Services for May 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
Hosea Ballou and the other Universalists preached a message of divine love for all without exception. Their message was a radical one for the time and for our time: that there is nothing we need to do to “earn” God’s love. We will explore how our worth and abundance are found within ourselves rather than outside of ourselves. How does our Universalist tradition help us to find abundance within ourselves?
Margaret M. Sequeira serves as the Consulting Minister for the UU Congregation of the Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk NC. She is a candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry and has a Masters of Theological Studies in Ethics and Social Theory. She blogs at www.scatteredrevelations.net.
May 10th: “Loving the Hell Out of the World” — We’re back home! 9:30am and 11am in the Fellowship’s own Sanctuary at 415 Young’s Mill Lane in Newport News!
The early Universalists rejected the Christian idea of Hell as an ultimate destination for human souls. Today, we understand the Universalist side of our tradition as proclaiming a shared destiny for all humanity. Of course, the manifestations of such a message are universal, from (Unitarian) Julia Ward Howe’s “Mother’s Day Proclamation” to the women of Northern Ireland who set aside their differences to work for peace.
Following second service, there will be an all-congregation potluck celebrating our return to our own Sanctuary Building!
May 17th: “Nobody Gets Left Behind”
Springtime is working its magic upon the Earth and it’s time for our annual Flower Communion! Created by Czech Unitarian ministers Norbert and Maja Čapek, this liturgy honors and celebrates the uniqueness and value of every person as well as the beauty that each of us brings to our shared life together. The visible example of the flowers strengthens our resolve to be one family, united by the spirit of love.
Note: For the Flower Communion, please bring one flower (preferably with a long stem) for each person attending the service.
Special music will be offered by the UUFP’s ChorUUs!
May 24th: “Mindful Memorial Day”
The act of mindfulness can play a helpful role in remembering those who died in service to our nation. Mindfulness is also a tool that is being used to help our surviving veterans still suffering the effects of war. Find out what we, as Unitarian Universalists, can do to help heal the souls of our warriors.
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.
May 31st: “Universalist Roots”
Universalism traces back to Christian heresy as early as the third century. Universalist thinking gained prominence with the coming of the Protestant Reformation and was embraced by men like George de Benneville and John Murray in the eighteenth century. Universalism grew in America, nurtured by such people who settled here, and played a large role in the social and moral growth of the republic. Universalists opposed slavery and fostered the equality of women among other causes. This is the story of half of our heritage as Unitarian Universalists.
Jim Sanderson is a professional librarian and a frustrated history teacher. He served as a locally ordained minister in Petersburg and has been an active Unitarian Universalist for more than twenty-five years. At the UUFP, Jim currently services on the Policy Board as Vice President.