Services for July 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Here We Have Gathered
Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
July 3rd: “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”
In the early hours of June 12th, a man killed forty-nine people, the majority of them Latinx, at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. The usual response followed from politicians: empty “thoughts and prayers” from legislators who had failed to act in 2012 when a man shot and killed twenty children at Sandy Hook Elementary, civic “leaders” who otherwise promote homophobia, transphobia and racism against people including those killed in Orlando. Enough is enough!
July 10th: “Roots and Wings”
“Roots hold me close, wings set me free,” we sing in “Spirit of Life”. These refer to the two dimensions of spirituality that every religious community should strive to nurture: the intimacy of relationships in the context of deep tradition, and the ultimacy of seeking meaning and significance that keeps tradition alive. As we launch the “Spirit in Practice” workshop series this year, let’s talk about developing a rich and meaningful Unitarian Universalist spirituality.
We’ll welcome Walter Clark as our new student minister.
July 17th: “Sacred Space, Safe Space”
We describe our Sanctuary, the place where we gather on Sunday mornings, as “sacred space”. What do we mean by that, though? And is it as simple as “saying it makes it so”? After all, writer Annie Dillard describes church-goers as akin to Arctic explorers, going so far as to declare that “Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews.” So what are the risks of sacred space? And how does that relate to safe space?
July 24th: “All Are Welcome”
In a climate where random acts of violence enter our schools, our businesses and even our churches, how can we continue to believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person and keep ourselves safe from harm? Are we prepared to address emergencies here at the Fellowship? Joanne will share the backstory that has led to the Policy Board’s on-going work on a congregational safety plan.
Joanne Dingus is the Director of Religious Education at the UUFP. She recently worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Youth Sponsor/Advisor Coordinator with the Youth Caucus. She is Youth Director for the Southeast UU Summer Institute. She is presently enjoying having both of her children home from school for the Summer.
July 31st: “The Four “B”s”
An individual’s participation in congregational life is often described in terms of three “B”s, namely belief, behavior and belonging. Different religions understand these in different ways: Does someone need to believe certain things? Do they need to behave in certain ways? Does belonging only come last, or can it come first? That’s fine when it comes to understanding our identity, but for our purpose we must look beyond the congregation’s own walls.
We’ll thank out-going Board members and covenant with the new Policy Board for the year ahead.