Services for April 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Kindness Can Heal Us
Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
April 2nd: “For We Were Strangers Once”
Spring is here, and in Jewish traditions that means it’s time to celebrate Passover! Centered on the Biblical story of the liberation of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, the Passover seder features a variety of special and everyday foods, songs in both English and Hebrew, and lessons for all ages about the community, gratitude, freedom and hospitality.
Music will be provided by the UUFP Winds!
April 9th: “A Joyful Heart is Good Medicine”
The UUFP’s Community Minister, Rev. Jennifer Ryu, shares her reflections on faith and healing from her experiences as a hospital chaplain. She explores the faith practices of Unitarian Universalists in times of illness and injury.
Rev. Jennifer Ryu attended seminary in Berkeley, California at the Starr King School for the Ministry, graduating in 2005. She served as minister to the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists 2006 to 2015. Jennifer is now completing a one-year chaplain residency at a local hospital.
This multi-sensory liturgy dates back thousands of years and is celebrated annually by millions of Jews and people of other faiths. The modern seder allows us to bring its meaning alive in terms of contemporary themes, while continuing to revisit the ancient story of liberation and hope.
Since the seder combines worship with a potluck meal, please sign up at: http://bit.ly/UUFPS17
April 16th: “Potential Grizzlies”
One of the more common pieces of advice given in the Christian gospel is “Do not be afraid.” Said many times, according to the gospel-writers, by Jesus, it is also spoken as part of both Nativity (Christmas) and Easter stories. In our own time, we have moved on from many ancient fears, but have we simply found new ones to replace them?
April 23rd: “Why Are You Here?”
In his final sermon as the UUFP’s Student Minister, Walter Clark reflects on his experience at the Fellowship and what it means to be a spiritual community. Is a congregation a collection of individuals or is the sum of us greater than our individual parts?
Walter Clark commutes down from Richmond for his internship at least three times a week. He is scheduled to meet with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee in September, and hopes to eventually settle down in the area of northwestern Pennsylvania with his wife, Wendy, and their two children, Willow and William. Walter graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in May 2016 and has preached in Norfolk, Richmond, Glen Allen and Fredericksburg.
Special music will be provided by the Fellowship’s ChorUUs!
April 30th: “Resilience and Resistance”
The word “resistance” has become prominent in our vocabulary in recent months, with calls to resist every effort to dismantle any and all progress on civil rights, gender equality and environmental protection. Given the real risk of “resistance fatigue”, though, it’s even more important now to cultivate resilience in ourselves and one another.