Religion: Living at the Empty Heart of Paradox

We tend to flock together, sitting like with like, staying with what is familiar and thus comfortable. Yet religion challenges us to grow, which we can really only do by stretching, moving beyond what we know, and out of what is comfortable. So if we like being comfortable, why do we come to church? We’ll explore together how, in order to be true to life, religion must also be paradoxical.
Worship Assistant: Krista Flanagan

Finding Your Voice

Life presents us with challenges that are outside of our control. But even when we’re feeling overwhelmed, we can have a sense of agency as we strive to improve our situation. Through the lens of mental illness, we will explore together a journey away from confusion and pain, and healed by understanding and love.
Worship Assistant: Valerie Howells

Water Communion

It’s time to regather for the official kickoff to the new church year! If you like, bring a small sample of water that represents your summer – whether from a puddle or your garden hose, a beautiful lake, or the bathroom faucet at a place of healing. We’ll mingle the waters together to represent the coming together of our faith community. All are welcome. Pitchers of water will also be provided.
Worship Assistants: Worship Team

Building Beauty

It’s the beginning of our third year together – how are we going to focus our energy this year? We’ll be taking a look at what we’ve done over the past two years, and what we’re poised to accomplish together moving forward. What can we do to set our intentions toward building the beautiful Beloved Community?
Worship Assistant: Krista Flanagan

Days of Awe: Rosh Hashanah

Join us for the first part of our recognition of the Jewish High Holy Days – the Days of Awe, which start with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and end ten days later with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). In Jewish tradition, this is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur. How might we, as Unitarian Universalists, enter into this practice of reconciliation and forgiveness? Let this be an invitation to apply these deep spiritual practices to our own lives.
Worship Assistant: David Yaeger
UUCE choir debut, Tom Steffens directing

Days of Awe: Yom Kippur

Join us for the second part of our recognition of the Jewish High Holy Days – the Days of Awe, which start with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and end ten days later with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). In Jewish tradition, this is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur. How might we, as Unitarian Universalists, enter into a practice of reconciliation and forgiveness? Let this be an invitation to apply these deep spiritual practices to our own lives.
Worship Assistant: Anne Clough