September 2019 Worship Services

SEPTEMBER MINISTRY THEME: EXPECTATION

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

“The Labor of Love”

Rev. Rae Chen Huang, preaching
Abby Arnold, Worship Associate 

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am

In a world where hate too often defines our politics and society, love must be the guiding force that leads us back to humanity and integrity. The Rev. Rae Chen Huang returns to share with us her answers to the question, “What can the labor movement teach the faith community about love?”

The Rev. Rae Chen Huang is lead organizer on housing and homeless for LA Voice and an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has a Masters of Divinity from Boston University-School of Theology and a Masters of Theology from Duke Divinity. She has more than 13 years of experience working in non-profit, ecumenical, and interfaith contexts domestically and abroad, ranging from organizing youth and families on healthcare and street violence issues to her chaplaincy work in street, university, and hospital settings. She also works with Kaleidoscope Institute, training faith leaders and clergy in anti-racism work and leadership, and provides mediation support for communities and schools.

 


 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Meet our new Developmental Minister!

“Embarking on the Journey”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am

We are beginning to take our first steps together on a spiritual journey. Developmental ministry invites us into a period of adventure, challenge, contemplation, and discovery. It will require all of us to stretch our imaginations, open our hearts even wider, and do the deep work of creating beloved community together. This Sunday, I hope to share some of my story and my hopes for the exciting path we have embarked upon.

We’re excited to welcome the Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae as our new Developmental Minister. To learn more about him, click here. 

 


 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

“Now What Do I Say?”

Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
Natalie Kahn, Worship Associate 

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am

The power of personal narrative is that it provides opportunities to bond and create community. Working in community with a diverse group of people means that all present will be in a richer, more fertile environment. How do we do that? Storytelling is a powerful tool for creating empathy, facilitating healing, and inspiring action. Sometimes before we tell our stories we have to remove foot from mouth, back track, rewind, apologize, or simply take our chins off the floor. This morning we will start a conversation about how to do that with some grace.

The Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins is a trans-traditional spiritual leader who works with groups from many faith traditions. She is an author, a consultant to mission driven organizations, and a member of our beloved community.

Dozens of our members will gather at our annual de Benneville Pines weekend – and hold a service this morning at our mountain camp.

 


 

Sunday, September 22, 2019Filling the glass

“Ingathering Water Communion”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Cassie Winters, Worship Associate

UPDATE: ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am

Enter, Rejoice, and Come In! As we continue offering a single service each Sunday at 10:00 am, we gather again in love. Many Unitarian Universalist congregations hold a water communion at the end of the summer, and participants of all ages bring “living waters” from wherever their travels led them and mingle them for later use by the congregation in ceremonies, such as a child dedication. It’s amazing that water molecules never stop existing. Bring a small container of water from home or from your travels to mingle in a communion bowl.

BLESSING OF THE WATERThis water is sacred. It is made sacred by the many hands that have poured it with intention and love, the many stories that each drop contains, the many lives surrounding it in this unique moment, connected by commitment and faith. This water is sacred. May it continue to flow through this community, with shining reflections of the unique gifts that flow through each of its members. ~ Ranwa Hammamy

 


 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

“A Boundless Light”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Rima Snyder, Worship Associate

UPDATE: ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am

In studying religion, one discovers a multitude of theologies, doctrines, and dogmas that have profoundly impacted humanity. At times, they’ve been the sources of schisms and bloodshed. At other times, they’ve spread love and justice in the world. This Sunday, we will consider a liberal religious doctrine that stands out as one of the most important and controversial theological doctrines ever articulated.

 

 

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