The word “trajectory” implies more than just a path; it’s a path overlaid with the function of time. The spiritual experience of most human beings could be said to be a trajectory; this is usually called a spiritual “journey.”Each of our journeys is unique and takes shape because ofwhowe are, wherewe are, whenwe are, and the environment and context of our lives. This service offers some ways to think about our own individual spiritual trajectories -their origins and destinations, and the forces that shape them.
The Summer Reading Service will offer an overview of the types of books that have been published in the past year and how those titles reflect the issues of our current culture. Our hope is that each of you will speak briefly about the book that has been most meaningful to you over the last year. Reading was something we could do when there was no place to go. Now that we have places to go again, there is still time to read good books. I will develop a list of books including those you suggest.
After our historic and earth-shaking pandemic year, we are happily approaching a return to normal. But can we ever return to normal again? What was the old normal anyway? What have we lost and what have we gained? And what would a new normal look like in our lives now – on a personal level – on a congregational level – or even perhaps on a national level? We may not have all the answers to these questions, but we ought to consider them, and perhaps seek some spiritual guidance as we face the future.
Join us for a virtual Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Sunday (UUSC) with UUSC President and CEO Rev. Mary Katherine Morn as we explore how congregations have brought our Unitarian Universalist values to the fight for human rights since UUSC’S founding in May of 1940.
Susan Haas became a certified Master Gardener in May of 2019. That was just the first step towards becoming an Environmental Gardener. Susan celebrates, “the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” every day in her gardening activities. Please join Susan for a lively discussion of environmental gardening.
Join us to watch the annual UUA General Assembly Virtual Sunday Service. This powerful, communal worship experience is the largest annual gathering of UUs convening virtually for worship. We will be streaming the service over ZOOM at our usual worship time 10:30am.
Join us Saturday and Sunday for an in-person and virtual celebration of the beauty that is unity in diversity, a tradition with deep roots in our Unitarian Universalist faith. Each of us is a unique flower with gifts of great beauty to share. We’ll honor the unique gifts of several very special people including volunteer recognition and the Ann Milender and Frank Farnum awards.
Our celebration will begin on Saturday, June 19th. Bring a flower to NSUU between 10:30am and 11:30. Together we’ll make a beautiful bouquet as we greet one another in the parking lot! From 11:30 until noon you’ll have an opportunity to choose a different flower than the one you brought to take home with you; symbolizing the unique beauty in every flower and the impact that beauty has on our lives together. We’ll create a video on Saturday that we’ll include in our Zoom service on Sunday morning, June 20. If you are unable to join us in person on June 19th, Barbara Reeder has volunteered to arrange for someone to deliver a flower to your home. Please contact her at email@example.com you’d like to receive a flower from the bouquet.
On Saturday you’ll also have the opportunity to explore the Memorial Garden. We’ll set aside flowers for people connected to NSUU who have died, remembering their unique gifts and how their loss touches us all. Please wear a mask, practice social distancing and remain outdoors as much as possible during our gathering on Saturday. This will allow us to be as inclusive while keeping everyone as safe as possible.
There are some ways in which the last 15 months have felt like one, interminably long “Time Out”. There are other ways in which we’ve been so challenged by the rapid-fire nature of change and uncertainty that we all could use a “Time Out” from the stress of daily living in the midst of a pandemic.
Henry David Thoreau spent two years living in a one-room cabin on the shores of Walden Pond starting in 1845. He embraced simplicity and mindfulness over a hundred years before they became contemporary paths to spiritual development. His direct experience of mystery and wonder in nature has become one of the sources from which Unitarian Universalist draw inspiration. What might these practices and his words have to say to us today?
June is PRIDE month; celebrating the many ways people express gender and sexuality in our culture – many of which transcend cultural norms; male and female. Learning from each other and expanding our understanding of the full range of human experience is an important way Unitarian Universalists can honor the worth and dignity of all people. Finding a spiritual home where you feel seen in the fullness of your humanity is what being a Welcoming Congregation is really all about.