“Soul Matters” theme: Compassion
Unless otherwise noted, services include sermons preached by the Rev. Andrew Clive Millard and take place on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom.
June 7th: “Keeping the Faith”
This has not been the year that our high-school seniors expected, with no big graduation ceremonies or other end-of-school celebrations of their accomplishments. It’s all the more important, then, for us to uphold our UU tradition of recognizing the “bridging” of these graduating youth into young adulthood. Though it will take place on-line this year, our Bridgers will share what it has meant to them to grow up in this beloved community, and we’ll offer them our blessing for the next phase of their lives.
Please bring a candle — whether wax or electronic or even a flashlight — to your computer when you log onto the service. It will be part of the blessing we offer all of our youth.
June 14th: “There Must Be Religious Witness”
Amidst a global pandemic that has killed 100,000 Americans, with disproportionate impacts on African-Americans due to long-standing economic and social inequities, racial injustice was brought front and center when George Floyd was murdered on camera by a Minneapolis police officer. There have been protests all over the country and beyond, and in many places the militarization of police departments has resulted in further violence and death. And rather than offering consolation or promising justice, a cowardly president has threatened further escalation while abusing both church and scripture for a photo opportunity. We are called to mourn the loss of Black lives, to challenge white supremacy (including our own), to support Black resistance, and to recommit to living our UU values.
June 21st: “On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!”
What is this race we call life really about? Have you been runnin’ down a dream, workin’ on a mystery, goin’ wherever it leads? Or are you running on empty? Looking back at the years gone by wondering when that road you once owned turned into this road you’re on? How do we warm up, stretch, practice and train for this life race? Do we know where to find coaches when obstacles get in our way? Do we have a choice around winning and losing? What does success even look like? As UUs our values and spiritual practices may help us to slow down and be more aware of our path. They may help us to bring our best selves to the race and stay on track.
Joanne Dingus is in her twentieth year as Director of Religious Education at the Fellowship. Raised as a Unitarian Universalist from the age of twelve, she brings her UU faith to all aspects of her life. Joanne is a very proud and happy mother of two amazing young adults and is devoted to providing a wide variety of religious education experiences that enrich our community.
June 28th: “Why Do You Sing?”
It’s our custom to recognize the UUFP’s talented and generous musicians at a service in June each year. During this time of staying home, many of us yearn for the joyful, unifying experience of playing and singing together. In this service, crafted by our musicians and the Music Committee, we will lift up the roles of music in all our lives.