September 6: “We Are All in This Together"
September 13: “Together We Shall Be Well”
The living tradition that is Unitarian Universalism is based on the truth that we are most human when we are in right relationship with one another and with the world around us. For the fact of our interdependence is manifest in our Unitarian assertion that “We are all in this together.” And our faith in a better future — in the only way that salvation can work, which is in this life — is expressed by our Universalist assertion that “Together we shall be well.”
On September 6th, our “Blessing of the Backpacks” will offer the love of our community to all those starting a new school year.
September 20: “To Make or Declare Holy”
Some religions have practitioners who take “holy vows” or are otherwise inducted into exclusive religious orders. Followers of these special lifestyles are said to lead “consecrated lives”, and we imagine them to be especially devout. Protestantism in general, and Unitarian Universalism in particular, have rejected this way in favor of a more universal devotion.
So what then does it mean for a Unitarian Universalist to be devout?
Scott Kasmire has been a Unitarian Universalist since the mid-1990s and a UUFP member since 2014. He studied philosophy and religion for several years as a graduate student in Bangkok. He now teaches Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language to area adults.
At the UUFP, he teaches Sunday School and chairs the Committee on Ministry.
September 27: “Faith, Justice and Democracy”
In the midst of global pandemic and rising authoritarianism, lives hang in the balance, and the future of democracy is on the line. In response, Unitarian Universalists are answering the call of our faith, building powerful partnerships to mobilize our communities to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate in the 2020 elections. Join UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray, the UU the Vote team, and a lineup of powerful, prophetic UU voices as we explore the intersections of faith, justice and democracy in this collective virtual service.
UU the Vote (uuthevote.org) is a non-partisan faith initiative to engage our neighbors, educate our communities, mobilize voters, and rally around key ballot initiatives. All through 2020, the UUA is supporting congregations and UU organizations in activating thousands of Unitarian Universalists to mobilize for electoral justice at the local, state and national levels.