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September & October Sunday Service Topics

September 2:  Endings and Beginnings. A UU exploration of the spiritual aspects of endings and beginnings that shape our lives.

An intergenerational service for everyone school-age and older. The nursery will be staffed for younger children.

Followed by our annual end-of-the-summer potluck picnic.

 

September 9:  Rev. Kenton Stone. Losing Our Sense of Humor. Sometimes my love of  standup comedy and my job teaching college death and dying courses intersect, as they did with the tragic death of comedian Robin Williams. There are things in life we can’t laugh away, so in this sermon I reflect on Williams and others who face challenges in life for which we need the support.

 

September 16:  JD Stillwater. Complementarity: Coming of Age at 54. JD discovers a scientific approach towards a New Agnosticism, one that fully embraces the mysteries and ambiguities inherent in natural reality. Along the way we meet a cryptic cat, a famous psychic, a woman with a question, and a religious organization for atheists. The exclamation “Poppycock!” also makes a brief appearance.

Offering in Action for the HARC Learning Parties.  Potluck Lunch & UUCH Book Table after the service.

 

September 23:  Rev. Dr. Judith McLean.  Oral Tradition: Fact or Fiction and How It Impacts Our Belief Systems.  Oral tales were used before written records and also in modern times to illustrate teachings and morality points as well as a tribe’s or a family’s lineage. These traditions can be taken literally or metaphorically.  However, oral traditions taken as factual can create belief systems that are possibly fiction.  As a part of learning critical thinking, we must sort out the source, purpose, and correctness of oral traditions before we embrace them as our own literal truth.

 

September 30:  Rev. Dr. Paul Britner.  Awe.  It’s easy for a faith rooted in reason to lose its sense of reverence. Yet, as Rev. Paul suggests in this message, faith begins with a sense of both wonder and dread—or to use one word, awe.

 

October 7: Rev. Ron Crawford. Thank you, Mary Magdalene. Delving into his “archives”, Ron has rediscovered a story that continues to have relevance in today’s world.

A Family Service where the children join the adults in the sanctuary for the first part of the service.

 

October 14:  Dance Alchemy. The Eagle and the Condor.  The legend of the eagle and the condor, told by indigenous peoples from Alaska to South America, speaks of the spiritual reunification of North and South American wisdom. Dance Alchemy’s movements and music illustrate this new era of reunification and healing.

 

October 21:  Rev. Dr. Paul Britner.  Love Does Not Insist.  After writing that love is patient and kind, the Apostle Paul wrote that “love does not insist on its own way.”  Yet, healthy relationships have healthy boundaries, which seems at odds with the apostle’s description. Offering in Action for the HARC Learning Parties.  Potluck Lunch & UUCH Book Table after the service.

 

October 28:  Rev. Kenton Stone.  Remember Me.  The Oscar-winning movie Coco matches the theme of the death and dying courses I teach at Allegany College. Going against the grain of US culture which divorces the dead from the living, Mexico’s Coco builds a bridge between the living and the dead.  Remembrance, it shows us, is true immortality.  Heaven is counting on us.

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