Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff-Wood
Eleanor Brownn says: “When you take time to replenish your spirit it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” September’s Soul Matters theme is renewal, which invites us to reflect on the need to care for our bodies and spirits with rest. Together we will reflect on some of the ways we can take time to renew ourselves so that we are strengthened for the journey. During this service, we will also commission and bless our RE teachers as a new year of religious education begins
A virtual service led by Elizabeth Reilly, CLM Candidate and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns.
Who couldn’t benefit from some lightening of the spirit? The spiritual practice of play belongs to all of us, not just human children. What playful activity transports you, brings you joy, provides your spirit with respite and renewal? Let’s celebrate playing for its radical power
to resist succumbing to the heaviness of our hurting world and time, while we explore why it is necessary to the well-being of body, mind and soul.
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman, DRE Colleen Thoele, and Worship Associate Evian Rome.
The Pat Humphries song “Swimming to the Other Side” reminds us that we are all journeying together and that we are intimately connected with each other. As we return from our summer adventures bringing water and stories to share, this festive service of ingathering and a virtual water communion invites us to bring our lives, our struggles, our hopes and our dreams to this community and join our lives together once again.
A virtual service led by Rev. Christie Anderson, Kathy Kerns, and Vivien Sandlund.
The road to freedom and equality can be long, and the journey can yield both successes and disappointments. Today’s service marks the 100 year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote nationally. We present the exciting story of the women’s suffrage movement, and reflect on the longer women’s journey toward full equality in American society.
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser
John Pavlovitz writes: “the real story is that there is a balance in this living; something born with each thing that dies, something found for each thing lost.” In this in-between time with all its uncertainty, there are things we have each lost but also things we have found or discovered about our lives and ourselves. Together we will reflect on our lost and found lives and share what we are learning about living with a pandemic.
We will also do our annual backpack blessing during this service.
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Heidi Emhoff Wood.
It has been said “All politics is identity politics”. In this sermon and service, purchased by Joel Slater at our Service Auction, we will explore how identity politics has created more division in our country. We’ll also examine how it informs Unitarian Universalism and calls us to work towards our vision to be an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural institution and our sixth principle, the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Yehle Bowen
Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh, is a Pagan celebration that marks the first harvest of fruits, grains and vegetables. As we honor our sixth source of spiritual wisdom, earth-centered traditions which teach us celebrate the sacred circle of life and to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature, we will give thanks for the earth’s abundance and reflect on the importance of nurturing our spiritual lives to have strength for life’s journey.
Led by Swanny Voneida and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser
My family and I left Hawaii when I was 8 1/2 years old, 3 weeks before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I met Ted Voneida, my husband during the Korean War. Together, we protested the many unnecessary wars after that. Our Japanese friends led us to understand the tole of war on their country as well. Now Japan is our ally, showing peace is possible if we are wise.
A virtual service led by Elaine Yehle Bowen and Worship Associate Lori McGee.
Exploring a religion you know little about is a bit like putting your toe in the water to test how comfortable it might be. I put my toe into the waters of Judaism last summer and liked what I felt. This is my story of exploration and understanding of Judaism through a curious UU’s lens.
A virtual service led by Trudy Diehl and Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood
Being licensed foster parents is calling near to the hearts of the Diehl family. In this service, Trudy Diehl will share how fostering has changed her view on family and the needs of our society to better support families to stay together. She will also share how fostering Heidi Emhoff Wood has strengthened her family’s commitment to the UU Principles and served as an opportunity to express them in our daily lives.
A virtual service led by Nicole Penny and Worship Associate Lori McGee.
The COVID-19 pandemic has my family, a family who considers ourselves to be a “church” family, not going to church or participating in many church groups because we don’t have a physical building to go to. We haven’t turned our backs on church, but we have a hard time participating. Yet, we live our faith and find ways to create justice in our personal worlds. We still live our principles and find our peace. This service will discuss the hardships of living faith in the pandemic. It will discuss how a little creativity can still bring faith and peace into a Unitarian Universalist home.
A virtual service led by Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns.
Thanks to my husband’s intrepid curiosity, we had the rare and extraordinary opportunity to spend time with a man who was walking across America pulling a cart with a sign strapped to it reading “Love Life.” This worship service will highlight the lesson learned about encountering strangers based on whose shoes we’re in.