For our annual Flower Communion, we each bring a flower (or several), fill vases and baskets with them, and after blessing the flowers and each other, choose a flower that someone else brought and bring it home. (There will be plenty of extras for those who didn’t know or forgot–a living example of abundance!) It’s a beauty-filled, joy-filled intergenerational service built around a ritual that has been practiced in Unitarian Universalist churches since the 1920s. Music: Sarah Kirton, Scandinavian music
Can beauty indeed save the world, as a character in Dostoevsky suggested? Maybe it depends what we mean by beauty. Let’s immerse ourselves in the beautiful today and see what we discover. Music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, piano
In our UU churches, we increasingly aspire to mission statements that can guide us in all our actions and keep us focused on our ideals. What if we ran our country in the same way? What would America’s mission statement look like? Surprise! — it’s already right under our noses, just waiting to be lifted up in time for this year’s July 4th. Music: Ruth Huber, piano
“Know thyself,” said one of the inscriptions of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, and Socrates considered it a foundation of all wisdom. But it’s not easy to know ourselves honestly. One person who can help is the writer Kazuo Ishiguro, whose intimate explorations of self-deception have garnered him this year’s Nobel Prize. Perhaps the Nobel Committee recognizes that knowing ourselves is one of the great challenges of our time. Feeling brave with me? Let’s peel away some layers of self-deception and see what we find. Music: The Season of Us, jazz duo
Our service is devoted to the thoughts and words of Albert Schweitzer, distinguished in the fields of theology, philosophy, medicine, music, and most of all perhaps, as one of the moral giants of the twentieth century. Drew Oman, Miriam Pokharel-Wood and Brian Weller will provide the readings. Since Schweitzer was an authority on J. S. Bach, the choir will present special music from Bach.
In our intergenerational Easter service, Dan tells the Easter story as his Unitarian mother relayed it to him, and Amy suggests some practices that may make resurrection a reality in our daily lives. Our pianist, Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, provides special music along with the By Your Side Singers, our new group that offers pastoral care through song. Join us for the Easter Egg Hunt after the first service.
The challenge posed by literalists of every stripe: from the September 11 jihadists to your sweet aunt in Kansas who loves Jesus and Ted Cruz, all of which greatly challenge our own self-perceptions of being as “liberal” as we think we are. Our guest takes on the task of “translating” literalist belief structures to come to some kind of equanimity in our own understanding and “tolerance” of them. Worship Leader: Andrew Hidas
We are invited by the UU principles to use reason as a way of exploring the world. But does this necessarily mean that something that cannot be proved by reason is garbage? Kurt Goedel proved, using the tools of logic, that any system of reasoning will contain true statements that cannot be proved within the system. So there is garbage, but also truth, in the unproven. Is it possible, or even reasonable, that over tens of thousands of years of human evolution we may have developed some non-logical ways of recognizing truth? And does this open the door to God?
Worship Leader: Steve Johnson
Worship Associate: Brian Weller
Within the treasury of Jewish sacred literature there has been an en- during quest for navigating difficult, seemingly unbridgeable points of view with compassion and understanding. A selection of the fruit of this search will be held up for scrutiny. Can these thoughtful tools guide … read more.