Stories of Gratitude

Stories of Gratitude

Sunday, Jul 24, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Carol Manny and Bob Woolsey Overview:Join us this Sunday as Peoria businessman and philanthropist Bob Woolsey talks about how our stories can lead us to embrace gratitude and mentor others to do the same. Coffee Hour...
Building Our Church

Building Our Church

Sunday, Jul 17, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Amy Kordonowy and Carol Manny Overview: What is the foundation of this congregation? Love? Compassion? Justice? How might it all fit together? All ages are welcome to share in the service. Coffee Hour Afterwards &...
We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident…

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident…

Sunday, Jul 3, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Rica Kaufel Overview:What does the best friend of this German UU minister grandfather have to do with the 4th of July, and how can this help us to love this country even better?  Come find out at church on Sunday!...
Believing Us

Believing Us

Sunday, Jun 26, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Leela Sinha (ze/zim/zir) Overview: Ours is a living faith. What does it mean to be the UUs we say we are? If we were to follow our deepest passions, what might we become? Reverend Leela Sinha joins us via Zoom from...
The Paths We Do Not Choose

The Paths We Do Not Choose

Sunday, Jun 19, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Tom Byrom Overview:I am going to talk about my spiritual journey, in particular some unwelcome events that have, I hope, led to a more meaningful life. This journey will always be a work in progress, but there are some...
Celebrating Blessings

Celebrating Blessings

Sunday, Jun 12, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer and a Cast of Thousands Overview:Join us at the Herm Farm for our annual picnic and celebration of the past year. The picnic begins at 9:30am. The service at the farm begins around 10:45am. A recorded...
Flower Communion: Emerging Beauty

Flower Communion: Emerging Beauty

Sunday, Jun 5, 2022 @ 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. For this multi-age service, all are invited to bring flowers as...
The Beauty of Music

The Beauty of Music

Sunday, May 29, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis and Graduating Senior High Youth Overview: Join us as we enjoy the return of Music Sunday with our excellent choir led by Dave Breeden. We will also honor the senior high youth who are moving from...
Riding the Winds of Change

Riding the Winds of Change

Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis and Amy Popp Overview:  Join us for Religious Education Teacher Appreciation and marking the transitions in our lives. Amy Popp will offer the message in her next-to-last in person Sunday before she...
The Beauty That Makes Us

The Beauty That Makes Us

Sunday, May 15, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview:  How has beauty transformed your life? Reverend Jennifer shares reflections from many sources, including the words and images of members of the congregation. Note: This service is in lieu of...
Invisible Work

Invisible Work

Sunday, May 8, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: The past few years have revealed major shifts in how and where we work. What is our religious response to how we value labor? Our special music comes from the Peoria Recorder Consort. Coffee...
The Wonder of Co-Creation

The Wonder of Co-Creation

Sunday, May 1, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: As we begin the monthly theme of Nurturing Beauty, what do we create together? Join us as we celebrate the official end of our Annual Campaign. Share memories during Social Hour as we honor...
Get Rooted and Get Ready

Get Rooted and Get Ready

Sunday, Apr 24, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): UU Ministry for the Earth with Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: When you imagine pathways to embodying the inherent worth and dignity of all people, particularly climate migrants, what do you see? Who is with you on in this...
After Easter

After Easter

Sunday, Apr 17, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: The accounts of Easter tell of Jesus’ ministry, death, and the mystery of what happens after he dies. But his followers have to answer the question of, “What now?” This Easter Sunday also...
Awakenings

Awakenings

Sunday, Apr 10, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview:John O’Donohue tells us, “We live between the act of awakening and the act of surrender… they frame each day and each life; between them the journey where anything can happen, the beauty and...
The Breadth of Existence

The Breadth of Existence

Sunday, Apr 3, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: In honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31, join us for a time of witness and voice. Our guest voices include UUCP member Reverend Marcus Fogliano....
Ready for the Evolution

Ready for the Evolution

Sunday, Mar 27, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: We close the month with a focus on who we are and what we might become as a faith and as a beloved collection of people.  Coffee Hour Afterwards & Offering...
A Question of Faith

A Question of Faith

Sunday, Mar 20, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: In the effort to renew faith, we must consider the nature of faith. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. offers, “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”...
Shaken and Stirred

Shaken and Stirred

Sunday, Mar 13, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: On the second anniversary of pandemic lockdowns, we set aside this moment and recognize the major events and our highly varied experience of life and loss. See Reverend Jennifer if you would...
The Blessing of Rest

The Blessing of Rest

Sunday, Mar 6, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: We begin the theme of Renewing Faith with an essential element: Rest. Groups such as The Nap Ministry call us to the sacred work of taking care of ourselves. Rest is Resistance. Get ready...
Widening the Circle

