SUMMER SERVICES 2019

 

July 7, 10:30 am                     Rev. Dawn Sangrey

UU Theology:

What is the Meaning of Death?

 Our 5 Questions UU Theology series wraps up, fittingly, with death. Humans are mortal. Each one of us will die. What happens to us after we die?  What stories have humans told about life after death? In what ways do we live on? Can we envision a world without us in it? What does our mortality mean?         

Coordinator: Rob Young

 

 

July 14, 10:30 am                   Rev. Mark Kiyimba  

Being a UU in Uganda

Rev. Kiyimba founded the only Unitarian Universalist Church in Kampala, Uganda in 2004. His church has 150 members who come faithfully every Sunday. It is the only congregation in Uganda that openly welcomes and is inclusive of LGBT people. The Church sponsors social action missions such as an Orphanage School of 550 children who lost their parents due to HIV/AIDS.  It also sponsors an Orphanage Home for 23 children who are living with HIV/AIDS.                

Coordinator: Des Shaw

 

 

July 21, 10:30 am                   Harry Shair

The Transcendental World of an Atheist

The principles of Unitarian Universalism are drawn from what are called the Six Sources. Given primacy of place is “Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life”. While the experiences of each of us are unique, the similarities and commonalities allow empathy and understanding between people whose belief systems may vary widely. Thus, our spiritual community includes pagans, monotheists, polytheists, deists, atheists, and more. From our different experiences and beliefs, we can support one another to spiritual renewal and openness to life.          

Coordinator: Harry Shair

 

 

July 28, 10:30 am       Rev. Dawn Sangrey

A Farewell

Leaving comes as naturally as breathing. We leave our mother’s body when we are born and just keep moving on. Yet there is sadness in taking leave and opportunity to take stock. This will be Rev. Dawn’s last time in the UUCR pulpit before her retirement at the end of the summer. Please join us for reflections on our time together and a celebratory picnic after the service.

Coordinator: Tricia Larkin

 

August 4, 10:30 am                      Des Shaw

Growing Up Under Socialism

            In Britain in 1945 the socialist Labour Party won a General Election with a decisive mandate to "seize the commanding heights of the economy".  By the time I was born those heights had been well and truly seized: the entire railway system had been nationalized as British Railways, all the coal mines had been brought under a single National Coal Board, and nearly all doctors worked for the National Health Service.  From today's perspective this does not seem to be a big deal, but remember that trains in those days were the way nearly everyone got around, and coal was the major source of power.  Imagine a present-day America where a socialist government owned all the airlines, all the oil companies, and the entire healthcare system. But as I grew up what was expected to be a socialist paradise had failed to meet everyone's expectations, to the point that Margaret Thatcher was elected in 1979 to roll many of the changes back.  Can we learn from what went wrong?              

Coordinator: Jane Cowan

 

August 11, 10:30 am                       Des Shaw

Poetry Slam

Mike Steger established a tradition of dedicating a service to poetry a few years ago, and we're going to revisit that tradition this summer.  Please bring any poem that has meaning for you and read it to us.  We'll even have music.

Coordinator: Leslie d’Oronzio

 

August 18, 10:30 am                    Jane Cowan

Living the Dream

If we are to achieve our dreams how do we live? It may be downright shocking to learn that as UU’s in some ways we are living the dream. For some of us our religion is less a request for faith and more an embodiment of what many people consider impossible. Join us for a discussion of where and how we are successful and how we can expand on that success

Coordinator: Teens

 

August 25, 10:30 am                   Maggie Young

How Our Children Worship

Many of our youth go to youth Conventions (Cons) and enjoy a day or weekend away with their fellow UU friends.  We know that one of the many activities that they participate in is worship.  Join us this Sunday when Maggie Young will lead us in a UU Youth styled service where she will walk us through how our youth worship and share when they are away at Cons              

Coordinator: Rob Young

 

Sept. 1, 2019, 10:30 AM

End-of-Summer Cleanup

This is the point when we hold a brief service then put on our gloves and old clothes and pretty up the buildings and grounds ready for the next Church Year. Please bring your enthusiasm and any garden tools you find useful, and we'll follow up the very successful Spring Clean we held earlier this year.

Coordinator: Ken d’Oronzio