Services for June 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Sources and Stories
Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
June 5th: “There Is Grandeur in This View of Life” — Listen to it here.
When both science and religion can offer, in the words of our First Source, “direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder”, it’s not really surprising to find constructive, creative dialogue between what some would have us believe are two warring sides. By way of example, Rev. Andrew will share his own story of moving from scientific research into Unitarian Universalist ministry.
Note: The “text” for this service is a video that includes strong language.
June 12th: “An Embarrassment of Riches”
Rather than a single, central mythos, Unitarian Universalism offers many inspiring stories. Our Second Source, then, consists of the “words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love”. Let’s tell a few of those stories — some familiar; others, perhaps, new — and hear what they have to teach us.
We’ll express our appreciation of our musicians and singers and special music will be provided by the fabulous ChorUUs!
June 19th: “A Rosary of Beads”
The main priority of our religion is sometimes mis-identified as learning about other religions. While that doesn’t make much sense, it does point to an important truth: our commitment to a multicultural, pluralistic world requires that we appreciate “wisdom from the world’s religions” (our Third Source), including knowing the “Jewish and Christian teachings” (our Fourth Source) from which both Universalism and Unitarianism emerged.
We’ll express our appreciation of our religious educators. The first (9:30am) service will follow our traditional format with a sermon; the second (11am) service will feature multigenerational dramas as well as the Bridging of two high school seniors.
June 26th: “One Strand in the Web” — Listen to it here.
What happens when you mix together wisdom from our Fifth (“Humanist teachings”) and Sixth (“spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions”) Sources? Can a scientist on Earth be anything but Earth-centered? This service will explore some of these ideas and identify some of the central values of living on this planet. In the process we’ll do a bit of comparative planetology as well as some personal and community reflection.
Lin Chambers has, with her husband Henry, been a UUFP member for about eight years. She recently marked the milestone of one third of a century as a NASA engineer and scientist. Lin grew up with a physicist father who was ahead of his time in many ways, including an emphasis on green living. The saying that best fits her attitude to life is “Waste not, want not.”