The Day the Flowers Rebelled

Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson.

What if the flowers rebelled? Join us as we tell the story of what happened the day the flowers refused to bloom and no one- bees, humans, hummingbirds, other animals and plants, even the summer wind- was quite sure what to do. Our time together will also include the flower ceremony, a uniquely Unitarian Universalist ritual created by Rev. Norbert Capek in Czechoslovakia in 1923, during which we will share flowers virtually.

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The Premise and the Promise

Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10 AM

First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque.
Photo by Denis Paul.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Randy Bish.

After 100 years of attempts at merger, in 1961 the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America consolidated to become the Unitarian Universalist Association. This service will tell the story of how our denomination began sixty years ago, offer a critique of our movement and its struggles with finances, growth, and racial justice through the years, and reflect on a vision of who the UUA could be in the 21st century.

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Music Sunday: Church of What We Know

Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Music Director Hal Walker and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson with special musical guest Peter Mayer.

Peter Mayer is best known for writing one of the UU hymn favorites, Blue Boat Home.  Peter will be sharing songs and a sermon called “Church of What We Know” about the story that science tells about our universe—a story about the Big Bang and the evolution of life—and how we can develop a spiritual connection to that story.

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More about Peter . . . Minnesota’s Peter Mayer has been singing and songwriting full-time for 25 years, performing in venues across the United States and beyond. He writes songs for a small planet–songs about interconnectedness and the human journey–songs about life on earth and the mysterious and wondrous fact of our existence. He also writes songs about dress hats, pumpkins and pajamas, and even love and freight trains just like a good folk musician should. His music has been performed by artists like Kathy Mattea, David Wilcox, Claudia Schmidt, Anne Hills, Priscilla Herdman, Darryl Purpose, Billy Jonas, and Ronny Cox, to name a few. His work has been included in song books, church hymnals, and folk radio playlists across the country. Peter has eleven albums to his credit, and has sold over 100,000 of them. He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota with his wife and two daughters.

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Speaking for the Trees

Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele and Rev. Steven Protzman

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” As we celebrate Earth Day, we will use Dr. Seuss’s story “The Lorax” to reflect on our relationship with the earth. We will also ask how the UU Seventh Principle, the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are each a part, asks us to speak not only for the trees, but to cherish all of the natural world.

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The Company We Keep

Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen.

The song “We Shall Be Known” by MaMuse says that we shall be known by the company we keep. As we explore April’s Soul Matters theme of “Becoming”, let’s ask together: Who are we seeking to become in this next chapter of our history? Who will we invite to join us on this journey and to share our ministries and our spaces, including Hobbs Hall? And what can stuffies teach us about doing church?

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Awake, Arise, and Rejoice!

Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman, DRE Colleen Thoele, and Worship Associate Randy Bish.

Spring is a time of many religious holidays with celebrations that invite us to reflect on life’s power to renew itself. With songs, stories, and readings we will tell stories of Easter, a story of life overcoming death; Passover, the story of a people who arose and journeyed to freedom, and Spring, which invites us to rejoice as the earth awakens itself once again. As part of our celebration, we will have a virtual Easter bonnet parade.

Join us Sunday, April 4, 2021 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service is below. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name.  Thank you!

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We See You

Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman along with Jacob Nash and Kevyn Breedon.

As we begin our year long program of renewing our status as a UUA Welcoming Congregation, today we will celebrate the Transgender Day of Visibility. UUCK member Kevyn Breedon and guest speaker Jacob Nash, co-founder and President of Margie’s Hope, will share some of the stories of their life’s journeys with us, tell us about some of the issues transgender people face every day, and invite us to join in the work of seeking equality for transgender people.

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We Are One

Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Mirkin-McGee and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen.

Sunday, March 21st, is World Poetry Day.  This service will showcase poetry from across the globe;  poems from all of the inhabited continents of the world.  Come join us for a celebration of poetry that demonstrates we are all, indeed, one global community.

Join us Sunday, March 21, 2021 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service is below. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name.  Thank you!

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The Fire of Commitment

Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood.

The song in our teal hymnal “The Fire of Commitment” says that our future begins when we have “deep assurance of the flame that burns within”.  With readings and songs we will explore the fire of commitment as a beacon of light and hope guiding us on our journey, as a song that inspires us to be brave and continue the struggle for freedom, and as a symbol that challenges us to do the work of justice. 

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Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going?

Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 10:00 AM

A virtual service led the Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns.

As we begin our annual pledge campaign with its theme of “Imagine the places we’ll go”, we’ll take time to look at where we’ve come from and where we imagine ourselves going in the next year.  We’ll celebrate what we’ve achieved in the past year, reflect on the dreams we’ve shared for our future, and answer the invitation to share our gifts, our money, and our time so that we can continue our journey into a future we’ll create together.  

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A Time to Heal or a Call to Action?

Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Heidi Shaffer Bish.

What do you want from your church – renewed hope, spiritual growth, connection? This worship service will focus on two juxtaposed reasons: inner uplift and healing relative to a rallying call for social action. We will unpack the challenges of a church community in meeting our inner emotional needs while addressing the needs of those beyond our walls.

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Just a Touch of Love

Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Eric van Baars.

Have you ever heard the old folk tale about the village that needed a new meeting hall? It’s a tale of disagreements, and greed, and forgetting what matters most. It’s a strange tale too, because it doesn’t have an ending! In this sermon and service, purchased by Eric van Baars at our Service Auction, we’re going to tell the story and using our imaginations and hopes for our future, we’re going to write our own ending together!

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Now What?

Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Diana Van Winkle.

As our nation begins a new chapter of its history, we continue to wrestle with the reality that our country is deeply divided. Is healing possible and what about accountability? What do we do now? How does Unitarian Universalism guide us in finding our way forward? Together we will wrestle with these difficult questions, discern who our faith asks us to be in the days to come, and how we can create a new story together.

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A New Rising Fire

Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori Mirkin-McGee.

It is the time of Imbolc, the Pagan festival that celebrates the growing light and the promise of the earth awakening once again. It is also the festival of Brigid, the Celtic goddess of fire, spring, healing, and poetry. As we celebrate Brigid and Imbolc with stories, songs, and rituals, we will invite Brigid’s fire of creativity to rise inside us and guide us in bringing peace, justice, and hope to the world.

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