transition it may be good to be reminded.

The Rev. Don Southworth is the founding Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.  He served congregations in San Francisco, Atlanta and Durham, North Carolina prior to joining the UUMA and has led workshops on stewardship and congregational growth around the world.  





Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.

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Homecoming – October 2, 2016

building-in-morning-xlLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

In celebration of our 150th anniversary, we have invited former members and friends and young adults who grew up in the church to join us in a homecoming celebration.  Between services, we will have a ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate the progress we have made in working toward our new fellowship hall.  After the second service, everyone is warmly welcome to join in a potluck under the big tent behind the church.  Come join us for a joyful and festive day.


Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery care is offered during both services.

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