Services for June 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: This, Our Hearts’ Own Song
Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
June 4th: “Spiritual Fruits (not Religious Nuts)”
Life is what happens to us while we’re busy making other plans. We face challenges, often small and readily resolved, but sometimes large and much more difficult to overcome. This is a fact of life, and it’s how we respond that makes the difference. Do we let a challenge become a problem that unhappily blocks our way? Or do we see it as an opportunity for growth and betterment?
We’ll also celebrate the Bridging of two of our high school seniors.
June 11th: “The Wholeness of Men”
Our society has become more accepting of same sex marriage, and it is starting to open itself to transgender and gender-fluid people as well. In a time when we press for fair and equal treatment for everyone, does gender matter anymore? Can a little boy simply grow up to be the best human he can be without being concerned about what it means to be a man? Although we have made progress, gender continues to make a difference. Our society still upholds a narrow definition of masculinity that can damage men, women and transgender people. We will reflect on the boys and men in our families and in our communities and how we can help to broaden the image of manhood.
The 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 from 2006 to 2015. Jennifer is now completing a one-year chaplain residency at a local hospital and is affiliated with the UUFP as Community Minister.
We’ll also express our appreciation of our religious educators.
June 18th: “Songs and Stories”
The songs we sing and the stories we tell reflect both who we have been and who we want to be. On our spiritual journey to find truth and meaning, our songs and our stories are like mile markers, telling us not only how far we have to go but also how far we’ve come. They guide us in our search for our better selves and a better world, and they invite the like-hearted to join with us.
We’ll also express our appreciation of our musicians and singers. Special music has been selected and will be provided by the Fellowship’s ChorUUs!
June 25th: “Hand in Hand”
A closing ritual that we have used for some of our UUFP activities is the sung verse “… so that we can do together what we cannot do alone.” Let’s take a look at the many forms of this togetherness and the ways — both big and small — that it changes what we dare to do in our own lives and in the world around us.
Jeffrey Hinkley is a husband, father, scientist, musician, peer counselor and teacher. He has attended UU congregations in Maryland, Williamsburg and Norfolk, and has served the UUFP as Vice-President, committee chair, RE teacher and lay preacher.