The end of October and the beginning of November is a time when the theme of death is imminent in nature. It is also the time when many religions pay homage to their beloved dead. In this service I will reflect on the way we Unitarian Universalists honor our beloved dead. Everyone is invited to bring to place on our altar a photograph of a loved one who has died and/or some object which the deceased one treasured. Remembrances of animal companions are welcome too. The death could have happened a long time ago or recently.
R.E. Advisory Team is hosting the First Annual All Congregational Halloween Party! (And Potluck) Time 3-6 pm

We have done this several times over the years and it is always interesting and fun. This is your chance to get up and share your opinion on issues, both large and small, local , state or national, which you feel strongly about. You will get 3 minutes to stand on the “soapbox” and speak to a (somewhat) captive audience. Issues can be from local, to international issues….they don’t have to be political in nature. Maybe you a pet peeve or an issue you want others in-formed of. Please try to be positive and no personal attacks. Come, listen, learn, connect.

In our Unitarian Universalists’ Principles and Purposes we claim as our sources for inspiration, Jewish, Christian, Humanist and Earth-Centered teachings. As it’s our practice in the liberal tradition to honor the wisdom messages we find in these religious teachings, in this service I’ll reflect on how the wisdom found in the Jewish Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — which together are referred to as “The Days of Awe” — is relevant to Unitarian Universalists.
Guest violinist Anna Schenfisch performs for us the beautiful Kol Nidre, a very special piece of music played on the holy day of Yom Kippur.

Led by guest minister Rev Leslie Kee . Her sermon will be “Valuing Inherent Worth: How Hard Can It Be?” Since valuing the inherent worth of every person is Unitarian Universalism’s first principle, it is important to go deeper and explore how this affirmation calls us to look forward while seeking better ways to honor our unique gifts as individuals and within our spiritual communities. Leslie is an engaging speaker and has spoken to us before. She is the former chaplain for the women’s prison in Lusk and now serves a growing UU congregation in Casper. Please come welcome her back to Laramie this morning.
Religious Education

This morning’s program is being offered by Harvey Hix, a celebrated poet and faculty member in the UW Department of Philosophy and Creative Writing Program. Harvey has spoken at our Fellowship on several previous occasions—and his words are invariably insightful, challenging, thoughtful and moving. He notes: “The congregants of this assembly are alert to the inextricability of one’s spiritual self and civic self. In a moment of highly visible anger in public life, it can be for private citizens (especially we citizens of a democratic nation, in an election season) a spiritual practice to consider the sources of that anger: the richer my understanding of that anger, the more likely I am to be able to shape my relationship to it intentionally. This morning’s reflection will discuss a few strategies for contextualizing and weighing the anger at work in our society.” (p.s. You might want to buy and read his powerful collection of poems, “American Anger: An Evidentiary” published by Etruscan Press in February of this year.)
Religious Education
Change for Change

How often have you tried to explain to someone what Unitarian Universalists (UU) believe or do not believe? What do you say to someone after you’ve told her or him we do not subscribe to any creed? How do you respond to someone who tells you that, in their opinion, UUism is not a religion because it doesn’t have any faith grounding it?
In this very light-hearted yet very serious reflection I lift up how we have lots of faith! Hopefully, I will have even provided some answers to those questions that may have been going around in your head for quite some time.
This is a great service to bring that person/s in your life who keeps vexing you with questions about UUism. Or it is for that someone who you sense is a Unitarian Universalist at heart and you feel would fall in love with it if they were introduced to it through a humorous and an honestly informative service.

Dr. Palmer is an alternative medicine provider who has been practicing in Laramie for 9 years and has helped numerous patients through challenging medical situations. Drawing on his experiences in practice, he will be speaking on how people discover the solutions they need during difficult times in life.

Unitarian Universalism has been called the “Quintessential Democratic Religion.” However, people seldom connect patriotism with Unitarian Universalism. Yet by all accounts we are a very patriotic religion. As it is the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and it is American’s Patriot Day, this thought-provoking reflection considers Unitarian Universalism’s distinct brand of patriotism. The reflection defines important distinctions, including the one between nationalism and patriotism.

Join Barbara Bogart for a casual conversation on the topic of choice on this holiday weekend.

water-life-cropA long standing tradition both within our UUFL and the wider UU community is the Water Communion. Its a Welcome back/In Gathering service which connects us again to one another after a summer of many of us being apart. In this inter-generational service, you are asked to bring a small amount of water from a place of SIGNIFICANCE where you were over the summer, maybe from a hike at Yellowstone, the stream at Moab or maybe from your own faucet. You’re then asked to speak briefly about the significance of the place to you or event from which this water came. All our water will then be pooled together to represent our coming together once again as a religious community. (Water can be symbolic if you don’t have water from the actual place.) Come join us as we begin our year together!