Services for August 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Circle of Kinship
Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
August 7th: “Kinship with the Earth”
Jeannine Christensen and co-conspirators from EarthRising, Goddess Circle and Women’s Drumming explore the topic of Kinship with the Earth. In a time of climate and social change, what does it mean for Unitarian Universalists to express Kinship with the Earth? And how can we do it? What ways are available to us at the UUFP to express our Kinship with the Earth?
Jeannine is active in Fellowship Circles, Hospitality Teams, EarthRising, Women’s Drumming and Goddess Circle, and serves on the RE Committee and the Committee on Ministry. She is also one of the people planning our Fall Retreat. Her family participates in social justice activities like PORT and the Soup Kitchen at St Paul’s, as well as various marches and vigils. Jeannine is probably best known this Summer for teaching light saber training in our Star Wars themed RE classes. (Five weeks with light sabers and no injuries!)
August 14th: “The Self-Fulfilling Prophecies of Scarcity and Abundance” — Listen to it here.
When it comes to money and other limited resources, it’s natural to act out of a sense of scarcity, whereas it takes intention and effort to adopt an attitude of abundance. Such behaviors, however, are not so much reflective of the availability of resources as they are predictive of them. So when it comes to funding our Unitarian Universalist mission and ministry, to live the promise of our liberal religion, how do we move from scarcity to abundance?
August 21st: “Widening the Circle”
The immediate line after “circle of kinship” in the hymn “Here We Have Gathered” is “come and step inside!” As we welcome our newest members in this service, we take the time to reflect on what it means to invite others to step inside our circles — and to be brave enough to step outside our own circles of comfort.
Rev. Andrew will join student minister Walter Clark in the pulpit.
August 28th: “What does “faith” mean to our community?” — Listen to it here.
Whenever faith is discussed, it seems to be considered an important virtue and a universal good. But is faith really a good thing? It often seems to be used to divide and separate people, not bring different groups together. Also, how does faith mesh with reason, scientific evidence and logic? And yet at the UUFP we say “We are a people of faith.” So what does faith mean here?
The choice of topic for this service was won in last year’s Auction by Randy van Valkenburg.