Now I Become Myself

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Sunday, January 20, 2020

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood

May Sarton wrote: “Now I become myself.  It’s taken time, many years and places; I have been dissolved and shaken, worn other people’s faces.”  As we continue exploring January’s Soul Matters theme of integrity, we’ll reflect together on how seeking to live with integrity and creating greater wholeness within ourselves helps us become more fully ourselves.  Our services will also include a naming ceremony that affirms and celebrates Kevyn Breedon’s journey of becoming more fully themselves.

Other contributors today were Colleen Thoele, Kevyn Breedon, and Hal Walker.

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

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Living with Integrity

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Led by Worship Associates Kathy Kerns and Elaine Bowen

Rainer Maria Rilke says, “May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”  One of the times we may feel in flow with how we want to live is when we feel we are living our life with integrity, when we feel we are acting in concert with our true selves.  We invite you to come and hear members and friends, Elaine Bowen, Andrew Rome, Randy Bish, and Krsnaa Fitch share their thoughts on living with integrity.

Speakers today were Worship Associate Kathy Kerns, Worship Asociate Elaine Bowen, Colleen Thoele, Randy Bish, Elaine Bowen, Andrew Rome, Krsnaa Fitch, and Hal Walker.

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

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Standing at the Threshold

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Sunday, December 29, 2019 one service at 10 AM only

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser

Rev. Kathleen McTigue writes: “We stand at a threshold, the new year something truly new, still unformed, leaving a stunning power in our hands: What shall we do with this great gift of Time, this year?” As we stand at the threshold of a new year, through music, rituals and readings we will reflect on this opportunity before us and ask what we will do with the gift of a new year with its promise and possibility.

Other participant in today’s service was Hal Walker.

One service at 10 AM will be offered with nursery care available.

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Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 24, 2019

One Night, One Star, One Child

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associates Elaine Bowen and Lori McGee

Rev. Victoria Safford writes: “Now is the moment of magic when an Eastern star beckons…to find an ordinary baby, born at midnight… and the baby’s cry makes people wonder as they wander through their lives what human love might really look like”. On this night as we welcome Christmas once again with joy and awe, we will tell stories and sing songs about the birth of a child who taught us what love really looks like.

On the podcast – Rev. Steven Protzman, Worship Associate Lori McGee, Worship Associate Elaine Bowen, Tone Chimers, Peace Choir.

Nursery care will be available for the 6:30 PM service only. Services will not be offered on Christmas Day.

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A Festival of Light

Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 10 AM only

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee

Donna Henes writes: “Lighting a light at the darkest time of the year is a pledge somehow. A promise. Such a small, symbolic gesture.” We will gather as a community of all ages to have a festival of light and rekindle the light of hope and possibility in our hearts and in our community with stories, songs and rituals that draw on some of the world’s light celebrations, including Solstice, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and Yule.

Join us for this all-ages service at 10 AM only with nursery care available during the service.

Podcast people: Rev. Steven Protzman, Worship Associate Elena Kline, Worship Associate Lori McGee.

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The Stuff of Stars

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Sunday, December 15, 2019 Led

by DRE Colleen Thoele and Sandy Eaglen

This family friendly all-ages service will celebrate the stars! Through dance, song and story, the children of our beloved community will offer tales of Christmas magic and joy. 

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

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Blue Christmas

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Join Lori McGee for our annual Blue Christmas vespers service at 7 PM on Tuesday evening, December 10. This service is open to all; however, those who have suffered pain or loss over the last year are especially encouraged to attend.  Through music, prayer, and ritual, we will honor our suffering and, perhaps, open ourselves to the joy of the season. 

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The Awe Effect

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood

Awe is the feeling we get when something vast challenges our understanding of the world. Feeling awe can be a powerful spiritual experience because as Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner say: “it imbues us with a different sense of ourselves, seeing ourselves as part of something larger.” This service will invite us to reflect on awe and its power to help us grow spiritually by inspiring wonder and curiosity, reverence, kindness, and care for others and the world.

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

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What Does the Earth Require from Us?

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Led by Kathy Kerns and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser

Taking care of the earth is an important and almost universally shared value.  But  taking care of the earth is also a spiritual challenge as it may require at times that we be intentional and change our behavior so that we feel our actions are in alignment with our values.  This service considers how we can consider ways of “upping our game” in environmental stewardship, especially regarding plastic pollution and the environment.

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

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For All That Is Our Life

Photo by Brad Bolton, adapted

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman, DRE Colleen Thoele, and Worship Associate Sophie Grubb

Hymn #120 in Singing the Living Tradition invites us to practice gratitude: “For all that is our life, we give our thanks and praise; for all life is a gift which we are called to use to build the common good”. On this Sunday together as a community of all ages, we will celebrate Thanksgiving and renew our commitment to be grateful for all we have by telling stories, singing songs, and creating a gratitude tree.

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

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Paying Attention

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee

Poet Mary Oliver once said: “Attention is the beginning of devotion.” In her poem “Gratitude” Oliver poses eight questions that invite us to be fully present and to pay attention to the world around us. We will reflect on these eight questions as we explore November’s theme of “Attention” and how attention is the heart of the spiritual life as well as an invitation to live more fully.

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

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Wage Peace

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

Poet Judyth Hill invites us to “Wage peace”, to use our breath and our ears and our hands and our hearts to not only actively work for peace, but to act as if peace is already a reality. As we thank and honor our veterans for their service to our country on this Veteran’s Day, we will reflect on our sixth principle, the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.

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

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Calling All UU Superheros

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Jennifer May

Commissioner Steven has turned on the Chalice Signal: calling all UU Superheroes! In honor of our Treats and Talents auction with its theme of “SUUperheroes” this year, this service will be an invitation to bring your UUnique superpower and join other “SUUperheroes”, including UU Woman and the Yellow Lantern of Justice, in the work of building community and creating justice and peace.

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

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We Remember Them

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser

“So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.”  The words of this Reformed Jewish prayer remind us that our loved ones live on in our hearts as long as we remember them.  In keeping with the many spiritual traditions of remembrance during this time of the year, we will once again remember and honor our beloved dead with rituals and songs, love and tears. 

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

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Longing, Belonging, and Beloved

Sunday , October 20, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

Unitarian Universalists often use the phrase “Beloved Community”, a concept which was coined by Josiah Royce, who spoke of a community of memory and hope, and then enlarged by Martin Luther King Jr.  How does this vision of the world challenge us as a community to respond to the fundamental human longing to belong and be loved?  Following the second service, there will be a theme discussion group of the month’s Soul Matters theme of “Belonging”.

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

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