Services for August 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
August 2nd: “Small Group Ministry” — Listen to it here.
As part of our congregation’s mission “to create a dynamic community that celebrates life and searches for truths”, one of our shared ministries facilitates opportunities to engage in compassionate deep listening. In the form of small group ministry that we call Fellowship Circles, we bring people together simply to listen to each other, encouraging them to accept one another’s words with compassion and without judgment.
Rev. Andrew will share this service with UUFP members who will reflect on the importance of this shared ministry in their own lives.
August 9th: “Dimensions of Care” — Listen to it here.
The covenant enacted by members of the Fellowship includes caring for one another in times of need and letting others care for us, too. As a shared ministry, there are a number of ways we can do this, from sending someone a thoughtful card or taking them a meal or helping them get somewhere to offering a caring, comforting “pastoral presence”.
Rev. Andrew will share this service with UUFP members who will reflect on what it has meant to engage in this shared ministry of caring.
August 16th: “Sacred Feast: Feeding and Eating and the Ministry of the Church” — Listen to it here.
The mainline church is changing, possibly more than we Unitarian Universalists realize. Our ways of thinking about food are changing, and that may be more obvious to us. How do these two “new” phenomena relate to each other and to ministry?
Sara Mackey lives in Richmond and currently works at Union Presbyterian Seminary, where she earned her Mdiv. She served the Williamsburg UUs as Director of Faith Development and has volunteered in many capacities at UU Community Church in Glen Allen. Always on the lookout for new perspectives, Sara currently attends evening worship at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. She has a son, a daughter-in-law and a new grandson in New York and a daughter and a son-in-law in Ohio. She loves to make things and is improving her knitting and crochet skills, inch by inch.
August 23rd: “The Simple Offer of Human Connection” — Listen to it here.
A lot of what happens on a Sunday morning isn’t what many people would think of as “doing church”, but it’s absolutely foundational. When we interact with the other people who’ve come, such as checking in with one another and sharing our news, we renew those human connections that form the basis of our community. And when we reach out to the people who aren’t there, then we’re fulfilling the promise we make to be a community.
Rev. Andrew will share this service with UUFP members who will reflect on how we are developing shared inreach ministry.
August 30th: “Our Mission Calls Us Out” — Listen to it here.
Our ability “to create a dynamic community that celebrates life and searches for truth” depends intimately and necessarily on an orientation toward justice, both within our own walls and beyond. We inherit a tradition of service, witness, advocacy and other prophetic action from both Unitarian and particularly Universalist halves of our religious heritage: our welcoming, worth-shaping, wondering faith calls out to be put into practice!
Rev. Andrew will share this service with UUFP members who will reflect on how we are developing shared outreach ministry.