August 18

Dancing in the Eye of the Storm
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: LUUX Aeterna

Singer and activist Brandi Carlile says, "You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you're standing in the eye [of the storm]." Given the intense and steadily increasing acts of hate-motivated gun violence in our country, how do we find that eye, that space to do something as co-creative and life giving as dancing, as working for change with love, not hate and fear, until it comes? Rev. Deborah Cayer leads this morning's worship. LUUX Aeterna provides the morning's special music. 

 


 

August 11, 2019

How The Light Gets In
Rev. Jim Magaw

The late singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen wrote about the experience of darkness in profound and creative ways. But, at the heart of many of his songs and poems was a message of hope and perseverance in spite of the hopelessness all around. This service will explore the music and theology of Leonard Cohen.

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August 4, 2019

The Promise and the Practice
Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack with Rev. Jacqueline Brett and Rev. Deborah Cayer

What would it be like if our UU worship service reflected entirely the voices and experiences of Black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might we learn about ourselves and our faith? What becomes possible in Unitarian Universalism beyond one service? Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) and the Promise and the Practice of our faith.

 


 

July 28, 2019

Speaking of Loss
Revs. Deborah Cayer & Stacy Grove
Music: Paul Baerman

We experience losses small and great throughout our lives. In this service, we'll create a holding space for loss and explore ways to connect with others in healthy, life-giving ways around it. Rev. Stacy Grove and Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leaders. Paul Baerman and friends provide the morning's music.


July 21, 2019

Experiencing Unitarian Universalist Theology in the Gray Hymnal
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Eric Thomas

The hymnal Singing the Living Tradition, aka the Gray Hymnal, is a ubiquitous fixture in UU congregations. Its hymns and readings embody a broad diversity of spiritual messages compiled from a vast array of sources and serving an equally wide array of needs.

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July 14, 2019

We Laugh, We Cry, We Live, We Die
Kristi Chilton, Pam DiLavore, Nancy Powell
Music: Trilght, Don Hartman

Amy Leigh Mercree says “If you look at the creation of the earth, you’ll see that all the forces of physics combined to create an ebb and flow that keeps everything running in a continuous, harmonious circle of life.” The vocal group Trilight, Kristi Chilton, Pam DiLavore, Nancy Powell will present a service of music and reflections celebrating the circle of birth, growth, and death. Don Hartman, guest pianist

July 7, 2019

Through a Prism of Poetry: Beauty in Six Forms
Rev. Jacqueline Brett

Unitarian Universalists have long held a love for poetry, the reading of which is important in our liturgy and to many as a spiritual practice. This Sunday we extend our consideration of beauty through a thought-provoking prism of six poems, expressed by Henry Amador-Batten, Dominique Grimes-Medlin, Lisa Jones, Simon Kaplan, and Joan Tilghman. We also welcome back to ERUUF James Rice, our pianist this summer.

 


June 30, 2019

The Beauty of Our Differences
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: The Maudlin Brothers

When we’re first drawn to someone new, it’s natural to look for all the things we have in common, all the ways we’re the same. But is this really the best way to truly know another person? Is there any danger in staying at this first level of awareness? For whom? If so, how do we create something different? 

June 23, 2019

True Radiance
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Paul Baerman

The Irish poet and mystic, John O’Donohue, says that beauty is playful and unpredictable, and that in its presence our own self-importance is subverted. What role might beauty play in our spiritual life? 

 


June 9, 2019

Saving Beauty  
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: River Folk

What do you do when the troubles of the world crowd in too close? What pulls you back from feeling overwhelmed, even at times from despair? Is it possible that beauty might not only inspire us, but also assemble us, and turn us toward a saving hope?  

 


June 16, 2019

Revolution or Apocalypse
Rev. Nato Hollister

The science is clear: we have about 10 years to avert the climate crisis and ensuing ecological collapse. We know that we cannot continue life as usual, but what can we do? What must we do? Join us in exploring what is demanded of our spirits, our efforts, and our future with social transformation minister Rev. Nathan "Nato" Hollister.


June 2, 2019

The Movements of Our Hands
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Eno River Singers

Hafiz, the 12th-century Persian mystic poet wrote, "The movements of our hands help build the Unseen. We add to the universe by our efforts." During this Sunday's service, we'll explore the ways in which we co-create with the Unseen, we'll celebrate our volunteers, and enjoy the music of the Eno River Singers. Worship Associate: Henry Amador-Batten.