Services for March 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
March 2nd: “The ‘A’ Word”
A recent Gallup poll found that only 54% of Americans would vote for an otherwise well-qualified atheist running for office, fewer than for a Muslim (58%) or a lesbian or gay (68%) candidate. At the same time, there’s a growing battle for the soul (so to speak) of atheism, from, on the one hand, the anti-religion “new atheists” like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris and, on the other, the religion-friendly “faitheists” like Chris Stedman. Which is more likely to change voters’ minds, though?
The choice of topic for this service by Rev. Andrew was won in last year’s Auction by Lin and Henry Chambers.
March 9th: “From Day-Dreams to Life Dreams”
“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to
draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”
— motto of Life magazine in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Walter Mitty’s daydreams lessened when he learned to embrace life. Rev. Andrew (at the 9:30am service) and the high school class (at the 11am service) will explore themes from the recent movie, including courage, giving in to the unknown, applying yourself to life, and staying in the moment, reflecting on taking inspiration from day-dreams to create life dreams.
March 16th: “Transformation”
Our lives are full of change, at an ever accelerating pace. How do we open ourselves to change in ways that grow our spirits, that help us reach our aspirations? What might it take to find a place of curiosity rather than resistance to change? Let’s explore together the spiritual nature of change and the resources that make transformation possible.
The Rev. Kristen Rohm currently serves as the Interim Minister for the Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula, one of the oldest Universalist churches in Southern California. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, John, their son, Colin, and their black lab, Buddy. Their daughter, Ellen, attends Washington and Lee University. Kristen is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School. She has a daily yoga practice and loves to cook, knit and hike when she has free time.
March 23rd: “Leaning Over the Edge in Wonder”
The walls of our Sanctuary are currently decorated with original artwork inspired by Peter Mayer’s popular “Blue Boat Home”. While his song expresses gratitude for the living spaceship that is planet Earth, it also sets to music — and now visual art! — our “direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.”
Special music will be provided by the UUFP’s ChorUUs!
March 30th: “Good News/Right Times for Religious Liberals”
UUA Moderator Jim Key will posit that Unitarian Universalism is poised to make a difference in the world if we are willing to seize the moment.
Jim Key was elected Moderator at the June 2013 General Assembly to a single, six-year term. As Moderator, Jim chairs the UUA Board of Trustees, facilitates the business sessions at General Assembly, and serves as chief governance officer. He consults regularly with leaders and administrative committees at the national, regional, district and congregational levels.
Jim has served our faith from the ground up, helping to start a new congregation in Beaufort SC, then serving as its president for five years. He served as Vice President and then President of the Southeast District, facilitating the formation of the UUA’s Southern Region. He has also served on several UUA committees and chaired the UUA’s Audit Committee.
Jim is married to Liz Key. Their multiracial family includes three children and six grandchildren.