Real change rarely happens at the touch of a button. Improving anything – our country, our communities, ourselves – takes work. How do we decide what kind of change to focus on in this moment, and how do we stick with it for the long haul?
Cornel West reminds us to “[n]ever forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” Rowan Williams writes, “Truth makes love possible.” On this LGBTQ Pride Sunday, we consider the complicated and necessary connection between truth and justice for LGBTQ people, and for all who long for liberation. How can we cultivate the courage required to speak – and hear – truth?
Please join us for worship at 10 a.m. this Sunday, June 25th!
This Sunday’s guest speaker is Lauren Wyeth, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries at First Universalist Church.
Order of Service: June 25 Order of Service
Listen to the Call to Worship and Sermon:
Summer Worship Theme: Meeting the Moment
Sometimes it happens in a small room, when your mind quiets, and the rhythm of your breath begins to lead. Sometimes it happens in a conversation, when you take a leap of faith and step into a hard conversation. Sometimes it is that crazy notion that will not be pushed aside, and you make an about turn that leads into an unimaginable freshness of life and purpose. Sometimes it’s showing up in the streets, in a rotunda, in a meeting, in covenantal community. Sometimes it’s showing up for yourself. The religious life is meeting the moment over and over again. Join us this summer as ministers and speakers from all different walks of life, and contexts tell of their spiritual grounding, and stories of meeting the moment.
With the unfolding conversations and awareness around gender identity and diversity, how do we understand what it means to be “us” in ways that welcome and open the fullness of all our gender identities and possibilities?
Sometimes, the challenges we face can feel enormous and impossible to overcome. We feel small, helpless, and hopeless, but nonetheless, drawing on faith, we meet the moment with movement, action, and determination.
The textures of life and death are created by the stories shared and the ones that remain hidden. We feel our memories physically and work their well-worn tracks in the actions we repeat. What if we change the storylines to a new way of being that leads us from the known to the unknown?
Youth Sunday: Indigo – Insist on peace, freedom and justice for all.
In our religious education classes, children are taught the seven Unitarian Universalist principles by associating each principle with a color from the rainbow. We call it the Rainbow Path.
Red: Respect all beings
Orange: Offer fair and kind treatment to all
Yellow: Yearn to learn
Green: Grow in spirit and mind
Blue: Believe in my ideas and act on them
Indigo: Insist on peace, freedom and justice
Violet: Value the connections in creation
This Sunday, our high school youth engage the theme of transformation using the color Indigo. Join us for a powerful Sunday of music, and message, all presented by our wonderful youth.
This is a Youth-Friendly Worship Service. 6th-9th grade youth attend the entire service, which is presented by our 10th-12th grade Senior High Youth Group.
Love is something we all hope to experience, something we hope we fall into someday. So what if love is more than a feeling? What if love is more than a nice word we say a lot on Sunday? What if love is a commitment? Join us this Sunday to dig into the commitment of love and honor with our Coming of Age youth, who will be presenting excerpts of their credos (Statements of Faith). This is a Sunday not to be missed!
This Sunday, May 7, the First Universalist Choir will lead worship, performing “Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein. Please join us for this special, music-filled worship service at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.!
On Sunday, April 30, First Universalist is joining more than 600 Unitarian Universalist congregations/communities in shifting our regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy, known as #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn. This call to action comes from a growing network led by UUs of color and white UUs working together.
Our service will feature an excerpt from the powerful work Citizen: An American Lyric written by author Claudia Rankine and presented by actors of Frank Theater, as well as music by the a cappella improv ensemble Give Get Sistet. We will sing together, learn together, question together, and lean in…together.
You won’t want to miss participating with thousands of UUs around the country in this large-scale historic action.
This is a youth-friendly worship service and all are welcome on Sunday, April 30 at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. Read more about the national movement here.
Listen to the podcast:
Order of Service: April 30 Order of Service
Offering Recipient: Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (give here)