This Sunday’s Service – Vote Love, Defeat Hate; Organizing for the Long Haul

October 25 Virtual Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

National UU the Vote Team

In the midst of global pandemic, rising authoritarianism, and uprising, lives hang in the balance and the future of democracy is on the line. In response, Unitarian Universalists are answering the call of our faith, building powerful partnerships to mobilize our communities to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate in the 2020 elections. Join UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray, the UU the Vote team, and a lineup of powerful, prophetic UU voices as we explore the intersections of faith, justice, and democracy in this collective virtual service.

Coffee hour following the service will give us all an opportunity to share our reflections of this inspiring and timely service.

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – The Trials of Susan B. Anthony

October 18 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Beth Blanchard and Peter VanDeBogert

One hundred years ago Congress passed the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony was one of the most, if not the most, influential crusader and political activist in the fight for women’s suffrage. “The Trials of Susan B. Anthony” is a staged reading about her life and times. In addition to Susan B. Anthony, we will also meet abolitionist Frederick Douglass and Judge Ward Hunt who sentenced her for illegal voting.

With the death of supreme court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the political and social unrest in this election year, a retelling of her story seems particularly timely and relevant.

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Looking at History with New Eyes

October 11 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker, Interim Minister

The second Monday of October has been observed as Columbus Day since it became a federal holiday in 1937. But some cities and states have begun observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day over concerns Columbus helped launched centuries of genocide against indigenous populations. We’re learning that the history most of us learned in school presents one side of the story. Much of what we’re taught perpetuates systems of oppression woven into the very fabric of our country. Learning more about these stories from Indigenous People can help us reorient ourselves towards truth, equity and justice.

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Betwixt and Between

October 4 Service at 1:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker, Interim Minister

Change brings with it an inevitable feeling of being “betwixt and between”; having left where you were but not having arrived at where you’re going.  It’s hard to let go of the past, allowing ourselves to fall into this place of unknowing.  It can be downright scary. But that place of unknowing is precisely where the seeds of possibility can begin to grow.  We’re experiencing so many change these days it can be especially hard to let go and embrace the unknown.  The temptation is to race to return to “normal”.  In doing so we may miss opportunities for something new to emerge, possibilities for transformation.  

 

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Turning Toward Forgiveness

September 27 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker, Interim Minister

There are times when we turn away from each other. In the Jewish tradition Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement (at-one-ment). Forgiveness is a healing practice for both the giver and receiver that allows us to turn towards one another, returning to our place in the larger family of things.

Music: Bonnie Anderson has recorded three pieces of music for us to enjoy this morning. How wonderful to be able to continue this very special tradition.

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Getting to Know You

September 20 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker, Interim Minister

New relationships are exciting and fun. They can also be a little challenging at times, requiring us to be open-minded and open-hearted in new ways. One of the gifts of Interim Ministry is the opportunity to explore what it means to be welcoming, especially in the midst of uncertainty and change. Rev. Carol will share her experience as a “newbie” in the context of her role as an Interim Minister.

Music: Our music this morning focuses on the theme of togetherness and welcoming. We will gather to Brian Tate’s rousing anthem We Are One followed by singing together the familiar Come, Come Whoever You Are. Our meditation will include some music new to our ears. As always Judy will add her piano, Singing Group will reappear to welcome Rev. Carol, and we will finish together with Getting to Know You.

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Ingathering and Water Ceremony

September 13 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker, Interim Minister

The Land is parched and so are our souls. We’re reminded once again that water is life and that the well-being of one is dependent on the well-being of all. We need each other. What better time to renew and celebrate the connections with the Earth and with each other that sustain us?

Music: This morning we’ll be introduced to Rev. Carol’s recorder trio playing J.S. Bach. In addition we’ll hear the haunting I Want to Go as a River, enjoy Judy’s piano calling us back together in community, and then sing together Somos El Barco, led by Helen and her guitar.

You’re invited to bring a little water from a source that’s meaningful to you to NSUU on Saturday morning, September 12th from 10am -12noon. Rev. Carol will be there to greet you and collect your water as you drive by, pouring it into a common vessel. A video recording of this gathering of the waters will be part of our ingathering service on Sunday. Please wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing.

 

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – My Experiences with Racism as a Friend, Wife, and Mother

August 30 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Jean Koulack Young

“I’m amazed. Your words had me transfixed,” Peter VandeBogart commented after reading Jean’s sermon. Jean, a 40-year member of NSUU married an African-American man in 1965. Together they had three children. In her talk, Jean tells about the racism she has experienced and how she is becoming more aware of how her “bubble of white privilege” has kept her from being aware of the subtleties of racism her family and friends have endured.

 

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – HAVE YOU SEEN THE ULTIMATE?

August 2 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Jennifer Revill

“Moments divine, ecstatic hours; in which our thought flies from world to world, pierces the great enigma, breathes with a respiration broad, tranquil and deep as the respiration of the ocean…”  Many people throughout history have had what they believe to be religious or ecstatic experiences. Perhaps you are one of them. Why are they part of our human experience, and what might they mean for the spirituality of our contemporary world?  Jennifer Revill will offer an overview of the topic, which is the subject of her final project towards a masters degree.