December 10, 2017: Giving Birth

Chalice Lighting:  The mystic  Evelyn Underhill wrote, “The Incarnation, which is for popular Christianity synonymous with the historical birth and earthly life of Christ, is for the mystic not only this but also a perpetual Cosmic and personal process.  It is an everlasting bringing forth, in the universe and also in the individual ascending soul, […]

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October 22, 2017: Teach-In

This service was part of the second UU White Supremacy Teach-In, which encouraged (and challenged) UU congregations around the country to look intentionally and explicitly at the ways we all participate in white supremacy culture. Peter Walpole contributed an original piece for the Opening Words, “Three Fifths Compromise.” I’m want you to hang on to […]

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October 8, 2017: Spiritual Roots

This month we are exploring the image of Roots.  I am especially moved by the images on the altar in which glass jars show the roots which support these plants and draw up nourishment from the water. Today I am enquiring about our spiritual roots.  I am encouraging all of us to know our spiritual […]

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October 1, 2017: Story Sunday

We will have guest preacher Walter Clark.  (Walter received his Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in spring of 2016. He was an intern at the First Unitarian Universalist of Richmond for two years as well as an intern at the Fellowship of the Peninsula in Newport news last year.)  This is also […]

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October 29, 2017: Ancestors Sunday

One of the “touchstone” services we return to year after year – Ancestors Sunday.  It is a multigenerational service, the ceremony of child dedication will be offered, and the choir will be singing. [Remember:  our choir rehearses in the sanctuary on Thursday evenings, starting at 7:15.  If you love music, and want to be a […]

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September 24, 2017: Metaphor of the Bowl Pt 2

For the last Sunday of the month, September 24th, we will be settled into our two-service, two-RE routine, and will be finishing up our playing with the metaphor/image of the bowl.  Rev. Wik will be preaching, and our choir will once again sing.  [Remember:  our choir rehearses in the sanctuary on Thursday evenings, starting at […]

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September 17, 2017: Metaphor of the Bowl

September 17th will be the first Sunday on which we again have two Sunday services (and two religious education programs for our children and youth).  Worship and Religious Education will begin at 9:15 and 11:15, and Rev. Wik will be preaching.  [Our Social Action Collection will go to support PACEM – People and Congregations Engaged […]

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September 10, 2017: Balloon Sunday

On Sunday, September 10, 2017, the congregation I serve celebrated its annual Balloon Sunday.  We heard the story we called “Grandmother’s Courage,” and my reflections were an exploration of its message.  (Although the story is not included in this post, I think the lessons are clear even without knowing it.) In seminary I was taught […]

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September 3, 2017: Of Cracks and Flowers

I have always loved the story Leia just read.  I first heard it years and years ago, and it touched me then.  All these years later it continues to move me. One of the reasons I so love that story is because I am that pot with a crack in it.  I know only two […]

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