Our guest UU minister this morning is Rev Kelly Dignan from the Greeley UU Church. “Our society often thinks transition is just another word for change. In fact, the two are different. Change is situational – the events that occur which lead to a new reality. Transition, however, is psychological and spiritual – the process we undergo to incorporate changes into our lives.”

Is yours half empty or half full? What does it take to fill yours up? Bring your favorite cup with you this Sunday as we explore the spiritual dimensions of these everyday objects.

Throughout history, humans have wondered if there is someplace where pain and suffering have been transformed into eternal joy and happiness. How are concepts of an afterlife reconciled out-side of a traditional concept of heaven. Join us this Sunday as we again welcome Rev Leslie Kee , from the Casper UU Fellowship as she explores these ideas with us.

What can we learn from the season of autumn . . . you might be surprised!

(Due to a family emergency, the program announced in our newsletter for this Sunday has been postponed.)

This Sunday we welcome the Laramie Jewish Community Center’s visiting student Rabbi. Every year, the Laramie Jewish Community Center brings in a visiting student Rabbi for the Jewish High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The Laramie Jewish Community Center had not finalized their arrangements with the Rabbi at the time our newsletter went to press, so we do not have a specific sermon topic, but assume it will relate the Jewish High Holy Days. High Holy Days or Rosh Hashanah (“Jewish New Year”) and Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement”) and the ten day period including these holidays are known as the Ten Days of Repentance. During this time the Jews ask for forgiveness for those they have wronged.

Rev Leslie Kee from Casper joins us again. Her sermon title is “Cowboy Up! What’s the Real Message?” This is an exploration of the question, do contemporary UU values fit into a 19th century cultural mythology.

This is an exploration of why Theodore Parker’s story still has the power to inspire Unitarian Universalists in the 21st century. Do join us.
We are delighted to welcome back to our pulpit, the Rev Leslie Kee, the minister of the UU church in neighboring Casper. Leslie is the former chaplain for the women’s prison in Lusk.

Change for Change, recipient to be announced.
The first RE for children will be offered for the 2014-2015 church year. We will discuss the story God in Between to understand the value of the energy of action and of helping each other.

Maybe the approach of Fall, the start of the school year, some few leaves beginning to turn make one think of changes. For whatever reason they have been much on my mind of late, so I was happy to get the chance to explore the topic in more depth with you. My mind pretty quickly went to the big words: metamorphosis, transformation, transfiguration. I even thought about resurrection, but better leave that one for Easter. Anyway I rather fell in love with transfiguration, So maybe I will stick with that one. I like saying it. It sounds so musical. Richard Strauss even entitled one of his symphonies with its German equivalent which unfortunately doesn’t sound so musical, at least to American ears.

 
For the first sermon of our more formal church year, we have called upon one of our favorite past ministers, Rev. Joseph Kiovsky, to return from his comfortable retirement and gardening down in Colorado for an encore visit. Joe served our congregation during our transition from the Pyramid—described by one interim minister as a “nice clubhouse”—to our current accessible and relatively spacious location.

Because it is a holiday weekend, we will have no formal service, but instead offer “Coffee and Conversation” to those looking for both on this Sunday morning.

A long standing tradition both within our Laramie Fellowship and in many UU churches, the Water Communion is a Welcome back/In Gathering service which connects us again to one another after not seeing one another over the summer. It’s also a nice intergenerational program. You are asked to bring a small amount of water from a place of SIGNIFICANCE which you visited over the summer. You are then asked to speak briefly about what is significant to you about the place or event from which this water came. All our water will be pooled together to represent our coming together once again as a religious community.  In the past, our collected (and purified) water has been used for child dedication ceremonies.