September 25 & October 2016
Sunday Services at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m., unless noted
"What does it mean to be a community of covenant?"
"Promises We Keep"
with Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs; Celebrant: Barb Martin
Rather than asking that you be bound to a set of specific beliefs, Unitarian Universalism invites you “to dare to love God without mediator or veil.” Our community invites you into a way of being religious that centers on the covenantal question; what shall we promise each other and in what interest?
Our guest minister this morning, the Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs, is Co-Minister of Unity Church-Unitarian in Saint Paul, Minnesota where he and his wife and partner-in-ministry, Janne, have served for the past 16 years. He is a member of the UUA Board of Trustees, a former President of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and a devoted advocate for the efficacy of congregational life. He and Janne are the parents of three grown children and of their grandson Lewis of whom they are inordinately proud.
"What does it mean to be a community of healing?"
"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.
"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!
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.
"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?
"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.