Sermons

A New Ending

May 28, 2017
Terri Burnor
May2017-Embodiment

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?

Join us for worship, led by guest preacher Terri Burnor, at 10 a.m. this Sunday. read more

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Youth Sunday: Indigo – Insist on Peace, Freedom, and Justice for All

May 21, 2017
First Universalist Church Youth
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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.

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Love Is the Thing

May 14, 2017
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
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May2017-Embodiment

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!

Join us for services at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. This is a youth-friendly Sunday – youth in grades 6-12 attend the entire service. read more

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Chichester Psalms: Worship in Music and Message

May 07, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder, Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
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May2017-Embodiment

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.! read more

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Resisting White Supremacy Teach-In

April 30, 2017
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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)

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The White Trash Among Us

April 23, 2017
Rev. Karen Hutt
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This Sunday’s guest preacher, Rev. Karen Hutt, is a CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) educator at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. She has worked as a pediatric chaplain, a trauma chaplain and chaplain educator at hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area. Karen is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is ordained into the Unitarian Universalist Association. She holds a master’s of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School and she did her undergraduate studies at Boston University. Join us for worship this Sunday, April 23, at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. read more

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Resurrection 2.0

April 16, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
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In our culture, “Version 2.0” is often thought of as the better, greater, much improved version. All of the bugs and defects of version 1.0 have been worked out. So what does “Resurrection 2.0” mean, then? Is it an update on “Resurrection 1.0,” with hard facts, scientific data, and historical accuracy? Or does resurrection, no matter the version, point to something timeless, a story and an experience that has to do with suffering, transformation, and possibilities we can scarcely imagine? Join us this Sunday, as we explore the deeper meanings of the Easter season and this timeless story.

Join us for a multigenerational worship service this Sunday, April 16, at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. – ages 4 and up attend the entire service. Optional childcare is available for ages 6 months to 3 years. read more

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The Growing Edge

April 09, 2017
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
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Rev. Howard Thurman writes: “All around us life is dying and life is being born. The fruit ripens on the tree, the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new leaves, fresh blossoms, green fruit. Such is the growing edge!” In this time when so much is transforming in the world around us, what growing edge are we encountering in our own internal landscape? What is it asking us to let go? To embrace? Join us for an inquiry into inner transformation and a (re)discovery of the abundance that surrounds us even in the most barren of times.

Join us for worship this Sunday, April 9, at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. read more

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Seeking Transformation?

April 02, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
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Karen Armstrong writes: “Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. It is a moral aesthetic, an ethical alchemy. If you behave in a certain way, you will be transformed.” When we dare to move beyond the known patterns and perceptions of our lives, letting the alchemy of love, listening and justice do its work, then we will be more than changed. The base metals of our lives will be transformed into something precious and flourishing. This is the purpose of religion, and the meaning of a religious life: to be transformed. Join us this Sunday, as we begin our exploration of “Transformation,” April’s worship theme. Worship services are at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

This Sunday is Sharing Sunday – children 4 years old through 5th grade attend the first part of worship with their families. Childcare will be available for children ages 6 months through 5th grade only. Due to Spring Break, there are no Religious Education classes for children or youth.

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