Services for May 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Beloved Community
May 4th: “Who Are Our Neighbors?”
All of our Seven Principles invoke our humanity in relation to other humans. Unitarian Universalism is a relational faith, and we speak of realizing the Beloved Community, a concept popularized by Dr. King. Ours is a vision of a commonwealth of love and justice, not just within our own walls but beyond, requiring an understanding of ourselves in relation to those around us.
In preparation for this service, you are invited to answer for yourself the question, “Who is my neighbor?”
May 11th: “Articulating Our Pluralism”
In the text of the Principles and Sources, it is said that our living tradition draws on “many sources” and that we are “grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith”. However, this implied pluralism is not clearly defined anywhere in our covenant. How might we articulate it, both to the world and to each other? And what might a greater focus on religious pluralism mean for our religion?
AJ Bennett is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and soon-to-be graduate of Christopher Newport University, majoring in Philosophy and Religious Studies with a concentration in Pre-Seminary. He has been involved since high school in Unitarian Universalist leadership at the congregational, district and denominational levels, including campus ministry at CNU. He plans to attend seminary in the future.
May 18th: “What That Looks Like”
Unitarian Universalists share a covenant, in the words of Alice Blair Wesley, to “walk together in the ways of truth and affection, as best we know them now or may learn them in days to come, that we and our children may be fulfilled and that we may speak to the world in words and actions of peace and goodwill.” But how do we actually put that into practice?
Special music will be offered by the UUFP’s ChorUUs!
May 25th: “Identity, Belonging and Heresy”
Human beings have the need for a unique identity and a primal need to belong. Often, Unitarian Universalists have been considered heretics. A heretic is “one who chooses”. How do Unitarian Universalists create community which balances the needs for identity, belonging and healthy heresy?
The Reverend Jennifer Slade received her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1990. She has served congregations in Greenville SC, Durham and Clinton NC, and Woodstock IL, and currently minister to the Unitarian Church of Norfolk. She has also consulted with congregations across the Southeast District. She looks forward to getting to know the Tidewater region better, and we welcome Rev. Jennifer to the Fellowship in this pulpit swap with Rev. Andrew, who will be preaching in her place at UCN.