Services for January 2020

This year, we are taking our monthly themes from “Soul Matters”, a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same themes for the purpose of sharing worship, music, religious education and small group resources.

Unless otherwise noted, services include sermons preached by the Rev. Andrew Clive Millard and take place at 9:30am and 11:15am on Sundays.


January 5th: “True to Ourselves”

Integrity comes from the Latin “integer” meaning “whole”.  It implies an inner wholeness and consistency of character, but integrity isn’t something we get by adding more; it’s already there, and we discover it by clearing away the extraneous.  At this time of New Year’s Resolutions, let’s talk about what this means for us as individuals and for us as a congregation.

January 12th: “Side with Love”

For the last ten years, the interfaith public advocacy campaign known as “Side with Love” has been promoting respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person by confronting issues of exclusion, oppression and violence based on identity.  As we prepare to celebrate Thirty Days of Love, let’s consider some of the ways that we can side with love here in Virginia.

January 19th: “Choosing Justice”

Do you consider yourself an “activist”?  Every UU congregation has people who describe themselves using that term.  But all of us, including those of us who don’t identify as activists, make tough choices when it comes to living by our principles.  Our speakers will describe how they make tough choices when it comes to the social justice issues they support.

The Social Justice Committee serves to facilitate the important social actions that take place within the congregation, as well as to raise awareness of issues in the interest of securing human rights, an equitable distribution of resources, a healthy planet, democracy, and a space for the human spirit to thrive.  We are committed to active involvement with social issues following the UUA’s Seven Principles.

January 26th: “Embracing Unknowing”

There is a natural human impulse to understand the world around us, but just because we want to know everything doesn’t mean that we can.  What if there are some things we cannot understand, whether now or ever?  How do we learn to accept mystery, to truly be okay with the idea — beloved of so many Unitarian Universalists — that to question is the answer?

This sermon topic was won by Rebecca Wheeler in last Spring’s “Inspire the Sermon!” on-line auction.

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