Services for April 2021
Soul Matters theme: Becoming
Unless otherwise noted, services include sermons preached by the Rev. Andrew Clive Millard and take place on Sundays at 11am via Zoom: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/920676087, or you can dial-in to 646-876-9923 (Meeting ID: 920 676 087)
April 4th: “ Are You Ready for Resurrection? ”
Easter can be a challenging holy day for Unitarian Universalists! Many UU services on Easter Sunday end the Biblical story with the empty tomb or else focus on the pagan symbolism of Ēostre. But after all we’ve endured in recent years — particularly through 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic — perhaps it’s time to talk about resurrection?
April 11th: “A Lifelong Process”
“What is REAL?” asked the Velveteen Rabbit. “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real. It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time.”
April 18th: “On a Different Channel”
Many of us were never really mainstream or always had unorthodox ways of looking at things. Perhaps we never felt like we “fit in”. For some of us, our occupations turned out to be non-conventional or require “creative” thinking. Does that mean joining Unitarian Universalism — not exactly a “mainstream” religion — wasn’t that much of a surprise? And once we arrived at that unique place, did we embrace it or only worry about our “elevator speech”? Let’s celebrate our individual journeys, our diversity, our uniqueness, and how being so different actually brings us all together.
Steve Kadar became a UU in 1987 and has been a member of the UUFP since 2006. He began his UU journey at First UU in Richmond and was a founding member of UUCC in Glen Allen. Steve currently serves on the Policy Board, the Real Estate Task Force and the Membership Committee.
April 25th: “Pathways to Healing and Regeneration”
When you imagine pathways to personal, social and ecological healing and regeneration, what do you see? Who is with you on your journey? What transforms and gives way to new beginnings? To whom and what are you accountable along the way? This service from UU Ministry for Earth, with music from the Spring for Change virtual choir and a sermon from the Rev. Yadenee Hailu, invites us into a Season of Sacred Activism.
The Rev. Yadenee Hailu is an Ethiopian-American, Black woman based in Tulsa OK. She is a writer, speaker, facilitator and project manager. Her community ministry, blk earth, is a love letter to the Earth and Black people, inviting all life to return to rest and right-relationship as its baseline. Rev. Hailu believes life’s first mandate is to flourish and its second is to heal. This is the mission blk earth supports for all who desire to curate a lifestyle of healing and shape their relationships and communities toward wholeness.