This Sunday’s Service – Love the Hell out of this World

October 27 Service at 10:30 AM

Matt Meyer

When the culture around us doesn’t encourage us to be our best selves, how do we model the kind of world we want to live in? Matt will reflect on the good and bad of middle school, the time he picked the very best costume for a high-stakes 5th grade costume party, and how we find the skills for beloved community.

Matt is a musician and community organizer who has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country. He has a degree from Berklee College of Music in hand drumming and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana and Central America. Matt serves as Director of Community Life for Sanctuary Boston and is a founding resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative in Roxbury. Matt has been worship leader for hundreds of services in congregations all over the US and Canada.

This Sunday’s Service – Everything I Need to Know About Optimism I Learned from Musical Theater

October 20 Service at 10:30 AM

Lois Markham

Four years ago I gave a talk at NSUU titled “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Musical Theater.” Even as I wrote that talk, I realized there were so many more songs I wanted to talk about than I could fit into one service. Today, I will present Part II of my musical upbringing. This time, I focus on optimism, a trait I believe we must all cultivate ferociously as we face the many challenges of contemporary life. What does musical theater have to teach us about optimism? I’ll share some insights as we enjoy some glorious songs from musical theater, performed by members of the NSUU singing group.

This Sunday’s Service – Gathered Here

October 13 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

We gather this day to celebrate the life of our shared ministry. Although our time together is ending, we will take a moment to hold up what has made the life of this community vibrant. We will recall our many achievements and lift our voices in song as we bless all on the journey ahead. This is the last Sunday that I will be with you. Let us give thanks and praise for our time together. Please join us for worship and fellowship.

This Sunday’s Service – Lessons from Bethel

October 6 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

Fifty years ago the Woodstock festival brought together half a million people in a celebration of peace, music and love. This year there have been many anniversary celebrations of Woodstock taking place around the world, confirming what we all feel: the spirit of Woodstock is still alive and flourishing. We will reminisce and review all we learned about unity and diversity from this festival. We will also celebrate a child dedication within our community of care. Join us as we celebrate this honor with the Gravina Family in a brief ceremony during our Time for All Ages.

This Sunday’s Service – Our Healer Capacity

September 29 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

“We all have the capacity to heal each other – healer is a possibility in each of us.” ~ Adrienne Maree Brown. Her book, Emergent Strategy, inspired by Octavia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change, offers us a design for shaping the futures we want to live. Brown believes healing happens when a place of trauma or pain is given full attention, really listened to; and that healing is the resilience instinct of our bodies, skills she believes we unlearn as we are taught to pay for and rely on data and medicine outside of our awareness. Come, explore what we might gain by Brown’s passionate perspective on human nature.

This Sunday’s Service – Show Us How to Love

September 22 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

In the overflowing wake of family separation, children in cages, gun violence inspired by the rhetoric of some of our nation’s leaders, we are grateful to hear another voice… a cry of love. The fight between good and evil is as old as humankind, and here we are, again. Come and examine what our faith is calling us to do now. What did Emma Lazarus mean in her poem? “Give me your tired, your poor.” How are we responding to” the huddled masses yearning to breathe free”? Join us for worship as the songs we sing show us how to love.

Write Your Own Bible class will be held in the Wilson Library from 12 noon to 2 pm.

This Sunday’s Service – Beyond Aimlessness

September 15 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, MInister

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions, especially his readers who like distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. In his latest book, The Laws of Human Nature, he gives us more to consider as he unpacks the various laws of human nature and explains what makes us tick. Today, we will focus on his perspective of The Law of Aimlessness by looking at some strategies for developing a high sense of purpose. What does this master have to teach us about ourselves, one another, and the human traits we all share? Join us for worship and an inspiring guided tour towards a purposeful faithful journey forward.