Services for October 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Called to Celebrate
In preparation for Rev. Andrew’s sabbatical in the Fall of 2017, the Sunday Services Committee is overseeing all of the Sunday morning services this month. Many thanks to those UUFP members who are stepping up to the pulpit!
Rosh Hashanah is the start of the Jewish new year, a time for optimism in hopes that the year ahead will be good and sweet. It is also a time for followers of the Jewish faith to renew their covenant with G-d. What lessons can we take from this faith tradition to bring both optimism and commitment to our faith?
Walter Clark received his Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in the Spring of 2016. He lives in Richmond, where he spent two years as an intern at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond. When not spending time with his wife and two children, Walter is often driving between Richmond and Newport News.
October 9th: “Autumn’s Glory”
Autumn is a paradoxical season. It is full of color and beauty and its cooler temperatures come as a welcome relief after the Summer’s heat. Yet its days are shorter, marching toward the Winter Solstice, and much of its beauty comes from things that will soon die. It is alpha and omega, death and promise of new birth to come. Autumn calls up the wonder of Nature and the impermanence of all things. It is a time of the spirit. Celebrate Autumn’s uniqueness as Jim Sanderson shares some thoughts on the season.
Jim Sanderson is an active member of the congregation, currently serving as Chair of the Sunday Services Committee among other responsibilities. He was a librarian for forty years in various positions and is currently enjoying retirement. Previously Jim was a member of First UU Richmond and the Jenkins Memorial UU Fellowship in Petersburg, which was the first UU congregation named for an African American. Riley the dog recently joined Jim’s household and claims much of his attention.
October 16th: “Celebrate the Journey”
How amazing it is that our different, disparate spiritual and life journeys have brought us to this time and place where together we create a loving, caring, supportive Community! Octogenarian Alice Smith shares a piece of her journey, encourages us to continue striving toward Wholeness and to Celebrate our accomplishments.
Alice Smith has been wife to Bob Smith for fifty-seven years! Prior to retiring in Newport News, she and Bob traveled as he worked temporary jobs. During that time they visited eleven UU churches in Maine, Indiana, Texas, Maryland and Pennsylvania. At the UUFP, Alice is a Fellowship Circle facilitator and a member of the Sunday Services Committee. She is a lifelong learner and articulates her “Big Question” as Why do we do what we do?
Special music will be provided by the UUFP’s fabulous ChorUUs!
October 23rd: “Enter the Circle”
Fellowship Circles serve an important role in our Fellowship. As we grow as a congregation, they provide a chance for intimate sharing with a small group of folks. Fellowship Circles form part of UUFP’s lay ministry. Gayle Phillips and Jim Sanderson, both experienced circle facilitators, will provide an introduction to Fellowship Circles and what they can mean to participants.
Gayle Phillips currently serves on the Policy Board as Secretary. She also co- facilitates two of our Fellowship Circles. Gayle is a native of Newport News who graduated from the College of William and Mary and worked in the public school system for forty-three years.
October 30th: “Something about Samhain”
As one of the seasonal festivals of the pagan calendar, Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the Winter. Livestock are gathered in from pasture and special bonfires are lit for protection and purification. The boundaries between the worlds become thin, and offerings of food and drink are made to the spirits of good fortune. Often there will be a special meal, and a place of honor for the ancestors is set at the table.
EarthRising, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula’s pagan group, was formed in 1988, making it the oldest such group in Virginia. EarthRising offers seasonal Earth-centered celebrations — at the solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarter days — in support of a modern, Nature spirituality.