Past Worship Services & Sermons

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Sunday, December 1, 2019: "WE WERE STRANGERS IN THE LAND: The World's Wisdom Traditions on Acceptance & Spiritual Encouragement"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

In our UU tradition and congregation, we are covenanted "to affirm and promote acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth."      What have you learned from the world's wisdom traditions about whether or not to accept other people and/or whether to encourage their spiritual growth?  Are there benefits?  Are there boundaries?

Worship Associate: John Motter


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Sunday, November 24, 2019: "THE FIXINGS OF A COMPLETE THANKSGIVING"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Lia Cannon

Here's a simple koan:  Should you hope for something from Thanksgiving?

What do you think?

 


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Sunday, November 17, 2019: " JUSTICE, EQUITY, COMPASSION: Experiments and Experiences"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

The current covenant statement of our Unitarian Universalist Association holds that we should affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.  Should we?  What's your experience with them?  What have you tried?   How has it worked out?  These are some questions for our lives and times.


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Sunday, November 10, 2019: "IS MAJORITARIANISM OF SERIOUS SPIRITUAL CONCERN? Reflections on the Symposium on Black Lives in Unitarian Universalism"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Guest Speaker: Rebecca Wilson
Worship Associate: Susan Burnore

Can people of color find a spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism?  Is a Black-centered UU theology necessary for that to happen?  Is a Black UU denomination needed?  These  questions were the focus of a symposium held last week in St. Paul, MN, led by the organizing collective called Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU).  BLUU is an independent working group funded in one lump sum of $5.3 million by, but without responsibility to, the Unitarian Universalist Association.. 

The symposium consisted of six sessions of panelists as well as worship and small group meetings over four days.  All panelists were Black and most were UUs, including some ministers.  This was the first BLUU conference in BLUU's four year existence to which White people were invited to attend and listen. 

During this morning's service, UUSP member Rebecca Wilson and UUSP's minister, Jack Donovan, will share their takeaways as White UUs on the messages of the BLUU Symposium.  Patti Hanks, who also attended the symposium, will also help with the service.  You are encouraged to attend this Sunday's service to hear and explore the message of this extraordinary symposium.


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Sunday, November 3, 2019: "A tribute to Veterans - ordinary people living extraordinary lives"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Sabine von Aulock
Worship Associate: Paul Burnore

Reflections from veterans and their family about the drafty, opportunity, patriotism, adventure, brotherhood and compassion.