Services for January 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Living Faith
Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
January 3rd: “Life as We Find It” — Listen to it here.
We come into this place with questions seeking answers and answers deserving better questions. We come into this place with hearts full of joys and sorrows, some near the surface, some buried deep, but all worthy of life and love. We come into this place struggling with decisions, with memories, with relationships, with what it means to be human. We come into this place to lift up life as we find it.
January 10th: “Enough Is Enough” — Listen to it here.
There may be times in our lives when we don’t feel like we’re enough, or when we’ve been told by others that we are not enough. Sometimes we may wonder if we’re getting enough out of life. Can reflection and gratitude help us turn “Is this all there is?” to “It’s enough.”?
Joanne Dingus is the Director if Religious Education at the UUFP. She is also Youth Director for the Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute (SUUSI) and is participating in a “Think Tank on Bridging” with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Joanne has two amazing college students and she enjoys art and poetry.
January 16th marks the beginning of Standing on the Side of Love’s “Thirty Days of Love” campaign, and this year’s theme is racial justice. The campaign kicks off on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend and concludes on Valentine’s Day. Thirty Days of Love is a time for community, prophetic action and, of course, love. Find out what this campaign means for our Fellowship.
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 this Spring, Chris has been approved by the Unitarian Universalist Association to become a UU minister.
January 24th: “Our Hearts’ Own Song” — Review the on-line service here.
Given the truths we may grasp and the meanings we may find in response to questions of life and death, it’s up to us to bring our best selves to our lives with one another. It’s up to us to lift up the less fortunate, to comfort those in need, to liberate those who are oppressed, and to realize our vision of a human community of justice and compassion. It’s up to us to enter a love so deep and holy that, whatever our disagreements, we may “keep the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace.”
Services will feature special music by the ChorUUs!
January 31st: “From the Ages of Rocks to the Rock of Ages: the Faith of a Scientist” — Listen to it here.
It was nearly fifty years ago, on a dark and stormy night far out in the North Atlantic, that I learned an important lesson while on my first research expedition. That lesson has continued to serve me well — even long after my career transition from marine geology into congregational ministry. How might we distinguish between stuff-that’s-true and stuff-that-matters? In what ways might contingencies and tinkering (rather than “intelligent design”) function as the essential pacemakers of every living system, including congregations?
Rev. David A. Johnson is currently the Interim Minister with the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists. Now in his twenty-ninth year of UU ministry, Rev. Johnson’s former career was as a paleontologist and marine geologist, at Woods Hole (MA), the Scripps Institution (CA) and the National Science Foundation. We welcome him to the UUFP in this pulpit swap with Rev. Andrew.