This Sunday’s service: Reflections on Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman is a larger-than-life figure in American history, poetry, and literature, and the subject of exhaustive academic research and cultural analysis. His works are vast and are tremendously meaningful to many of us.

In our lay-led service this Sunday, July 27, titled “Walt Whitman’s Blessed Imperfection,” we will set aside the historical personage and the analysis and simply see if we can join Whitman in his open, fluid stance, observing the world as he did: just as it is, completely flawed and simultaneously completely whole. The service leader will be longtime church member Jennifer Revill.

Bring a favorite Whitman poem or passage if you like, or read aloud one that has been pre-selected. The Essex Harmony, artists in residence at the Danvers Historical Society, will provide some 19th-century a cappella musical accompaniment.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome. Our regular church services and Religious Exploration Program will resume on Sunday, September 7.

This Sunday’s service: Life lessons from musical theater

Brynner_1977_programThis Sunday, July 20, our lay-led summer service will be presented by church member Lois Markham on the topic of “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Musical Theater.” Here is her preview of what to expect:

When I saw the movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” at the age of 11, I was hooked for good on musical theater. I was enchanted by the music and entertained by the story, but most important I was transported into a world way beyond the insular homogenized environment of my North Shore upbringing. For close to 60 years, my love affair with musical theater has taught me some important lessons about the larger world I live in. During this service, I’ll share some of those insights with you as we enjoy some familiar and not-so-familiar songs from musical theater.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome. Our regular church services and Religious Exploration Program will resume on Sunday, September 7.

This Sunday’s service: “Gratitude”

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Longtime Northshore Church member Peter VanDeBogert will speak at the first of our lay-led summer services this Sunday, July 13, on the topic of “Gratitude.”

The service will offer a look at gratitude and spiritual beliefs and how these two concepts intersect in our lives as Unitarian Universalists. There will also be an opportunity to share.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome. Our regular church services and Religious Exploration Program will resume on Sunday, September 7.

Photo: “Gratitude,” (cc) by Viewminder, is published under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.

Celebrating Reverend Frieda’s six years as our minister

For an album of more than 100 photos from Reverend Frieda's final service, please click on the image above.

For an album of more than 100 photos from Reverend Frieda’s final service, please click on the image above.

Six years ago, the Reverend Frieda Gillespie became just our third settled minister since the founding of the Northshore UU Church in 1966. On June 15, at our last regular service of 2013-’14, we celebrated Reverend Frieda’s service. Frieda will be moving on later this summer; the church is currently seeking a part-time minister.

The service included gifts, a cake, and a big group photo. Among those attending were Frieda’s wife, Jennifer Long, and our minister emeritus, the Reverend Edwin Lynn. We thank Frieda for her years in our pulpit and wish her the best in whatever comes next.

This Sunday’s service: “Father’s Day and Letting Go”

Reverend Frieda Gillespie

Reverend Frieda Gillespie

Our final service of the regular 2013-’14 church year will be held this Father’s Day, June 15. The theme of the service will be “Father’s Day and Letting Go.” Some of our men will reflect on what being a father means to them. The Reverend Frieda Gillespie will reflect on our six years together. There will be a potluck reception after church to celebrate our time together and end the church year.

The service will be Reverend Frieda’s last at our church. Called to the ministry of Northshore UU in 2008, Reverend Frieda has served us ably. Unfortunately, our Board of Directors decided earlier this year that the budget can no longer support a full-time minister. Please come celebrate Frieda’s service.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Religious education classes for children and youth are offered most weeks, and visitors are always welcome.

Our lay-led series of summer services will begin in July, and will be posted here.

Photo (cc) by Kimberly and published under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.