July, August, and a bit of September 2017
(all services begin at 10:30 unless otherwise stated)
Worship Theme: What does it mean to be a Community of Connection?
July 2 “Old Time Religion”
Rev. Joan Montagnes
Love gospel music but not so keen on the theology? Then let’s dump the junk and have some fun with a good old-fashioned hymn sing. Suspend your disbelief, skepticism, and criticism just long enough to open your heart to joy. Connect to the past.
July 9 “Our Whole Lives”
The birds and the bees may be around for the summer, but understanding and honoring – and reveling in - our innate sexuality is something that can give us joy in all the seasons of our whole lives.
July 16 “Bridging Journeys”
Within a community where you are known and comfortable, you might not have to make many, if any, personal changes. But what if you want to be in community with people whose life experiences are very different from your own? What personal journeys might you have to take in order to be in community?
July 23 “Imagine a World”
Rev. Fran Manly and Doug Yoeman
John Lennon’s “Imagine” invites us to imagine a world where (among other things) all the people live in peace, where all the people live as one. It holds up a powerful vision of connection in a world where people seem more divided than ever. The longing expressed in the song is deep, and goes back centuries. But is imagination enough to take us there? Through story, song, and reflection, we’ll search for the deep connections that the song invites us to imagine.
July 30 “Interdependence”
Rev. John Rex
Consider how our very independent selves might best function as components of the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.
August 6 “Prayers of Resistance”
In these anxious times, many UUs are taking part in direct activism for the first time. They are discovering how empowering protest is, but also how challenging and even devastating it can be. How do we sustain ourselves as we do the hard work? Can the way that we connect as a community help us through? In this service, we’ll consider the ideas and relationships that support us in our holy work for justice.
August 13 “Connecting the Dots”
Just as the stars of the night sky form the constellations when we connect them in certain orders, the connection of the events and people in our lives reveal the beautiful person we have become. Understanding the relationships between different ideas, people, and experiences will help us to continue shaping our values.
August 20 “String Theory”
Rev. Joan Montagnes
String theory attempts to unify the forces in the universe into one unified theory. Stephen Hawking famously said that such a theory would be “the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God”. Wow.
August 27 “Soul Shine”
Connections are manifested in the mind’s eye long before our time here on Earth. Our mother is our connection to our human experience, but does our soul choose the Earth mother to connect us to our spiritual experience?
September 3 “Love's Labors”
As UU's we value our energy and efforts toward social justice, compassion and inclusion. Where did this history come from and where is it going?