This Sunday’s Service – Once We Know, We Can’t Turn Away: The Truth About Solitary Confinement

July 22 Service at 10:30 AM

Bernadette Orr

I recently had the privilege of leading a retreat for a group of activists and organizers working to end the practice of solitary confinement. What I learned shocked and saddened me deeply. I was also profoundly moved to meet people who have dedicated their lives to ending this practice which amounts to nothing less than torture in our prisons. As we confront the impacts of locking people away without any other human contact, we open our eyes and hearts to the humanity we share with all individuals, including those in prison.

This Sunday’s Service – Worth Fighting For

July 1 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

On July 1, 1863, the United States of America was divided and at war in the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; General Lee’s northward advance was halted by the Union Army. At times we worry about the current status of our divided nation, but what can we learn from looking back at the Civil War? Was God on the battlefield or turned off at the sight of brother fighting brother? What wisdom might we gain from the tumult of that era? What ounce of hope encouraged those Americans to not give up? What was worth fighting for then and what is worth fighting for now?

This Sunday’s Service – In Praise of Books

June 24 Service at 10:30 AM

Lisa Judd

Books and reading have always held a special place in American lives. In fact, the foundations of our republic were built by avid readers. Today, we still go to books for information, comfort, wisdom and inspiration. Books also provide us with entertainment, enjoyment, and escape. Before this service, please think about your favorites (of whatever genre). What are the ones that have stayed in your memory; ones you sometimes read again and again? Which ones amused you or offered the right insights at a difficult time in your life? Do they still have resonance in your life? This service will give us a chance to share the books we love and the reasons why they were important to us. Please come prepared with the names of some of your favorites.

Good books are good friends and meant to be shared!

This Sunday’s Service – Flower Communion Sunday

June 17 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

For over 70 years Unitarian Universalists have been bringing flowers from their own gardens, or from fields and roadsides, to share on this day. All blooms are welcome. Flower Communion affirms that it is by our own free will that we join with one another, and that our gathered flowers are a symbol of our unity. The ritual teaches that as no two flowers are alike, no two people are alike, yet each makes a unique contribution to the whole. Our bountiful bouquet would not be the same without the addition of each flower, and so it is within our church community of all souls. Please join us for this special worship service – an affirmation of our ever blooming beloved community.

We end our formal services of the year and begin the summer with our Music Director Judy Putnam, Choir Director Helen Brandt and the Singing Group bringing uplifting and beautiful music.

This Sunday’s Service – Blessed with Love

June 10 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

Let us enter, rejoice, and come into more of this special time in our church-year celebration. We have spent a bold and beautiful year together and we have much to be thankful for and praise. Let us reflect back over our year and all the good work we’ve done here and in the wider community. Join us for spiritual merriment as we recall the days gone by and we shine a spotlight on all those who serve and make up our devoted lay-leadership.

Music will be offered by our Singing Group, led by Helen Brandt and accompanied by Judy Putnam.