Sunday and Special Services (April 2015)

Services for April 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula

theme: Liberation

“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.  The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both.  But it must be a struggle.  Power concedes nothing without a demand.  It never did and it never will.” — Frederick Douglass

Special Service!
4pm on April 4th: a Passover Seder — UUFP Office Building

This multi-sensory liturgy dates back thousands of years and is celebrated 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 revisit the ancient story of liberation and hope.

Since the seder combines worship with a potluck meal, please sign up at: http://bit.ly/UUFPS15

April 5th: “Not a Moment, but a Movement”11am only at Sandy Bottom Nature Park

The Biblical story of the Hebrew exodus out of Egypt became a powerful source of hope for Africans and their descendents yearning for freedom from slavery in the United States.  In its own way, the Christian story of Easter has long been understood to make promises of liberation from guilt and fear.  And in today’s world we also have the “words and deeds of prophetic women and women which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love.”  The struggle continues!

Special music will be offered by the UUFP Winds!

April 12th: “Prejudice: a Retrospective” — 11am only at Sandy Bottom Nature Park

With so many recent events concerning racism in our country and the fiftieth anniversary of Selma, Joanne Dingus has taken some time to look back on examples of her own personal prejudice.  Reviewing these images past and present has improved her understanding of privilege and oppression, and she challenges us to examine our own attitudes about race and privilege.

Joanne Dingus

Joanne is the UUFP’s Director of Religious Education.  She loves her work with children and youth.  She sings in the ChorUUs, participates in a Fellowship Circle, and is an active member of the Sunday Services Committee.

April 19th: “Selma Here and Now”

More than fifty years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sent a telegram to faith leaders around the country, including Unitarian Universalists, calling on them to join him in Selma.  They heeded the call.  Now that the celebration of this historic event has passed, where do we go from here?  It’s 2015 and the American Dream is still only a dream for many, even in our own neighborhood.  As people of faith who value peace, justice and liberty for all, there are still many bridges to cross.

Christina Hockman

Christina Hockman is the UUFP’s intern.  She is a resident of Virginia and a member of First Unitarian in Richmond.  Currently a student at Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chris is in training to become a Unitarian Universalist minister.

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

April 26th: “Small Gods”

“In the beginning was the Word.  And the Word was ‘Hey, you!’  For Brutha the novice is the Chosen One.  He wants peace and justice and brotherly love.  He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please.”  When author Terry Pratchett (1948–2015) took us to the desert theocracy of Omnia, the time of the eighth prophet was nigh.  But then Brutha the novice heard the Great God Om talking to him — only it appeared that Om was just a lowly tortoise…

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About acmillard

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