Sunday Services (April 2014)

Services for April 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula

theme: Awakening

April 6th: “Choosing the Better Part?”

Have you ever been so caught up in an ordinary task that you failed to notice something extraordinary that was right in front of you?  When stress, anxiety or looming deadlines are involved, it’s easy to be even more distracted from being mindful, from being present, from simply being aware of being alive.  And yet being alive involves so many ordinary tasks, how do we choose?

April 13th: “And We Shall Be Changed!”

Generations of MacPhersons at GA 2011

At the 2011 UUA General Assembly banner parade
with daughter Dianna and grand-daughter Erin.
Courtesy of Rev. MacPherson.

As Easter nears, it seems like a very important issue to ask, how does religion change us, and the world?

Rev. David Hicks MacPherson is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister.  He helped to build congregations and their buildings in Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  A fifth-generation Universalist, his book Reclaiming Universal Salvation: Universalism Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow was published in 2011.

April 20th: “The Plight of the Pharisees (Rocking the Boat)

The Pharisees get a bum rap for plotting against Jesus — as reported, it should be noted, by Jesus’ followers!  But they were in the tough spot of trying to preserve their religion and culture in the midst of an all-powerful empire (that nonetheless gave the Jews special dispensation to practice monotheism) when this radical upstart from Nazareth comes along and threatens to ruin everything.

Special music will be provided by the UUFP’s ChorUUs!

Special Service!
4pm on April 20th: a Passover Seder

This social justice liturgy dates back thousands of years and is performed annually by millions of Jews and people of other faiths.  The modern seder allows us to bring its meaning alive in terms of contemporary themes, while continuing to celebrate the ancient story of liberation and hope.

Since the seder combines worship with a potluck meal, please sign up at: http://bit.ly/UUFPS14

April 27th: “Discipleship to Advancing Truth”

In 1944, the American Unitarian Association proposed “A Statement of Unitarian Working Principles” in terms of “individual freedom of belief, discipleship to advancing truth, the democratic process in human relations, universal brotherhood undivided by nation, race or creed, and allegiance to the cause of a united world community.”  That language is now found in the UUFP’s By-Laws to describe our Fellowship’s purpose, but what does it mean to us, seventy years after it was written?

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