This two-part series will explore possibilities for widening the circle of inclusion both as a member congregation of a larger association, the Unitarian Universalist Association and as a particular congregation of people located on the Northshore of Massachusetts in the fall of 2021.
September 5 – Labor Day weekend: There will not be a service
Saturday, September 11 –
Water Ceremony/Ingather Meet at 10:00am on the patio at NSUU. Bring a little water that has special meaning for you to NSUU. This will be an outdoor gathering. Please wear a mask, practice social distancing and remain outdoors as much as possible.
Sunday, September 12 –
Water Ceremony Part II at 10:30am via Zoom “Putting Out the Fires” Water is the source of life. It not only has the power to create life. It also has the power to extinguish the flames scorching the Earth and our thirsty souls.
I’ll explore some of the insights and inspirations that photographers use, and what they experience, while taking the photographic images we enjoy. Using photographs, we will think about how photography impacts both the photographer and you, the viewer. Perhaps you will also discover a few new ways to add interest and dimension to your own camera work as you take, and appreciate, your own photographs.
What has kept you sane during this past pandemic year? We all coped in our own individual ways. Some took up baking or gardening or exercise of some sort. Some of us over-ate with joyful abandon while others seized the opportunity to become our best physical selves. Most of us stocked up on toilet paper and home delivery of groceries became commonplace. Somehow all of us found ways to connect with each other. We zoomed our way forward as we were forced, some kicking and screaming, to learn new computer technology. “You’re on mute”, became the most uttered phrase of 2020-2021.
In her reflections, Jeri Kroll, NSUU member, will share what she found most helpful in making it through this past year with some semblance of sanity.
Perhaps you attended religious education when you were young or are someone who has taught religious education in the past. Maybe you studied religion in college, in your own free time, or not at all. Regardless, we are all on our own journeys in life, and there will be times when we learn more about our own spiritual and religious beliefs and practices, as well as those of others. Join our Director of Religious Exploration Samantha McCune in contemplating why Religious Education and Exploration is important in our world and in our church. Samantha will reflect on both her time studying religion in college, as well as teaching Religious Exploration at Northshore Church.
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.