Soul Matters theme: Generosity

Sunday Services take place at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  You can also connect via Zoom at https://uuma.zoom.us/j/920676087 or telephone to 646-876-9923 (Meeting ID: 920 676 087). 

Andrew-Millard_pulpit_eflame-services-articlesThe Rev. Andrew Clive Millard


November 5th: “Love and Democracy”

In England, November 5th is Guy Fawkes Night, when bonfires and fireworks remember the attempt to blow up Parliament and King James in 1605.  The Gunpowder Plot and its subsequent commemoration show church and state at their worst, so with Election Day this week, let’s talk religion and politics at their best, from a UU perspective!

November 12th: “Drink Deep of Living Waters”

The Water Communion is one of Unitarian Universalism’s beloved seasonal rituals.  It was created at the 1980 UU Women and Religion Continental Convocation as a feminist affirmation of community, but over the years it became dominated by personal Summer travelogs.  Thankfully we have since reclaimed the Water Communion as a shared celebration of belonging to a covenanted community.

Please bring a small amount of water from your home — from your kitchen sink is perfect.  During the service, we’ll pour the water into a common bowl, representing what each of us brings to the shared life of our congregation.

November 19th: “Generosity and Gratitude”

What are generosity and gratitude?  How do we show generosity?  And how do we show gratitude?  The argument could be made that generosity is the sum ideal of our UU Principles and our UU Values.

The Rev. Mark Wise is a retired elementary (teacher) (parentheses Mark’s) of 28 years, now back to working in ministry.  He has a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and is an ordained minister with the Sacred Well Congregation, a universalist nature-centered church with pagan and wiccan roots.  Mark is a pagan, a witch and a universalist.  He is presently the Director of Lifespan Faith Development at the Coastal Virginia UUs in Virginia Beach.  Mark lives with his husband and their two cat children in Hampton.

November 19th: “Fast Falls the Eventide”
NOTE TIME: 4:30pm at the UUFP

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually to memorialize those who have been murdered because of transphobia.  The Day was founded in 1999 to draw attention to the continued violence directed towards transgender people.  We will read the names of those killed in the US this year, with a musical meditation and a candlelight vigil.

This Service will be led by the UUFP’s Queer Justice Team.  Please note that, due to the nature of the Service, it is not recommended for young children.

November 26th: “Sharing (Ourselves) is Caring (for Others)

When someone joins the UUFP as a member, we ask them to commit their time, talent and treasure (“the three Ts”) in support of the congregation.  We expect our members to share of themselves — their efforts, their skills and their money — but we also hope that they will share themselves, being present to and for one another, and developing the understandings, friendships and confidences that are the foundation of real community.