March 4 Service at 10:30 AM
Rev. Julie Lombard
Seeking to care for others is what is at the heart of helping and the stewardship of all souls. In a month when our worship theme is service/vocation and we are in the midst of another annual stewardship drive, let us gather to consider what is common in all the forms of our giving. We will explore this topic by reviewing stories and reflections on service from Ram Dass and Paul Gorman’s book How Can I Help? Kerry Kenn Allen, President of VOLUNTEER- The National Center said about this book, “A perfect resource for volunteers who want to examine their work more closely. This is a remarkable book- one that challenges us to understand the impact of our efforts to help, not only on our communities, but on us as helpers and as people with needs.” Come and renew your spirit and be inspired by the stories from within this perfect resource.
Judy Putnam, Music Director will provide solo piano selections this Sunday.
February 25 Service at 10:30 AM
Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister
And more about Religious Authority and Unitarian Universalists: in part 2 of this sermon series, we will look to a man from within our Unitarian side of our tradition that drew upon his religious authority to give him the strength and conviction to speak out. How can we be like him? What is it about his Unitarian beliefs that empowered him to speak out? Again, we will consider if there is room for us to buck higher authorities as we listen to what is our hearts. Come and consider the great question this faith makes a person ponder- how far are you willing to go on your faith journey?
February 18 Service at 10:30 AM
Bonnie Hurd Smith
“Faith in Action: Five Stories of Courage, Action, and Faith from Our Unitarian Universalist Tradition.” This talk will inform, engage, and inspire you as she demonstrates how relevant our remarkable foremothers are to our lives today. The re-issued edition of Bonnie’s book on this subject will appear in 2018.
Bonnie Hurd Smith is a lay leader within our UU tradition who has led services throughout New England. She is an author, speaker, and publisher, and the acknowledged expert on the Universalist essayist from Gloucester Judith Sargent Murray. She chairs the Archives Committee of the First Church in Salem, UU.
February 11 Service at 10:30 AM
Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister
In trying to better understand what Religious Authority is or might means to Unitarian Universalists, we have the advantage to turn to many a rich history of examples. In part 1 of this sermon series, we will look to a woman from within our Universalist side of our tradition that drew upon her religious authority to give her the strength and conviction to speak out. How can be like her? What is it about her Universalist beliefs that empowered her to speak out? Is there room for us to buck higher authorities to listen to what is our hearts? How far are we willing to go on this faith journey?