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.
October 6th: “Water of Life”
Our bodies are mostly water. Each one of us once floated, unborn, in the sea of our mother’s womb, our lungs filled with fluid. Before and after we were born, water has moved in and out of each our cells, at every moment of every day of our lives. Water is essential to our living, and to our spirituality: the water we drink unites us with the Earth as intimately as the air we breathe.
We’ll celebrate the Water Communion! 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.
October 13th: “Intentionally Inclusive”
Every second Sunday, the lay leader mentions that we are a Welcoming Congregation, “intentionally inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.” When it comes to who belongs to our Fellowship, what does it mean to be “intentionally inclusive”? Do we only need to leave the door open? Or is there more to it than that?
October 20th: “Unity”
Following a brief description of biographical information and marginalized identity, Unity will share a four-part autobiographical story about the daily lived experience of a non-binary person as well as the spirituality involved with such an identity.
Unity Walker is a PhD student at the College of William and Mary studying Counselor Education and Supervision. Unity uses they/them pronouns. Their research focuses on spirituality and marginalized identity. They have recently moved to Newport News from Auburn AL where they worked as a counselor at a local psychiatric facility and were the LGBT advocacy coordinator at Auburn University.
October 27th: “Would We Be One?”
Much of what goes on in society seems to be the result of a tension between the individual and the group, between independence and conformity, between separateness and belonging. Within Unitarian Universalim, community is offered as the antidote to the myth of rugged individualism, and yet, when it comes to being one, there are subtle traps for the unwary.
Special music will be provided by the fabulous ChorUUs!