Services for February 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Love in Action
Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
February 7th: “The Power of Love in Action” — Listen to it here.
The word ‘love’ is often over-used. Do we even know what the term means, or how to share love? Love is an action, not just an emotion. Sometimes we see conservative religious organizations showing what they claim to be love through what most would call discrimination or hate. We need to learn the correct meaning of love and find ways to show it effectively in our communities.
Rev. Christopher Bush-Winston has been active for many years in children’s ministry, community education and outreach, particularly to inner city, at-risk and LGBT youth. Ordained in 2014, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history and is a founder of Open Arms Outreach Ministries in Norfolk/Virginia Beach.
February 14th: “What Do You Believe Love?” — Listen to it here.
“We tend to think of religion as a set of beliefs,” writes UUA President Peter Morales. “That is a huge mistake. Religion is much more about what we love than about what we think.” So imagine if, instead of asking one another what we believe, we were to ask one another what we love? Amazing things might happen when we discover what we truly value and care about!
February 21st: “The Courage of Our Convictions” — Listen to it here.
Unitarian Universalism has always lifted up “deeds, not creeds”. But what does that require of us? Our culture tells us to vote with our feet, to take the path of least resistance in all things, and to treat religion as a hobby. So where does courageous love come into it? Put it this way: if being a Unitarian Universalist were against the law and you were arrested and charged with being a UU, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
Services will feature special music by the ChorUUs!
February 28th: “Building Bridges with Love” — Listen to it here.
“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.” It’s a great ideal, but hardly easy to live up to in the everyday life that most of us experience! And yet, when it comes to finding ways not only to co-exist with people who are different from ourselves but to thrive in a community that truly celebrates diversity, love offers us what is, perhaps, the only way forward.