Sunday Services (October 2015)

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

theme: Common Ground

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

October 4th: “The Essence of Life”Listen to it here.

Just as countless drops of water nourish the soil, create a river, and carry life around the planet, so do we participate in and contribute to the river of life that is this religious community.  For when we offer our abilities and our aspirations to the living vessel that is this Fellowship, then it is in us and through us that our tradition comes to life, liberating minds and souls from lifeless creeds and moving forward together in the spirit of love that gladdens the hearts of all people.

For the Water Communion, please bring an ounce or two of water from home to the service.

October 11th: “The Spirituality of Dirt”Listen to it here.

What we call dirt is made of elements scattered across space by ancient supernovas.  Atoms of silicon, aluminium and calcium were bound to form the surface of our planet, and have been processed for billions of years.  Today’s living soil is dense with bacteria and fungi, protozoa and algae, photosynthesizing at the surface, fixing nitrogen in roots, using sunlight to sequester carbon, and releasing into the atmosphere their waste: the oxygen that we animals need to live.

Services will feature music by the UUFP Winds!

October 18th: “Spirals of Self-Discovery”Listen to it here.

Through the telling of the ancient story of Jumping Mouse, Rosalee Pfister will weave a tale of her own spiritual journey.  From Jumping Mouse to spirals to medicine wheels, she will explore how Unitarian Universalism has given her the freedom to explore what has become her pieced-together faith.

Rosalee PfisterRosalee Pfister has been a member of the UUFP since December 2011.  She is currently chair of the Membership Committee and communicator for the Web Hospitality Team.  Originally a California girl, she loves plants and working in her garden, as well as photography, scrapbooking and, when given the opportunity, telling stories.  She found Unitarian Universalism while living in Lafayette, Indiana, when her boys were young.

Services will feature music by the ChorUUs!

October 25th: “The Fragile Art of Hospitality”Listen to it here.

It’s natural to extend a warm welcome to someone we already know, someone who is like us in significant ways, someone who is in town for a shared purpose.  It’s more of a challenge when it’s someone we don’t know, someone who seems different from us, someone who shows up uninvited and makes us worry that they’re not going to fit in.  And yet, that’s the promise we’ve made, to welcome all those of good will to join with us, for this is the mission of our faith.


About acmillard

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