Services for September 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Find a Kindly Word
Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
September 4th: “By Our Words”
Now that we have instant access to every word that is uttered, tweeted and posted, it can feel like humanity has never been so vulgar, mean and malicious in our speaking. But rotten words have been coming out of our mouths since the beginning of human history. All the while, spiritual teachers have been pointing the way to skillful speech as a path to creating a more just and loving world.
Rev. Jennifer Ryu serves the Unitarian Universalist ministry as a chaplain at Riverside Regional Medical Center and is a community minister affiliated with the UUFP. After graduating from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA, in 2005, Rev. Jennifer was called to our sister congregation in Williamsburg, VA, where she served until 2015.
September 11th: “Fifteen Years Later”
Historians suggest that the events of 1492 ushered in a new age for the world. September 11th 2001 marked a similar watershed in global history, with effects that are still being worked out fifteen years later. How did you experience that day? How have you been affected in the years since? Using “large group ministry” facilitated by Rev. Andrew and student minister Walter, let’s share together what’s in our hearts.
Special music will be provided by the UUFP Winds’ saxophone quartet.
September 18th: “Tame Your Tongue”
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me,” young children sing at one another. And yet, words do have power. Words can be used to lift up, to encourage, to inspire, to bless, to express love, to offer hope, but they can also be used to put down, to discourage, to depress, to curse, to express hatred, to remove hope. Which words will be ignited by our tongues?
Special music will be provided by the UUFP’s fabulous ChorUUs! The first (9:30am) service will follow our traditional format with a sermon; the second (11am) service will feature multigenerational dramas.
September 25th: “Like Rivers to the Sea”
Just as countless drops of water nourish the soil, create rivers, and carry life around the planet, so do we participate in and contribute to the river of life that is our religious community. For when we offer our abilities and our aspirations to the living vessel that is the UUFP, then it is in us and through us that our tradition comes to life, liberating minds and souls from lifeless creeds and moving forward together in the spirit of love that gladdens the hearts of all people.
For the Water Communion, please bring an ounce or two of water from home to the service. IMPORTANT NOTE: Second service will begin at 11:15am. (First service will begin at 9:30am as usual.)
Special music will be provided by the DeMasi Brothers. Twin brothers Joseph and John DeMasi are Unitarian Universalist singer/songwriters currently living in North Dakota. Born in New York, they began their folk music careers in the city’s clubs and coffeehouses. They have worked as music counselors at recreation programs for children and adults with special needs and, touring regularly throughout the country, have appeared on many television and radio shows.