Services for November 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Days of Our Lifetime
Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
November 6th: “For Everything There Is a Season”
In the book “Ecclesiastes” of the Hebrew Bible, the author (perhaps Solomon) famously wrote that there is a time for every matter under heaven. Nothing lasts forever, and certainly many of us will be glad when this turbulent election season is over! But as we finish deciding who will be our nation’s public servants for the next few years, let’s consider what this same wisdom offers the hard-working volunteers who make our Fellowship what it is.
November 13th: “Welcome Home”
What would it look like to live our Unitarian Universalist values by finding opportunities to welcoming military members back into our society? Much more than offering the national paeanistic ritual expression of “thank you for your service”, we should welcome home combat veterans and encourage them to tell their stories. Given the impact of our less-communally focused society on the young men and women returning from combat, this could become a greater part of our individual Veterans Day activity.
Steve Wasilausky has been married to Megan R. Zunk-Wasilausky for the past seventeen years and is the proud father of Sophia and Caroline. In December, Steve retired from twenty-two years in the U. S. Army, having spent a significant amount of time in Korea, Germany and Canada, as well as deployments to Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan. Steve is a two-year member of the UUFP and currently serves as Buildings Committee Chair.
Special music will be provided by the UUFP’s fabulous ChorUUs!
November 20th: “Neither Greek nor Jew”
Transgender issues have come to the front of public consciousness since Caitlyn Jenner made the cover of Vanity Fair. However, issues of gender and identity have been with us since the beginning of time. How can the lessons of the past help inform us going forward as we struggle to understand gender identity?
Walter Clark, the UUFP’s student minister, 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 brewing, drinking or dreaming of coffee.
4:30pm on November 20th for Transgender Day of Remembrance
This early evening service marks the eighteenth annual, internationally observed witness of and resistance to violence based on bias against transgender people. We’ll begin in the Sanctuary for some music, a brief reflection and the reading of names before lighting candles at sunset and processing outside for a time of silent vigil.
Warning: The reading of names includes brief but explicit descriptions of how transgender people were killed during the last year.
Advent Sunday marks the beginning of a season of spiritual preparation for Christmas. As such, we light the first candle on the Advent wreath, the Candle of Hope. Given the individual aspiration to grow for oneself a life of meaning, the congregational vision of a beloved community for all who seek it, and the global dream of our world that both celebrates our common humanity and embraces our human difference, for what do we hope as 2016 begins to draw to a close?