August 30 & September 2015
Sunday Services at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
"Blending the Waters"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Carissa Fields
Our annual “blending of the waters” celebration, a ritual that reminds us of all that we bring to our congregation and how our contributions of time, talent and treasure come together to create something greater than we could ever achieve on our own. As is our custom, we will all bring a small amount of water from our summer travels, or even from our taps at home. After we each take a turn sharing from where our water comes and/or what it symbolizes, we will pour it into a common bowl as a way of acknowledging how our lives are held and blend in this place we call church. A service of meaningful connections for all ages.
"What does it mean to be a people of invitation?"
"The Apprentice: A Labor Day Meditation"
with member David Devonis; Celebrant: Bryan Helmus
Apprenticeship is one of the stages of work life that receives comparatively little attention in our world that values speed over patience and profit over craft. Yet examination of apprenticeship reveals many unique aspects of the way that work enters into the web of life, and may point a way toward lifelong learning and rejuvenation.
"I've Got Counters to Clean & Other Ways I Sleepwalk Through Life"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Andrea Quinn
Vacation over the summer revealed to Erin many of the tactics she uses to avoid listening to anything of substance in life. It also made clearer what wakes her up and invites her to be present. You're invited to take stock as well, or perhaps, like her, you have counters to clean or some other really good reason to be too busy for an examined life.
"The Invitation Before You"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Laura Berardi
When we choose to see the invitations always present in the world, we are more likely to extend our own invitations, too. To what are we being invited as Unitarian Universalists? And how might we accept and extend those invitations more often?
"Religion 3.0: The Evidential Reformation"
with special guest Rev. Michael Dowd and Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Bill Allen
Human cultures have always looked to collective intelligence for discerning facts and values. Is religion up to the task of integrating the best sources of evidence available today? The Rev. Michael Dowd, who will share this service with Mark, is the author of the bestselling, bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution, which was endorsed by 6 Nobel laureates and other science luminaries, along with noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum.