Services for January 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: We of All Ages
Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
January 1st: “That Was the Year That Was”
By any measure, 2016 was full of changes and surprises on a global, national, local and even individual scale. Paying homage to the classic BBC TV show “That Was the Week that Was” (aka TW3), we will look back at the events over the last twelve months and take away something that can prepare us for things to come in 2017.
Steve Kadar has been a member of UUFP since 2006, with prior years of membership at First UU in Richmond and as a charter member of the UU Community Church in Glen Allen. Steve is a Planning and Design Specialist in the Facilities Management Department of Dominion Resources in Richmond.
January 8th: “The Criminalization of Dissent”
“There are certain things in our nation and in the world to which I am proud to be maladjusted,” Dr. King declared. The courageous not only express their maladjustment — to such examples cited by Dr. King as discrimination, religious bigotry, “economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few” and “the madness of militarism” — but also resist attempts to prevent them from exercising their right to freedom of expression.
January 15th: “A Whole Lot Going On”
There is a lot of stuff going on in social justice right now, and it’s hard to keep up with it all. As we launch Thirty Days of Love for 2017, each of our UUFP teenagers will take a social justice issue that is most important to them and speak about it: Gender Sexuality Minorities, Economic Inequality, Mental Health and Black Lives Matter.
The UUFP Teen Class of 2016-2017 is a group of elementary and middle school graduates who enjoy memes, the dramatic arts, and making fun of youth advisor Scott Kasmire. They represent a variety of spiritualities and opinions on cats. They enjoy social justice and eating pizza at youth group events.
January 22nd: “A Cradle for Our Dreams”
UU minister Kenneth Patton said that our house of ingathering was a house of friendship, a house of freedom, art and prophecy. He also called it a workshop and “a cradle for our dreams”. What do we dream and how do we build on those dreams? And why is this question in the plural? It all starts with imagination.
Rev. Charlie Dieterich joined the Unitarian Church of Norfolk as Developmental Minister in 2015, having worked with congregations in New Jersey and Louisiana. A former engineer, he received an M.Div. from the Starr King School for the Ministry in 2010 and has a special interest in disability issues and LGBT advocacy. We welcome Rev. Charlie back to the Fellowship in his second pulpit swap with Rev. Andrew!
January 29th: “Love of Money Is the Root of All Evil”
How do you love? Does your love touch you, hold you, fill you, fling you into the world? Whom do you love? Are there relatives and friends, close to you or far away, living or departed, their faces in your heart? What do you love? Does your love reach out, to heal, to soothe, to comfort, to feed the hungry and warm the cold?
Special music will be provided by the Fellowship’s fabulous ChorUUs!