Services for September 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Mutual Connection
September 6th: “All Labor Has Dignity” — Listen to it here.
A casual observer might be forgiven for thinking that many of our national holidays are all about cookouts and car sales. However, Labor Day was intended as a celebration of the rights and achievements of American workers. Furthermore, it was made a federal holiday following an infamous railroad strike in which one of our Universalist forebears played the villain.
Both services will feature music by the UUFP Winds!
September 13th: “One Is the Only Number: a Meditation on the Web of Life” — Listen to it here.
Belief in a separate self, disconnected from its source, creates all manner of suffering, both internal and external. From fences between neighbors and borders between countries to loneliness and isolation, we pay a high price for maintaining the illusion of separateness. We find the antidote to these ills in the wisdom that allows us to rest in the web of the One. Once we understand that everything is the way it is because the Universe is, we find in place of anger and frustration the Divine Love that moves the Sun and other stars.
We welcome Mike Verano back to the Fellowship. A professional counselor, he is a self-professed recovering stressoholic, a cancer survivor, a blogger, and the author of several books drawing upon his own experiences as a “stress therapist”.
September 20th: “Everything in This World Is Connected” — Listen to it here.
When a grumpy gecko is inconvenienced by some flashing fireflies, little does he realize that he and the annoying insects are part of a greater, interdependent whole. How can we use the practice of compassion to overcome our frustrations regarding differences, so that our interconnections become visible?
Christina Hockman is the UUFP’s student minister. She is a resident of Richmond, Virginia and a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond. Planning to graduate from the Meadville Lombard Theological School next Spring, Chris is in training to become a Unitarian Universalist minister.
The first (9:30am) service will follow our traditional format with a sermon; the second (11am) service will include a multigenerational drama along with most other service elements. Both services will feature music by the ChorUUs!
September 27th: “From Interdependence to Inherent Worth” — Listen to it here.
“Here is a picture of Cecil the Lion that the media won’t show you. They always point fingers at dentists that kill lions, but never talk about the rampant lion-on-lion crime that takes place everyday in the wild. In addition, Cecil the Lion was found to have traces of tall yellow grass in his system, which has never been known to correlate with violence, but we will just mention it just because. If he had shown the dentist his identification and not been outside the preserve, this would have never happened.”