Telling Our Stories

Telling Our Stories

Sunday, Oct 17, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Darrick Jackson Overview: We are a people of story. The stories we tell shape how we see ourselves and the world. What happens if we change our stories? Coffee Hour Afterwards & Offering...
The Doctrine of Discovery

The Doctrine of Discovery

Sunday, Oct 10, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Starting in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Doctrine of Discovery gave Christian Europeans the right to claim lands and resources of non-Christian people. With the discovery of more...
Essential Connections

Essential Connections

Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: As we begin this month’s theme of “Cultivating Relationships,” we focus on the connections we choose. What are your most important relationships? How did they become part of your life? Coffee...
A New Normal?

A New Normal?

Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: The pandemic has led to changes in how we work and how we regard the social contract. What is the role of Unitarian Universalism in the conversations about class, civility, and society?...
A Touch of Possibility

A Touch of Possibility

Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: “Ask what’s possible, not what’s wrong,” is a mantra from Rev. Sara LaWall. How do we dwell on the world? The weight of the world is real – and I wonder what is possible. Click here to join...
In-gathering Water Ceremony

In-gathering Water Ceremony

Sunday, Sep 12, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis, Amy Popp CRE & the Congregation Overview: Our theme for this ingathering is “Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Joy.” The beginning of this year is unlike any other, including last year. The hope is to...
Lost Hearts, Human Hearts

Lost Hearts, Human Hearts

Sunday, Sep 5, 2021 @ 10:30 am Click HERE to join the Zoom! Speaker(s): Reverend Pamela Rumancik, Reverend Jennifer Innis & Amy Popp CRE Overview:The pandemic year created an extra layer of loss in so many lives. While part of every human life, loss is usually...
For the Love of This Earth

For the Love of This Earth

Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 @ 10:30 am Service will be Online (Zoom) only this Sunday! Due to the Delta Variant, Service will be online this Sunday, August 29th There will still be a coffee hour on the patio Click here to join the zoom at 10:30am Sunday Speaker(s): Reverend...
Question? Questions!

Question? Questions!

***Due to technical difficulties, audio for the in-sanctuary portion of the service was lost*** Sunday, Aug 22, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis & Amy Popp [CRE] Overview: This Sunday is a chance to create the message along with Reverend...
The Gift of Play

The Gift of Play

Sunday, Aug 15, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Giving ourselves and each other the time we need to explore our existence is one of the greatest gifts of a religious community. Reverend Jennifer will reflect on her long-term work with...
Give Me a Sign

Give Me a Sign

Sunday, Aug 8, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Rev. Lara K-J Campbell Overview: Rev. Lara K-J Campbell is the 26th called Minister at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Kennebunk, Maine. Throughout the ages, we humans have been flinging our arms to the heavens,...
Revisiting Redemption

Revisiting Redemption

Sunday, Aug 1, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Rev. Sean Parker Dennison Overview: Rev. Sean Parker Dennison, minister of Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ashland, Oregon; and Alison Cole Duren-Sutherland, intern minister of the Southern Oregon UU...
Saving What We Love

Saving What We Love

Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Revs. Kristin Grassel Schmidt and Christian Schmidt Overview:Revs. Kristin Grassel Schmidt and Christian Schmidt, plus worship teams from UU Church of Silver Spring (MD) and UU Church of the Brazos Valley (Bryan, TX) The...
The Purposes of Time Travel

The Purposes of Time Travel

Sunday, Jul 11, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Rev. Barbara H. Gadon Overview: Rev. Barbara H. Gadon and the worship staff at Eliot Unitarian Chapel, St. Louis, MO 36 years have passed since this iconic film was released in 1985 – longer than Marty McFly travels to...
To Be Free or Free From

To Be Free or Free From

Sunday, Jul 4, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis & Amy Popp, Credentialed Religious Educator Overview:President Franklin Roosevelt spoke of the Four Freedoms in 1941, including freedom of speech, freedom to worship, freedom from want, and freedom...
Sunday Morning Worship

Sunday Morning Worship

Sunday, Jun 27, 2021 @ 10:30 am Hosted in the Sanctuary by Reverend Jennifer Innis. Speaker(s): First Universalist Church of Minneapolis Overview:We will join Unitarian Universalists from around the globe for this online worship with the UUA General Assembly. The team...
Juneteenth

Juneteenth

Sunday, Jun 20, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, but it took two years for the news to travel to Teas. Juneteenth is a celebration of the day the news arrived. What does this...
Wishes and Blessings at the Threshold

Wishes and Blessings at the Threshold

Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: We come to the end of my first year with you and with reopening the building after 14 months. What do we wish for in this next season of congregational life? How shall we bless each other as...
Let’s Play

Let’s Play

Sunday, Jun 6, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: From Diane Ackerman: “The world of play favors exuberance, license, abandon. [In it,] selves can be revised.” This month’s Soul Matters theme is Play. Join us for a first response to the...
The Truth About Stories

The Truth About Stories

Sunday, May 30th, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Rebecca Gant Overview:The truth about stories, writes Thomas King, is that that’s all we are. If King is correct, then to know the truth about the people around us means to know their stories– and in order to be...
The Flower Communion: A Treasury of Grace

The Flower Communion: A Treasury of Grace

Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis and Amy Popp, CRE Overview: Join us for a celebration of story and the abundance of life as we honor our ritual of the Flower Communion. This Sunday also includes a chance to honor our senior high...
Widening the Circle

