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• Times: Current Summer Single Service 10:15 a.m. (After Labor Day: Two Services 9:15 & 11:15 a.m.)
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Sunday, July 6, 10:15 a.m. “Your Gifts: Mind, Hands and Heart” - With Rev. Rebekah Montgomery. We will reflect on recognizing and harnessing our spiritual and relational gifts. This is a constantly unfolding process where a holy curiosity yields surprises as our passions match more of how we live out our lives and spend our days.
Sunday, July 13, 10:15 a.m. "Peace Runs Deep" - With Rev. Linda Olson Peebles. Finding peace in the midst of a rough journey of life is a core mission of religious community. Peace in the heart and in the community as we struggle with conflict, with injustice, and with the struggle to stay alive and then to die gracefully.
Sunday, July 20, 10:15 a.m. “The Embrace of Kindness in a Broken World” - With Rev. Rebekah Montgomery. The radical persistence of kindness and generosity in the face of violence and brokenness is a long standing tradition in many social justice movements, to include many of our own peace demonstrations, as seen in the soul work of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign. This sermon will explore themes of large and small scale pacifism as a tool for social justice witness and a part of our daily faith walk.
Sunday, July 27, 10:15 a.m. “A Holy Disturbance: A Benevolent Rage and a Revolutionary Love” - With Rev. Rebekah Montgomery. We reflect on how the dual edged sword of rage and love serves as an important part of disturbing the status quo in our communities and within ourselves. As a reflection of the divine, this sacred source of power and connection troubles the water and calls us into a deeper relationship with those people, values and traditions that we hold dear.
Sunday, August 3, 10:15 a.m. "Faith and Struggle: A Black Pioneer in a White Denomination" - With Rev. Rebekah Montgomery. Our UU history sermon will be about the somewhat tragic story of the Rev. E. Ethelred Brown. The Rev. Mark Morrison-Read included Rev. Brown’s story in his book, Black Pioneers in a White Denomination - naming the uncomfortable history of our Black fore bearers who struggled to find their way even in our liberal communities where race played a significant role in perpetuating discrimination and prejudice. When Rev. Brown wrote to the American Unitarian Association in 1895 declaring his interest in the ministry, the response came back that there was no Unitarian Church in America for colored people and that white Unitarians required a white minister and therefore his future in the Unitarian ministry would be doubtful. Despite this discouragement, Rev Brown struck out to become a Unitarian, holding fast to our shared theological beliefs despite the lack of a welcoming response. His story is a fascinating one that sheds light on our past and the uncomfortable tensions that still persist in our tradition.
Sunday, August 10, 10:15 a.m. "Consuming Our Faith" - With Rev. Rebekah Montgomery. Our UU social justice sermon is centered around food and justice. Marrying up our eating practices with our values was brought into sharp focus in 2011 when at GA delegates approved a Statement on Conscience, named Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice. Food as a social justice awareness hits a wide range of issues from the environment, living wages, gender equality, immigration and food deserts or the lack of access to fresh fruit and vegetables, such as found in our own nation’s capital. This sermon will explore this important topic as part of our shared UU tradition.
Sunday, August 17, 10:15 a.m. “New Journeys” - With Rev. Linda Olson Peebles.
Sunday, August 24, 10:15 a.m. “Chose to Bless the World” - With Rev. Rebekah Montgomery. As a charge to begin the year anew and recognizing the commencement of the next chapter for this congregation, this sermon will explore how we can harness our gifts with kindness and a holy disturbance to choose to bless the world.
Sunday, August 31, 10:15 a.m. “To Be of Use” With Rev. Linda Olson Peebles.
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