April 2019 Worship Services

March Ministry Theme: WHOLENESS

Join us each Sunday as we celebrate and worship as a community.

April 7, 2019

“Belum”

SERVICES AT 9 AM AND 11 AM

Rev. Greg Ward, preaching
Rima Snyder, Worship Associate

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once talked about our quest for stability and permanence, with the pain that is inevitable in a world that never stops unfolding and evolving. He said, “The only thing constant in this world is change.” Buddhists have a similar take, citing “impermanence” as a more accurate descriptor of what we often call “reality.” This is what led them to the third noble truth which describes suffering as brought about by attachment to the way things are. Before we can get to this month’s theme of Wholeness, we have to learn to accept change. “Belum,” by the way, is an Indonesian word which means “Not Quite Yet” — as in, “not quite finished.”

April 14, 2019

Passover Service:  Do Not Pass Me By

SERVICES AT 9 AM AND 11 AM

Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
Abby Arnold, Worship Associate

The Jewish holy week of Passover is a commemoration of deliverance and liberation. The Passover Seder is a ceremony eaten with a special meal where the stories of that first liberation are remembered. Passover holds meaning for each of us as we reflect on our personal liberation stories. What kind of bondage impedes your Wholeness: Physical? Psychological? Social? What do you need to free yourself? What might you do to support the liberation of others? Join us as we remember, reflect, and renew.

April 21, 2019

Easter Service: The Easter Exam

SERVICES AT 9 AM AND 11 AM

Rev. Greg Ward, preaching
Abby Arnold, Worship Associate

One of the great things about Unitarian Universalists is the freedom we enjoy in choosing our own beliefs. Having emerged in the religious world as people who were persecuted for not automatically aligned with the orthodoxy, we’ve assumed a certain pride in bucking religious trends. And, although a great many UUs may not use the religious descriptor “Christian” to describe themselves, there is a certain glee ALL UUs find in Easter that comes from watching the minister attempt the impossible task of explaining Easter to a crowded room of people who don’t agree. But the conundrum of Easter is larger than one minister, or all UUs — even larger than Christianity.  

April 28, 2019

All in the Same Boat – Now What?

SERVICES AT 9 AM AND 11 AM

Robin Stillwater, preaching
Alison Kendall, Worship Associate

Our beautiful Blue Boat Home, the one we prayerfully sing about, is in jeopardy. How do we approach the enormous threats in an effective, collaborative way? How can we act both locally and globally? How do we discuss climate change as an element of class and cultural oppression? Honoring Earth Day, you might take a look at the 2018-19 UU Common Read, Justice on Earth.

Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom (Skinner House Books, 2018). Copies of the book are available in Forbes Hall on Sundays and online from uuabookstore.org. A discussion guide is at https://www.uua.org/books/read

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