Widening the Circle

Sunday, Feb 27, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview:In the mid-20th century, a group of young Universalist ministers organized under the name, the Humiliati. Their symbol was a circle that enclosed an off-center cross. They sought the revival...
The Paradox of Tolerance

The Paradox of Tolerance

Sunday, Feb 20, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Philosopher Karl Popper describes the paradox of tolerance: “Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance.” What are the limits of communication and relationship when we...
When Sparks Fly Between Evolution and Love

When Sparks Fly Between Evolution and Love

Sunday, Feb 13, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: In honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday, we explore the crisis of faith and marriage that impacted the development of his theory of evolution.  The worship is inspired by Evolution Sunday as...
Worthy Now – Church of the Larger Fellowship

Worthy Now – Church of the Larger Fellowship

Sunday, Feb 6, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Church of the Larger Fellowship Overview: The Worthy Now Prison Ministry Network helps those in the free-world better serve our incarcerated siblings in Unitarian Universalism. Hear about the power of this growing ministry...
Follow the Breath

Follow the Breath

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview:We close the month of living with intention by exploring the Buddhist practice of mindfulness. If we follow our breath, where will it lead us? Stay on Zoom after the service and join the...
Abortion and Faith

Abortion and Faith

Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview:The 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is next year, but the conversation is now. Given the range of theologies and personal choices, how do we talk about abortion as a people of faith? Stay on...
Choose to Love

Choose to Love

Sunday, Jan 16, 2022 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview:Have you heard of bell hooks? bell hooks was the pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins. She was a writer, teacher, and activist who called us to put love into action. On this MLK Sunday, hear about...
Shoot the Moon

Shoot the Moon

Sunday, Jan 9, 2022 @ 10:30 am – ONLINE ONLY Online Only – Service Zoom Link Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: For our theme of “Living with Intention”, we begin with how we are called onward. What if we were willing to “Shoot the Moon?” Coffee Hour...
Gratitude

Gratitude

Sunday, Jan 2, 2022 10:30 AM – ONLINE ONLY Online Only – Service Zoom Link Speaker(s): Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray & Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview:For the first Sunday of 2022, we gather only online for service. Reverend Jennifer will offer a path...
Kwanzaa and COVID

Kwanzaa and COVID

Sunday, Dec 26, 2021 @ 10:30 am – Online Only, Not In-Person Speaker(s): Garry Moore Service Zoom Link Overview: For the day after Christmas, we gather only online for service. Wear comfy pajamas and enjoy your coffee as Garry Moore shares a celebration of...
Winter Solstice Service

Winter Solstice Service

Tuesday, Dec 21, 2021 @ 7 PM Overview: We will chant, dance, and offer up our own gifts to add to the coming light on the eve before the longest, darkest night of the year. Coffee Hour Afterwards & Offering...
The Possibility of Joy

The Possibility of Joy

Sunday, Dec 12, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: There are so many forms for joy – ordinary, personal, shared, divine, radical, musical, and more. What is joy for our time? Join us for our New Member Recognition, too! Coffee Hour...
On the Origin of Questions

On the Origin of Questions

Sunday, Dec 5, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: The premise of Stephen Prothero in his book, “God is Not One”, is that each religion answers a different question. If each faith, or each of us, is answering a different question,...
The Joy of Christmas

The Joy of Christmas

Friday, Dec 24, 2021 ~ Christmas Eve @ 6 & 8 PM 6 PM Service8 PM Service Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Join us for beautiful music and ancient and modern lessons as we celebrate Christmas. To have enough room for everyone and allow for space...
Stories of Legacy and Gratitude

Stories of Legacy and Gratitude

Sunday, Nov 28, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis & Friends Overview: A long line of dedicated people made it possible for this congregation to exist and thrive today. What are the great stories? What are the small stories? Join Reverend Jennifer...
Culture is Our Lived Religion

Culture is Our Lived Religion

Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Tet Gallardo Overview: Culture is lived religion. Cultural differences also cause religious differences. Folks who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have long complained that the lack of culture in white...
On Principle

On Principle

Sunday, Nov 14, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Many of us cite the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism as a core expression of our shared values. From we covenant to promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person to the...
What Is of Worth

What Is of Worth

Sunday, Nov 7, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview:The pandemic upended everything about church life, especially how we congregate on Sunday mornings. As we keep learning about multi-platform worship, we can ask “why?” along with the “how?”...
Thinning the Veil

Thinning the Veil

Due to a technical error, audio was not recorded in the sanctuary and the service has been taken down Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: At this time of year, many cultures and faiths set aside time for when the veil...
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...
The Body Is Not an Apology

The Body Is Not an Apology

Sunday, Oct 24, 2021 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Reverend Jennifer Innis Overview: Sonya Renee Taylor promotes radical self-love for Everybody and Every Body in her book, “The Body is Not an Apology.” How do we tend to the relationship with our bodies? Coffee Hour...
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...