Upcoming Sermons

October 2016

Sunday Services at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m., unless noted

October's Theme:
"What does it mean to be a community of healing?"

October 2
"Thou and I" 
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Lyra Halsten

If Martin Buber, the 20th century Jewish existentialist philosopher, was correct in his assertion that human life finds meaningfulness in relationships (specifically in  “I-Thou” rather than “I-It” encounters), how are we to find meaning right now when so many of us seem so divided and unwilling to encounter the “Thou” in those with whom we disagree.  As we begin a month of considering what it means to be a community of healing, Mark will consider the possibilities.

October 9
"The Bonds that Bind Each to All"
with Rev. Mary Katherine Morn & Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Jon Royal

Mark Morrison-Reed reminds us that the “central task of religion is to unveil the bonds that bind each to all.”  The unveiling is, in and of itself, a healing—of disconnection, loneliness, alienation. We will explore the practice of unveiling these bonds in our shared life and our individual spiritual practice.  Sharing the pulpit with Mark this morning will be the Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, Director of Stewardship and Development and Special Assistant to the President for the Unitarian Universalist Association. Previous to taking on this ministry two years ago, Mary Katherine served for 27 years in parish ministry, serving small, mid-size,
and large congregations.  She has been a mentor over the years to both of our ministers and is an excellent preacher. Don't miss her!

October 16
"Sexual Healing"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Elaine Imlau

One in three women and one in four men are sexually violated at some point in their lives, with the majority of transgressions occurring before the age of 12. This means we have either experienced this ourselves or know someone who has. It also means we likely know perpetrators or may have hurt others ourselves. And yet, this reality remains mostly hidden. In a month focused on healing, let us ask ourselves what healing might look like for us as individuals and as a society.

October 23
"Forgetting to Heal?"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Garrett McGuire

What if we could simply choose to forget the memories that haunt us?  Would we?  What might we gain and what might we lose if we did? Considering that forgetting doesn’t seem to be an option that most of us can choose, what else might we do to pursue healing in our lives from the regrets and challenges of our past so that we might live more courageously in our present?

October 30
"We Remember Them: A Festival of Remembrance Service"
with Rev. Mark Stringer & Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Terry Meek

For this, our traditional end-of-October service of remembrance to honor those who have died and to celebrate the continuity of life, we will together create an altar adorned with items that we think would be beautiful to our departed loved ones. All who attend are encouraged to bring photos, mementos, special items, etc. that can be placed on the altar early in the service (before the children are sung to their classes). Reflections will be shared about those from our church family who have died since last October—Jeanne Bowles, David Hurd, Phyllis Briley, Eileen Lundberg, Shirley Atkin, Des Bragg, and Carol Evans —and we will light candles acknowledging others we hold dear in our memory. A tender service of recognition, affirmation and celebration of this precious life we share.