Services for June 2019

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

June 2nd: “You Are Beautiful”

Unitarian ministers Norbert and Maja Čapek created the Flower Communion in 1920s Prague as a spiritual celebration of the beauty of each person. As World War II began, they defied fascism and continued to preach the inherent worth and dignity of all people. In our time, when some people profit from sowing division, our affirmation of beauty is central to our good news.

For our Flower Communion, please bring a flower (preferably with a long stem) with you. Flowers are collected in vases and then distributed during the service. We’ll also celebrate the Bridging of one of our Youth.

June 9th: “You Can Choose Your Own Name”

We Unitarian Universalists have come to be known as the people of the words. How many of us have spent hours in passionate discussion seeking the perfect way to word a resolution or mission statement or bylaw amendment? Yes, we love our words. But words also have the power to harm, to disenfranchise. Can we move from a love of language to a language of love?

Rev. Justine Sullivan hails from Northborough MA where she was ordained into Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2017. Prior to that she served as a congregational consultant and facilitator throughout New England and served as district president and president of the district presidents’ association. Justine is currently serving as interim minister of the Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists (CVUU) in Virginia Beach. Justine and her spouse Dale and their dog Callie divide their time between Virginia and Massachusetts. We welcome her to the Fellowship in her first pulpit swap with Rev. Andrew!

June 16th: “You Are Not Alone”

One of the central truths of Unitarian Universalism is that we’re all in this together. Whatever our trials and challenges, in fair weather and in foul, the good news is that we do not need to face the world by ourselves. And when it comes to making the world a better place, by easing suffering and dismantling oppression, we know we can make a difference by working together.

We’ll also recognize the ministry of our Religious Educators.

June 23rd: “You Are the Melody”

Ever wanted to find out what it’s really like to be a singer or musician? Please join us for personal reflections from some of our accomplished vocalists and instrumentalists. We will explore and celebrate the role of music in our lives and recognize everyone who has contributed to our musical offerings this past year.

This service is offered by the Sunday Services Committee. Special music will be provided by the UUFP’s ChorUUs! We’ll also recognize the ministry of our Musicians.

June 30th: “You Have the Power”

Power is the ability to make change, and agency is the choice we have to use our power to oppose what’s bad and make good happen instead. Our culture teaches us to be afraid of power and to ignore our own agency because that supports the status quo and serves the interests of those who benefit from it. Let’s remind ourselves of our own power and reclaim our agency!

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