Sunday Services (July 2015)

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

theme: Holy Questions

Rev. Andrew Clive MillardServices include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.

July 5th: “Who Are You?” (Jn 1:19) — Listen to it here.

Sometimes, before you can find the right answers, you need to ask the right questions.  This month’s sermons follow a series of questions addressing fundamental matters of identity, desire, kinship and purpose.  We begin by considering who we understand ourselves to be and how we figure that out.  As Judy Garland put it, “Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.”

July 12th: “What Are You Looking For?” (Jn 1:38) — Listen to it here.

Christina HockmanIt is often said that life is about the journey, not the destination.  But yet, we often find ourselves seeking the things, people and situations we believe will fulfill us, only to be disappointed.  What are the costs of our searching?  Is there another way?

Christina Hockman is the UUFP’s student minister.  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.

July 19th: “Who Is My Neighbor?” (Lk 10:29) — Listen to it here.

Alice SmithWhen Jesus was asked this question, he responded with a story that became known as the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  Does the parable continue to speak to us today, two thousand years later?

As a member of the Sunday Services Committee and a participant of “Sharing the Pulpit” led by Chris Hockman and Joanne Dingus, Alice Smith accepts the challenge of leading services.  She has facilitated Fellowship Circles since their beginning at the UUFP, and has served on the Membership Committee and co-taught Adult RE classes, but this is her first time to preach!

July 26th: “What Then Must We Do?” (Lk 3:10) — Listen to it here.

We conclude our sermon series for the month with the title of an 1886 work of non-fiction by Leo Tolstoy, better known as the author of War and Peace.  Addressing poverty, greed and other barriers to a healthy society, Tolstoy offers a vision of a way of life that would turn the privileged from exploitation to service.

The choice of topic for this service was won in last year’s Auction by Connie Keller.

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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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