Services for October 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
— Melody Beatty
October 5th: “Gather at the River”
Our annual celebration of the Water Communion provides us with an opportunity to rejoice in all that we bring to the special faith community that is our Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula! We’ll also share in the gladness of our younger members who have now completed the 2014 Coming of Age program and will present to us their own personal faith statements!
For the Water Communion, please bring an ounce or two of water from home to the service.
October 12th: “Thanks-Receiving: The Healing Power of Gratitude”
In psychotherapy of late, we’re told to focus on what’s good about our day so that we’ll feel better. But gratitude isn’t something we can will into our lives, and the very sense that we should be thankful is one of the reasons we miss its healing power. The good news is that we can unlearn those things that blind us to life’s wonders, and we can uncover the reverence that is a vital element of our true nature.
Mike Verano is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist with twenty-nine years of experience in mental health. He is a self-professed recovering stressoholic, a cancer survivor, a blogger, and the author of several books that combine humor, Zen mindfulness, modern wisdom, and his own experiences as a “stress therapist”.
October 19th: “Connecting Us Through Time and Space”
Galen Guengerich, who is Senior Minister at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, has suggested that gratitude, as both a discipline and an ethic, should be the defining virtue of Unitarian Universalism. In this shared sermon, Rev. Andrew and Intern Chris will offer their reflections on how they put gratitude into practice in their own lives.
October 26th: “The Worth of Our Volunteers”
The genius of American culture is that civic organizations are voluntary associations. As such, congregations are made up of people who freely choose to gather to celebrate life’s blessings, to support one another in difficult times, to learn and grow in mind and spirit, and to work together to make the world a better place. That’s possible because those same people also volunteer in many different ways, so it’s important to appreciate volunteerism!
Special music will be offered by the UUFP’s ChorUUs!