We continue our exploration of unexpected ways to expand our spiritual practices using the alphabet as a prompt. Join us for this entertaining interactive service.
October 15: “Classism among and around Us: A Unitarian-Universalist’s Conversation with Capitalism” / Matt StannardServices
Is capitalism compatible with our religious ethics? If it’s killing us, does that even matter?
Today it’s common to hear a person say, “I am not a religious person, but I am a spiritual person.” I wish I had ten dollars for each time I’ve heard this and that I’d put the money in my retirement account. If I had, my retirement would be very comfortable. This service will look at what that assessment –- “I am not a religious person, but a spiritual person” — means in relation to participating in the life of a religious community.
Many of us — in these times of obvious political turmoil and social upheaval — have a lot of anxieties and fears about the future. The turmoil I personally feel and see in so many others has me thinking about “Keeping Perspective”. Do join us as I grapple with this important yet fuzzy topic. During this service a simple candle-lighting ritual remembering those who are victims of domestic abuse will be held. (Our liturgical element “Time for All Ages” will not be offered but will return in a future service.)
In times of need even most Unitarian Universalists will say to themselves, “Oh, God, help me; I need somebody to guide me or rescue me.” Or, “I’ll do anything just to make my baby get well!” Sounds like we’re praying. However, as most UUs don’t posit a god or at least one who has ears, either literally or metaphorically, these traditional forms of prayer put us in an awkward situation or in a theological quandary. Nonetheless, we do have strategies that deal with this dilemma. I’ll offer some of those strategies for your consideration.
In this reflection I will address the perennially important and poignant issue of what to do when our hearts break – our own and the hearts of others.
Is kindness something humans are born with or is it a learned behavior? Rev. Kee will explore this question and what it means to belong to a religious tradition which values kindness in a world which, especially these days, seems to be ok with unkindness.
“Self-Compassion” – What it is, how it can help, and when it might not be all that useful.
A long-standing tradition both within our Fellowship and the wider UU community is the Water Communion, a Welcome Back/In-Gathering service that connects us again to one another after a summer of many of us being apart. For this inter-generational service, please bring a small amount of water from a place of significance where you were over the summer, whether it be from a hike at Yellowstone, the stream at Moab, your own faucet, or “virtual.” You will have an opportunity to speak briefly about the significance of the place to you or event from which this water came. All of our water will be pooled together to represent our coming together once again as a religious community. Come join us as we begin our formal church year together.
The weeds are taking over! Please come help us spruce up both the outside and inside of the building as we prepare for our more formal Fellowship year starting later this month. We need to wash windows, dust, vacuum, and do general tidying up as well as pulling some persistent weeds in the yard. Come with work gloves, a Weed Whacker if you have one, or your window cleaner if you can. Otherwise we will have what we need to get our Fellowship home sparkling. Come stay for 30 minutes or as long as you can.