Category: Newsletter

Pastoral Letter #2 Regarding Coronavirus

March
12, 2020

Dear
Members and Friends,

I write to you this week as our nation and world continue to deal with the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. This is a challenging time, and you may be feeling concern or fear. That’s to be expected. This is not a situation to … read more.

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Worship Service: The Anchor of the Soul, Rev. Israel Buffardi. Hope has been called the anchor of the soul, yet hope is hard to find today for many of us. Together we will reflect on hope as an imperfect practice of working for our ideals, as they pass from generation to generation. 

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Worship Service: Building a Community of Communities. Paula Cole-Jones, Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees. Whether we consider faith formation, growth, social justice and/or dismantling white supremacy, Unitarian Universalists could use an identity update. This presentation embraces who we are and challenges who we think we are. Seeing ourselves as a Community of Communities changes our future and it is  key to the Beloved Community. Paula Cole Jones is the founder of ADORE (A Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity), a former president of DRUUMM (Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries) and our congregation’s Primary Contact in the Central East Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. There will be a workshop following the service from 12:30-2:30 pm.

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Worship Service: Resiliency Practices, Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees.
What are the practices that can help us build resiliency in terms of personal struggle and national or global crisis? Today we’ll share and seek some practical guidance for developing resiliency practices in our daily lives.

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Worship Service: Into Full Bloom,
Jim Beidler, Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees. The spiritual practice of generosity helps us and our community come into full bloom. When rooted in spiritual practice, giving has the power to liberate the giver and profoundly impact others. This morning we’ll share stories of how generosity has helped us flower.

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Worship Service: Why Talk About Class? Randy Newnham, Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees, Tracie Greth. When asked about their class background, most people in the United States describe themselves as middle class. Doctors, hourly workers, Ivy League graduates alike do this. Yet our different backgrounds offer different points of view and reference, and among UUs we are often reluctant to share or acknowledge these differences. Today we’ll share stories of class as a way to make space for more ways of being in our faith community.

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Worship Service: Creeds, Credos, and Covenants, Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees. Unitarian Universalism is non-creedal in its approach to religion. Instead we are covenantal, focusing on relationship in community, and on building individual credos that express our beliefs. This morning the youth group will join in sharing their credos. The monthly share-the-plate collection will benefit The Spectrum, which provides a safe, supportive, and empowering environment for LGBTQ+ youth.

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Worship Service: The 8th Principle, Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees. Unitarian Universalist has 7 beloved principles that guide our ethical and spiritual commitments. The 7 principles, however, have not adequately dismantled racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions. This morning in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, we’ll explore a proposed 8th principle and consider how it would help us build a diverse and multicultural Beloved Community.

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Worship Service: There is Always Potential for Healing, Rev. Sage Olnick. In healthcare, integrity is something we must protect to promote healing and restoration. Whether treating pain, disease, or degeneration we focus on interventions to restore the body. Even when their isn’t a cure for the problem, there is always potential for healing