Sunday and Special Services (November 2015)

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

theme: Spiritual Practices

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

November 1st: “Our Seven Principles”Listen to it here.

It’s Bring a Friend to Church Day!  This year we look at the values we affirm and promote as Unitarian Universalists, in the form of the Seven Principles that are sometimes described to non-UUs as one way to explain our faith.  But can you name all seven?  Players in the “amazing race” game we held at last month’s Retreat found this to be quite a challenge to their memories!

November 8th: “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”Listen to it here.

Robert Frost gave the world this proverb in his 1914 poem, “Mending Wall”, though the idea has been around much longer: Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack, for instance, recommended that the reader “Love your neighbor; yet don’t pull down your hedge.”  So what do the fences, walls and hedges of personal boundaries have to do with healthy relationships?

November 15th: “Practice Makes Imperfect”

Psychiatrist and spiritual director Carolyn Gratton notes that a foundation of spiritual development is “waking up to the range and power of our own human hearts.”  There are many ways to “wake up” through spiritual practice, and we need not be seeking enlightenment or nirvana to do so.  What can the embracing of our imperfections teach us on the spiritual path?

Christina HockmanChristina 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.

Services will feature music by the ChorUUs!

November 22nd: “Mealtime as Sacred Time”Listen to it here.

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, let’s reflect on the meaning of mealtime.  Beyond the nourishment of the food itself, how are we mindful of the miracle of life we share with all beings?  What difference does it make sit with friends and loved ones to share a meal together?  With thanks for those who provided food, how do we welcome guests at our table?

last year's observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014
(picture by A. Millard)

Special Service!
4:30pm on November 22nd for Transgender Day of Remembrance

Join us for an early evening service marking the seventeenth annual, internationally observed witness of and resistance to violence based on bias against transgender people.  We’ll begin in the Sanctuary for some music, a brief reflection and the reading of names before lighting candles at sunset and processing outside for a time of silent vigil.

This service will be led by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard, Christina Hockman and the Unitarian Church of Norfolk’s Rev. Charlie Dieterich.

November 29th: “Expectation”Listen to it here.

Now that the Christmas season is in full swing, we start to imagine what the holidays hold for us in the coming weeks.  Let’s consider our expectations of ourselves regarding how we can be part of building the global community.

Walter ClarkWalter Clark is a third year seminary student at Meadville Lombard Theological School and a student minister at First Unitarian Universalist of Richmond.  He comes from a long line of Pennsylvanians and hopes to return to the trees of western Pennsylvania some day with his wife and two children.  When not studying for Meadville or working for the Richmond congregation, Walter can be found doodling cartoons, taking pictures or simply enjoying time with his family.

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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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