Our worship theme for the month of October asks what does it mean to be a people of courage? “Courage is not just available to warriors and heroes. Courage has been tucked into every one of us, if we but learn to tap it. Can we take down our defenses and walk out into the world with only a hat to cover our hearts? Vulnerable and exposed, we are invited to step over the lines of fear we have drawn around us, to expand our boundaries ever outward to that place where we might truly and tenderly meet one another.” ~ Karen Hering, Consulting Literary Minister for Unity Church-Unitarian, St. Paul, Minnesota. Read more about our October theme here.
Our worship theme for the month of September examines the question: What does it mean to be a people of welcome? Our closing installment of this thematic focus this coming Sunday, September 24, will feature a message titled “Learning to Welcome Conversations about Race” - yes, my beloveds – we are going there again. There’s a banner hanging over our front door that invites others into conversation here…and I ask you - where is our conversation now? What have we learned and what are we doing? Where are we stuck? I encourage you to join us for worship this Sunday as we close our exploration of being a people of welcome and lean into what it means to be a people of courage. ~ DD
“I wonder if, in our efforts to “be the change we wish to see in the world,” we stop short at our ideal selves: the idea of ourselves we are most comfortable with. I wonder how often I think I’ve already been the change — and I’m waiting idly for the tendencies of the world to catch up…“Change” is a word on wheels. It’s not a destination, but a journey. If I am to “be change,” I must commit to humility and refuse to settle for my own comforting achievements.” ~ DeReau K. Farrar
Our worship theme for the month of September examines the question: What does it mean to be a people of welcome? This Sunday, September 17, our minister will share a message titled “On Being a Guest House,” a reflection on the particular and challenging invitation to be welcoming in Rumi’s poem “The Guest House.”
We hope you will join us!
Our worship theme for the month of September examines the question: What does it mean to be a people of welcome? In worship this coming Sunday, we will “welcome each other home” as we mark the beginning of the new church year with our annual multigenerational Water Service. This service will also feature the “ceremony of commission” for our 2017-18 UUFCM Board of Trustees.
We invite you to bring a small container of water collected from a special place you may have visited during summer travels or perhaps from closer to home. Pouring it into a common vessel, we symbolically share our inner and outer journeys. We hope you will attend this very special service. And don’t worry if you can’t or forget to bring your own bit of water to share – we will have a communal pitcher you can pour from – all can take part. Please join us!
Join us for worship and fellowship this coming Sunday, as we begin exploring the question of what it means to be a people of welcome with a message titled “The Welcome Table: On Creating Brave Space.”
“My question for us is this: what does it mean to be a people of the welcome table in an age of the wall? This is the question we will all face again and again in the years to come… In our resistance, we must not succumb to the temptations of self-righteousness. We must not succumb to the false belief that threats to the welcome table are solely external to us. Let us once and for all confess that the cultures of racism, patriarchy, xenophobia, and transphobia shape our souls too, even as we seek to resist them… The welcome table calls us now not only to ministries of resistance but also ministries of reconciliation...beginning with the people that are closest to us…and begin the conversation with your story…and invite their story with openness…”
~ Rob Hardies
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