Services for March 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Life Abundant
Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
March 6th: “Be a Bigger Thing” — Listen to it here.
How big can we dream? Unitarianism evolved to be a more inclusive religion, while Universalism became so intentionally. Once combined, Unitarian Universalism promised to be “a big tent”, not just tolerating theological and cultural differences but actively embracing them. Don’t we have as big a vision of ourselves as a congregation, shining the light of our liberal faith here on the Virginia Peninsula?
March 13th: “I’m not saved: I’m invested!”
Much of Western Religion aims at helping believers be saved. What happens if we look at religion as a plan for investment rather than saving? Jim Sanderson takes a look at the idea that Unitarian Universalism is an investor’s religion as shown through our Seven Principles. Spiritually we seek growth (even with the possibility of loss) rather than salvation. After all Universalism assures us that the salvation part is already taken care of.
Jim Sanderson is a long-time member of this Fellowship, presently serving as Vice President. He is currently exploring the joys of recent retirement. When asked what he was going to do now that he had retired, Jim was able to happily respond “I’m going to Disney World!”
March 20th: “Clever Queen, Foolish King” — Listen to it here.
Purim has been described as one of the most festive of all Jewish holidays. It is based on the Book of Esther, a story of intrigue, passion, fortune both good and bad, pride and downfall. Purim offers something we can all celebrate: a victory over religious discrimination!
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. Graduating from the Meadville Lombard Theological School this Spring, Chris has been approved by the Unitarian Universalist Association to become a UU minister and is presently in search for a congregation to serve.
The first (9:30am) service will follow our traditional format with a sermon; the second (11am) service will feature a multigenerational drama. Special music will be provided (at both services) by the ChorUUs!
March 27th: “From Expectation to Aspiration” — Listen to it here.
Just as Christmas is preceded by Advent, so is Easter preceded by Lent, a time of waiting and preparation. And yet folk lore and world religions advise us not to cling too tightly to expected outcomes, warning us against approaching the future with a sense of entitlement. Rather than succumbing to ego and inevitable disappointment, let’s anticipate what is to come with hope and “thoughtful wishing”!