Services for January 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
“Human beings, individually and collectively, become human by making commitments, by making promises. The human being as such, as Martin Buber says, is the promise-making, promise-keeping, promise-breaking, promise-renewing creature. The human being is the promise-maker, the commitment-maker.”
— James Luther Adams, “From Cage to Covenant” (1976)
January 4th: “Resolution”
The making of promises is essential to both human beings and Unitarian Universalism: Jewish philosopher Martin Buber defined humans as “the promise-making creature” while UU theologian James Luther Adams developed the theology of covenant that we had been practicing for centuries. As we enter the New Year, let’s reflect on what this means to us, both individually and collectively.
January 11th: “Commitment”
When we join together in worship we are keeping our promises to each other to build the Beloved Community. Sharing our values and living our principles deepens our commitment to one another and to our Unitarian Universalist faith. Join with us to celebrate these promises, in this special music- and ritual-filled service.
Jaimie Dingus is in her second year at Boston University where she is majoring in Religious Studies. She is a member of the leadership team for The Sanctuary Boston.
January 18th: “Disappointment”
One of the hallmarks of liberal religion is an ultimate optimism that “reveres the past but trusts the dawning future more.” It brings with it, though, the risk of only seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. How do we prevent hope and even gratitude from being mis-applied as “cheap grace” and instead allow ourselves the time and authenticity we need to process pain and loss?
Weather-permitting, part of this service will take place outdoors. Please plan
January 25th: “Forgiveness”
The cycle of covenant is closed when we renew the promises we have made. But how do we do that when promises have been broken? Perhaps some promises should not be re-made, whereas others require forgiveness before that’s possible — and in many cases that’s easier said than done. As much as any other, forgiveness is a spiritual discipline that, as a final form of love, seeks wholeness.
Special music will be offered by the UUFP’s ChorUUs!