This Sunday’s Service – The Creation of a Gangsta Rapper known as MC Hawking


February 26 Service at 10:30 AM

Ken Lawrence

Ken Lawrence will talk about his experience at the Starmus Festival of science, culture and music in the Canary Islands this past summer. In 2000 Ken developed a web site in which he created an alter-ego for Stephen Hawking, giving Hawking a second career as a Gangsta Rapper known as MC Hawking. At the Starmus festival Hawking was guest of honor and was awarded a medal. Immediately after Hawking’s presentation, Ken, as MC Hawking, performed before Stephen Hawking and an audience of one thousand scientists including eleven Laureates, an astronaut, and many of the world’s leading scientists. Included in Ken’s program will be videos of his performance, the history behind the creation of MC Hawking, and commentary about Ken’s meeting with Stephen Hawking.

Be aware that the satiric videos reflect Gangsta Rap culture and include language that we don’t expect to hear at church. Ken comments that if Stephen Hawking and 1,000 scientists can take it, he thinks the members of Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church will be able to hear it.

 Ken grew up in the Northshore Church and is the son of Jean Koulack-Young.

This Sunday’s Service – Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

February 19 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

Released in 1971 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour was the seventh album by the British rock band The Moody Blues. It explored the history of all music in their song “Procession”. As a youth I memorized the lyrics of all their songs. They took the rock genre to a new level. Music was an endless canvas of creation to them. They introduced a symphony orchestra into their songs, used various experimental electronic keyboards, and included poetry that was all together unique to me. This service will spotlight my love of this band, and the impact their music has had as I created my own theology. Please join us for worship and fellowship.

This Sunday’s Service – Creating a Compassionate Community

February 12 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

This church has many ministries worthy of making this minister smile, but as you ask yourself this stewardship season, Why should I support this church? I hope that you think about the parish care division of our membership committee. You may know this group as the Caring Committee. I know them as our miracle workers. In this service, we will look at the many works of this committee and how they have created a compassionate community through love and care for every soul. Please join us for worship and fellowship.

This Sunday’s Service – Different Visions of Liberty

February 5 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Charles Wilson

Today our greatest danger as a people and as persons is from a failure of faith. This means losing our grounding in a religious vision of the meaning of life and the destiny of humanity. I contrast two visions of liberty from two Unitarian Universalists, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Carl Sandburg. Religious liberty is the most important foundation of our Unitarian Universalist faith, and of the United States of America. I hope we will learn important lessons from these prophetic figures in our past that we can employ in our shaky present and uncertain future.

This Sunday’s Service – Amazing Grace

January 29 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard

Justice for all children is the high ideal in a democracy. ~ Grace Abbott

Amazing Grace Abbott was a champion for immigrants and children in her day. In 1909 she formed the Immigrant Protective League and eventually her passion to serve others led her to Washington, D.C. to become the Director of the Children’s Bureau. What can we learn from this woman who fought for the less fortunate, and how might we become the champions for those who are less fortunate today? Please join us for worship and fellowship.

This Sunday’s Service – Surviving Our Darkest Days

January 22 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard

Being Zoleka Mandela hasn’t always been easy. It was hard to shine brightly in the spotlight of her famous, iconic grandfather, Nelson Mandela. Still, through struggle, she found what fueled her flame and helped her to survive her darkest days. Her inspirational story and dedication to helping others may be the example of the grace we are seeking. Please join us for worship and fellowship.

This Sunday’s Service – Looking Back, Looking Ahead

January 15 Service at 10:30 AM

Lois Markham

Virginia Civil Rights Memorial next to the Virginia State Capitol Photo Credit: Flickr

The Civil Rights Movement was a shining moment in our country’s history. But despite its many significant achievements, it did not end racism. This year, as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let’s ask ourselves what each of us can do to end racism.