Rev. Dan Harper

Coming of Age

As young people at UUCPA come of age, they spend several months together in reflection on the questions adult UUs grapple with, meet with mentors from the congregation, and articulate their own beliefs in a credo project. They will share their credos and lead the service today. Music: Karen Vandyke, flute

Flower Communion

For this intergenerational service, please bring a flower to exchange in our annual ritual. Dan will tell the story of how the Flower Celebration came to be, and we will fill the hall with flowers. We’ll have plenty of extras for those who forget or don’t know about the ritual in advance. We will also welcome new members during this service. Music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, piano

Roll Away the Stone! (Easter)

What weighty thing stands, seemingly immovably, between you and new life? Let’s roll it away and be amazed!
Amy gives the sermon, Dan tells the Easter story, and Liz Russ, who has sung for our Christmas Eve services, gives us special music in this intergenerational service. Special Music: Liz Russ, soprano

Life in a Judean Village in the Year 29

Unitarian Universalists have our own unique take on the figure of Jesus. What little historical record that is left shows clearly he was Jewish (not Christian), and that he lived under the oppressive colonial rule of the Roman Empire. In our view, he was not a god, and so we see him as a human who was fully immersed in the contemporary problems of his place and time. This is what we teach children in our popular “Judean Village” program, and the results are interesting, to say the least. Music: Ihang Lin

Why Do We Do THAT in the Sunday Service?

Join Dan Harper and Castor Fu as they investigate why we do what we do in our Sunday services. Why do we sing hymns? Why do we have announcements? Why is there usually (but not always) a sermon? Castor and Dan will talk about the historic roots of different parts of the service, and explore the contemporary pragmatic realities of why we do what we do.

Flower Communion

For this intergenerational service, please bring a flower to exchange in our annual ritual. Dan will tell the story of how the Flower Celebration came to be, and we will take home a flower brought by someone else, like the inspiration and strength we receive from others. (Forgot a flower? Don’t worry, there are always more than enough–bring yourself!) — Worship Associate: Autumn Vandiver

Easter Service – The Habit of Resurrection

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.