May’s Services

Services for May 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula

theme: Synergy

May 5th: “Where I Sit Is Holy, Holy Is the Ground”

Members of EarthRising, the Fellowship’s Nature-centered spirituality group, will provide an experiential service to facilitate our recognition of our deep, sacred connection to the Earth, Nature and the Universe.  “We are stardust, and we’ve got to get back to the garden!”  Together, mythopoetically, through music, meditation and possibly dance, we will attempt to experience “the Interdependent Web of All Existence of which we are a part.”

May 12th: “Manifest in Beauty

As we celebrate Mothers’ Day, this service features one of the most beloved liturgies practiced by Unitarian Universalist congregations, namely the Flower Communion.  Just as a bouquet is a unique expression of the flowers comprising it, so does the shared humanity of diverse individuals manifest in the greater beauty of the community that they create together.

Note: For the Flower Communion, please bring one flower (preferably with a long stem) for each person attending the service.

May 19th: “Together We Are More

Through selected folk tales from the world’s cultural traditions, we’ll look at what it means to be part of something larger.  How does being in relationship with others allow us to do things that we cannot do ourselves?  What happens when we lose sight of the bigger goals we face together?  How can even simple ways in which we cooperate with one another make all the difference?

The first (9:30am) service will follow our traditional format with a sermon; the second (11am) service will be multigenerational with most other service elements.  Special music will be provided by the fabulous ChorUUs!

Note: The Annual Meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula follows second service.

May 26th: “Soul Repair: A Social Practice of Love

Moral injury is defined as “an inner conflict based on an evaluation of having inflicted or witnessed harm.  It results from a capacity for both empathy and self-reflection on moral values, which means it happens to healthy human beings.”  Addressing moral injury is a religious task, and as a religious community we have a vital role to play in helping even those who may not consider themselves religious to find healthy ways to express themselves and mend their own souls.

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About acmillard

Andrew serves as minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula in Newport News, Virginia.
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