April 24 & May 2016
Sunday Services at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
"What does it mean to be a people of blessing?"
"'Yes, and...' - the Art of Improv Blessing"
with Rev. Karen Hering, consulting literary minister, Unity Church-Unitarian, St Paul, MN;
Celebrant: Bill Allen
Improv performances are based on a simple formula of saying “yes” to whatever is given — a word, a scenario, an action — and adding to it to create a rich story of shared authorship. Far from the panacea of positive thinking, this challenging practice can be useful when living through significant change, especially in community. It can be a form of blessing that offers us the authority to change the story while accepting what is given. The Rev. Karen Hering, author of Writing to Wake the Soul (Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2013), returns to our pulpit. On her last visit, she also led a “Communicating for Change” workshop for activists. Copies of her book will be available for purchase after the service, with proceeds supporting First Unitarian of Des Moines. www.karenhering.com
"Love, No Matter What"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich
In preparation of becoming parents, Rev. Erin and her husband have been listening to a series of TED talks called "Advice to Help You Be a Great Parent”. What makes for great parenting of our own children or of those in our community? With our monthly theme of Blessing in May, let us consider how we we bless children as loving adults in their lives.
"Giving and Receiving"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Carissa Fields
UU minister Jaco ten Hove writes, "I may lift up and articulate well the principle of interdependence, but then live out of an exaggerated independence. To the extent that any of us are able to ask for help, we invite that life-giving spirit to join us on our path when the going gets rough.” How might we lean into our beliefs through our actions?
Coming of Age Service
with the Coming of Age Youth; Celebrant: Lizzie Mora
Celebrate our 8th graders as they end a year of seeking out answers and discovering new questions about faith through the Coming of Age program.
"A Call to Authenticity"
with Rev. Linda Barnes; Celebrant: Elaine Imlau
We all struggle to know ourselves honestly and fully. Join Rev. Linda Barnes in exploring the spiritual practice of recognizing the inner voice that invites you to your unique role in the larger world. .