This Sunday’s Service – Religious Exploration Sunday

May 19 Service at 10:30 AM

Stacey Sherman and the Religious Exploration Gang

Today’s service will be a celebration of this year’s Religious Education Program. Our youth were very busy this year as they learned what it means to be Chalice Children and good neighbors visiting our neighboring faiths. We will share with you some of the amazing experiences we had along the way. We will take some time to thank and honor our teachers and bridge our oldest youth, Annie Lombard.

Youth, possibly aided by Singing Group, will plan music for this celebration of youthful learning and wisdom.

This Sunday’s Service – Transcendence in Later Life

May 12 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

Allan B. Chinen said, “Elder tales present a map of the tasks individuals must negotiate in the second half of life— warning of the difficulties and dangers, and previewing the promise and potential…Elder tales address the concerns of mature adults struggling with the psychological tasks of later life.” These fairy tales can show what lies ahead. While heroism dominated the fairy tales of our youth, transcendence illuminates the fairy tales of our elder lives. Chinen thinks transcendence is not a single, monolithic theme in these tales. It takes many forms, fitted to culture, faith, and personality of the individual. It’s a path, and one to which elder tales call us, in language most suited to our understanding – a transcendent journey toward Self, Society, and the Holy. Join us for worship to hear tales your mother may have told you.

Bonnie Anderson will return on this Mother’s Day to share her skill and sensitivity at the piano.

This Sunday’s Service – Into the Woods

May 5 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

Many people dream of escaping modern life, but few will ever act on it. Christopher Knight is a determined person in search of a good life. The shy and intelligent young man left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another human until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Come, hear a remarkable story of transcendence as I tell you the extraordinary tale of the last true hermit; and we discover what we might learn from his living in the woods and his return to our world.

Singing Group will provide thoughtful, rousing music on themes of solitude and importance of human connection.

The Annual Meeting will be held after the service.

This Sunday’s Service – Intergenerational Earth Day Service

April 28 Service at 10:30 AM

The Green Sanctuary Team and Religious Exploration

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Above, Below: all these combine to form the beautiful planet we live on. How can we best love and appreciate our Home? How can we best preserve it as a nurturing Home for us?

The Singing Group is honored to sing songs in honor of our beautiful earth for this Earth Day service.

 

This Sunday’s Service – Braving the Wilderness: Part 2

April 21 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard

This Easter multigenerational service will continue the lessons learned from Dr. Brené Brown’s 2017 book titled “Braving the Wilderness,” which explores the quest for true belonging. Today, we’ll explore Inextricable Connection. Our lives are full of examples of these sacred experiences. Easter is a day when we celebrate both the pain and joy that coexist in life, and how both transform us. We will look at what Émile Durkheim calls collective effervescence, the magic that can be found in religious ceremonies with communal emotion. Come and be transformed by being a part of something larger than ourselves.

The Singing Group will provide beautiful and thoughtful music for Easter morning.

This Sunday’s Service – Living Our Values

April 14 Service at 10:30 AM

Laura Wagner

UUs value the seven principles which guide us as we navigate our life. As we work to confront oppression in today’s political climate, these values are more important than ever. Join us as we explore the climate crisis, how this intersects with multiple justice issues, and what we are called to do to create change.

Laura Wagner, MSW, is the Executive Director of UU Mass Action, which is the State Action Network for Unitarian Universalists in Massachusetts. Her role is organizing and mobilizing UUs to confront injustice and to provide opportunities for us to live our values and principles. Laura Wagner has been a Unitarian Universalist for more than 25 years. During this time she has held many lay-leader positions, but her primary focus has always been social justice.

Terri Hansen & Helen Brandt will sing solos and duets, including an original composition by member Alice Rohr.

This Sunday’s Service – Braving the Wilderness: Part 1

April 7 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

 

Dr. Brené Brown’s 2017 book titled “Braving the Wilderness” explores the quest for true belonging, and it leads us to the idea we’ll explore today: Conflict Transformation. People are hard to hate close up, she suggests, and she urges us to move in, get closer. Can our posturing cause the trouble we find ourselves in these days? Is there a way forward? Dr. Brown says there is, but we will have to brave the wilderness, and we may confront a spiritual crisis on the way. Join us for worship and discover a new path that leads to transformation.

Judy Putnam will select piano pieces to accompany the sermon in our month of transformation.