This Sunday’s Service – Closer My Heart

April 30 Service  at 10:30 am

Rev. Julie Lombard

By examining our own understanding of salvation, we are asked to look closer in to our own hearts to see the love within ourselves, a love that is powerful enough to turn around a tragic life. We all have struggles. For some, it is through our most challenging times that we find the transformative and the healing power. From childhood we are taught the story that Adam and Eve were created in the image of God. They offered us a visible display of God’s character as they walked in fellowship with an invisible God; but when the human race fell through their sin, human beings lost the capacity for fellowship with all that is holy. Through salvation, the capacity for fellowship is restored and our ability to manifest imperfect goodness is celebrated.

This Sunday’s Service – Hope for the Community Earth

April 23 Service at 10:30 AM

Anne Goodwin

Anne will share with us a story interspersed with songs that tell the story of how she overcame despair and overwhelm and found a place in the climate movement. Anne will join us for a question and answer session after the service.

Anne Goodwin is a seasoned performer on the New England folk scene who lends her voice to the climate movement as a grassroots activist song leader. She is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and her home congregation is in Arlington, Massachusetts. She created the Sing-In for Climate Justice, and leads songs as part of her practice of the Work That Reconnects, and for rallies and meetings with Mothers Out Front and elsewhere. You can find out more at http://www.annegoodwin.com

This Sunday’s Service – The Traveling Teacher

April 16 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

This Easter multigenerational service will continue with lessons from the Sunday school curriculum our youth have been studying this year, “Bible Super Heroes.” They started this year with Moses, and they have been continuing to learn about all sorts of figures found in the Bible. These stories and lessons have been leading us forward to Jesus of Nazareth. What better day than Easter to share the lessons of this traveling teacher? Please come and join with all ages as we celebrate the life and lessons of Jesus and his ministry of compassion.

 

This Sunday’s Service – Unitarian Universalist Salvation Theology: From Ballou to Thandeka

April 9 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard and Lois Markham

                         

We can learn a lot through Soteriology; the theological study of salvation. Here we’ll explore two Unitarian Universalist theologians: Hosea Ballou from the 19th century and Thandeka, our contemporary. Unitarian preacher, Theodore Parker said this about the Universalist preacher, Hosea Ballou, “He went through the land proclaiming this great truth (about Universal Salvation), and he has wrought a revolution in the thoughts and minds of men more mighty than any which has been accomplished during the same time by all the politicians of the nation.” Some might say the same today about Unitarian Universalist minister Thandeka and her perspective on racism as explored in her book “Learning to Be White: Money, Race and God in America.” As we openly examine the racial justice work we do, can Thandeka’s pioneering work on the origins of racism offer Unitarian Universalists a new view of universal salvation?

This Sunday’s Service – Green Sanctuary

April 2 Service at 10:30 AM

Intergenerational Earth Service – Green Sanctuary

To Be or Not to Be a BEE is the Question

With music and action our children and youth join us this morning to honor planet Earth in its interconnections and process. They are savvy and concerned about the environment and offer another teaching moment. Remember last year’s sharing about the amazing diadromous fish? Be there!

This Sunday’s Service – Learning from Loss

March 26 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard

Author Isabel Allende asks, “What is the point of having experience, knowledge, or talent if we don’t give it away? Of having stories if we don’t tell them to others? Of having wealth if we don’t share it? It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world, and with the divine.” This author learned a valuable lesson from her dying daughter that has become Isabel’s mantra: “You only have what you give. It’s by spending yourself that you become rich.” This message will be about the things we gain through giving and the valuable lessons that come with death.

This Sunday’s Service – A Personal and Theological Reflection on Death

March 19 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Art McDonald

In the long tradition of pulpit exchanges, Rev. Art McDonald, PhD, Minister at the First Universalist Church of Essex, will preach at Northshore Church and Rev. Julie Lombard will preach at the First Universalist Church of Essex.

Rev. McDonald will share some personal experiences of dealing with death, both as a hospital orderly (caregiver) while a seminary student as well as some more personal passings. He will tell about his brother who died in his mid fifties, and the many days he spent with his brother during the last weeks of his life. Art will draw on some theological insights, especially from the Buddhist and Christian wisdom traditions.