July Worship

During the summer worship often takes on a more relaxed feel — we have only the one service at 10:00, and it’s a time for different voices in the pulpit.  On the 2nd, Rev. Wik will preach, and on the 9th it will be Rev Alex’s turn.  Sunday the 16th the preacher will be one […]

Continue reading

June 25, 2017: Hope’s Two Daughters

Augustine of Hippo once wrote, “Hope has two beautiful daughters – Anger and Courage.  Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they don’t remain as they are.”  There’s a lot to unpack in that, and a lot for us to learn.  Rev. Wik will preach. NOTE: The church office will be closed […]

Continue reading

June 18, 2017: Song in a Weary Throat

“I have never been able to accept what I believe to be an injustice. Perhaps it is because of this I am America’s problem child …” “America’s problem child.”  That’s the way – one of the ways – that the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray saw herself … and not without some reason.  Pauli was one […]

Continue reading

May 28, 2017: Too Fast

For Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan began on this past Friday evening.  Ramadan is so central to Islam that it is considered one of the “five pillars” of the faith, and fasting is central to Ramadan.  With only a few exceptions (which I’ll get back to in a moment), every Muslim is expected to […]

Continue reading

Singer, songwriter, and peace activist Pete Seeger wrote that, “a good song reminds us what we’re fighting for.”  On this Music Sunday we’ll look at how music can help us embody our quest for justice.  Our Director of Music, Scott DeVeaux, and Rev. Wik lead our exploration. [Note:  the choir will be singing.  Also, this […]

Continue reading

Ringing the Chime Greetings Good morning, and welcome to Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist.  Ours is a congregation in the liberal religious tradition, and we welcome all who would work together to make this a world in which all are welcome.  As a part of that welcome I would encourage each of us to […]

Continue reading

April 23, 2017: Communal Renewal

As we consider the very real threats to our beloved Earth, it’s easy to get discouraged and overwhelmed. Instead, let us observe Earth Day by renewing both our spirits and our resolve with our annual flower communion. Bring a flower to help fill our sanctuary with beauty and our hearts with hope.

Continue reading

April 16, 2017: The Rite of Spring

Our Christian kin celebrate Easter, the commemoration of Christ’s resurrection from the grave.  Yet there are many ways of understanding – and experiencing – “resurrection.”  Our “Rite of Spring” service is a look at the transformation of death to life, winter to spring, and the “tomb time” in our own lives into our own resurrection.  […]

Continue reading

The work of social justice is the work of societal transformation, and the Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together (IMPACT) is one way this work has been done in the Charlottesville – Albemarle area for the past decade.  As with all community organizing, the power of an individual is transformed into the power of […]

Continue reading