Widening the Circle

Sunday, May 16th, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview:Members, ministers, and educators from five UU congregations just spent 11 weeks studying the major report from the UUA called, Widening the Circle of Concern. Join us for reflections on...
Freed into Being

Freed into Being

Sunday, May 9th, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Bernard Loomer, process theologian asks, “What is the size of your soul?”. In other words, what is your ability to grow into life, amid the contradictions and hardship that comes your way?...
With Principle

With Principle

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: The Principles in Unitarian Universalism is one of the most accessible ways to talk about our tradition, beginning with, “We affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every...
Saving Earth’s Life…

Saving Earth’s Life…

Sunday, Apr 18, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Dale Goodner Overview:Earth Day is 51 years old on April 22nd. We can become a beneficial species… The goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty, but an environment of respect for ALL species....
Becoming

Becoming

Sunday, Apr 11, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: African-American First Lady Michelle Obama has this question for us, in her book, Becoming: “Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?” As we find...
Rolling and Rising

Rolling and Rising

Sunday, Apr 4, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Easter is a time of transformation. At its heart is the experience of letting go for the sake of what can emerge. What will be revealed this time? Join us for the music and the messages on...
Ministry as Improv

Ministry as Improv

Sunday, Mar 21, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Darrick Jackson Overview: From Rev. Jackson: This afternoon you celebrate the commitment between minister and congregation. Improv can provide a way for you to think about the possibilities of your...
A Living Religious Liberalism

A Living Religious Liberalism

Sunday, Mar 7, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: James Luther Adams offered a challenge to liberal and moderate churches after witnessing the rise of Fascism in Europe. What does it mean to live as a religious liberal today? Coffee Hour...
Our Year Apart – Together

Our Year Apart – Together

Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis and a Cast of Thousands Overview: This weekend marks the anniversary of the major lockdown in response to COVID-19. This service is a chance to reflect on the past year. What needs to be named,...
The Great End

The Great End

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: In the early 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds upon the young…The great end is to awaken the soul, to excite and...
Beloved Disagreement

Beloved Disagreement

Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Congregational life is aspirational, inspirational, and intergenerational. The church and our faith are products of our differences as they are of our common vision. Where do we begin when...
Side With Love Sunday

Side With Love Sunday

Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 @ 10:30 AM Speaker(s): Unitarian Universalist Leaders What if to “side with love” meant making bold, faith-full choices? What if it were even a little bit scary? This worship service brings together worship leaders and musicians from...
Widening the Circle

Widening the Circle

Sunday, Feb 7, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed reminds us, “Alone, our vision is too narrow…and our strength too limited…Together, our vision widens and our strength is renewed.” As we begin the theme...
Brave New Worlds

Brave New Worlds

Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: What do our science fiction dreams tell us about ourselves and our future? In a year when we have so many reasons to recast what “normal” means, where do we begin with creating a new world?...
The Edge: Imagination and Transformation

The Edge: Imagination and Transformation

Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Allison Farnum Overview: Join the Reverend Allison Farnum as we reimagine what is possible in our interdependent web of life through the lens of the work of the Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministry of Illinois....
The Body of Freedom

The Body of Freedom

Sunday, Jan 17, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Deep in the heart of justice is the question of who controls one’s body. On this weekend when we reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and prepare for Inauguration, we hear from...
Claiming Imagination

Claiming Imagination

Sunday, Jan 10, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Due to the attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, this worship now focuses on the intersection of imagination, power, and language as part of our democratic society. The title...
Preparing the Space

Preparing the Space

Sunday, Jan 3, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: As we enter the New Year and a new decade, how shall we make ourselves ready? In January we pick up the Soul Matters theme of Imagination. We begin to explore what it means to be a people of...
Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa

Sunday, Dec 28, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Garry Moore Overview: Join us as Garry Moore shares a celebration of Kwanzaa and African culture through his stories, wit and music. Mr. Moore is a programming/radio consultant for WPNV-106.3 FM, former TV anchor, poet,...
Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service

Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis and Congregation Overview: Our online Christmas Eve service will include the deep story and the beautiful music of the season. Musicians include EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Andrei Baumann, along with...

Winter Solstice Service

Sunday, Dec 20, 2020 @ 4:30 am Speaker(s): Amp Popp, CRE Overview: This year the eve  before the Winter Solstice will be Sunday, December 20, and the church’s annual solstice service will be held as the sun is setting on that day (technically 4:34 PM) on Zoom at...
Night and Day

Night and Day

Sunday, Dec 20, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: In this Winter Solstice service we explore the long night even as we seek the new light. Order of Worship Coffee Hour Afterwards & Offering...
“Home” for the Holidays

“Home” for the Holidays

Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Amy Popp, CRE Overview:Many of us will be staying close to home for this year’s holidays, celebrating with our circles of loved ones in the warmth of our own dwellings. This special holiday service will celebrate all of the...
Waiting for Enlightenment

Waiting for Enlightenment

Sunday, Dec 6, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Mahayana Buddhists tell the story of how the Bud-dha completed his search for Enlightenment by sitting under the Bodhi Tree. As part of our theme of Stillness, what is our practice of waiting...
Tradition Under Deconstruction

Tradition Under Deconstruction

Sunday, Nov 29, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: To close our monthly theme of Healing, we explore times when the way to be more whole is to break down what already exists. Then we can begin to rebuild. Order of Service Coffee Hour...