Guest Rev. Doug Traversa speaks on “Life is Like a DVD”
Mary Early-Zald, Intern Minister, "Sit-ins to Walk-outs: The Youth are our Now."
Rev. Carmen Emerson - A (short) sermon on what it means to be part of a perfect family.
Rev. Emerson, “Their Bad Advice…” (Mary Oliver's poem, “The Journey”)
Family Service: What does it mean to be a people of Journey? Come prepare to share:
A JOURNEY YOU WANT TO SHARE: A time when you found your way; a time when you helped another find their way...
A QUEST: A time of discovery for you, what did you learn that surprised you? (a new skill, a new idea, a new friend)
A RETURN: What did “coming home” mean to you?
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019: Guest Speaker, Rev. Peter Connolly, "Building Community: Challenges and Rewards" Audio Now Available
The communities we live in and are a part of help shape who we are. What is our role in shaping healthy communities? Audio now available.
The time has come to hear your UU elevator speeches. Last March Rev. Carmen talked with us about our elevator speeches: in the span of an elevator ride, how might we tell another person about Unitarian Universalism -- and more importantly, what it means to be a practicing Unitarian Universalist?
During the Sunday 2/17/19 service about being Unitarian Universalist and crafting our elevator speeches to tell people our loves stories of being part of our UU faith community, we offered these lines for our collective elevator speech (granted, it needs to be a TALL building for this elevator ride). You asked for a copy - here it is - the story of a church that Love builds. -Rev. Carmen Emerson
Sunday, Feb 10, 2019
Rev. Carmen Emerson
“Trusting Each Other: The Practice of Covenant”
Family Service: What does it mean to be a people of Trust? In this service we will explore how we trust each other through the use of Covenants. Board committees, community team leaders, covenant group facilitators, and teachers - bring your group covenants to share during this service. We will be creating Fellowship Hall centerpieces with our words of trust.
Perched on the border between possibility and trust, we explore the lessons from our Unitarian ancestors about responding to fear with love and growth.
Rev. Carmen Emerson reflects on the Congregational Study Action Issue introduced to GNUUC during our January Family Service, "Democracy Uncorrupted."
For those of you who missed Rev. Carmen’s sermon "The Beginning of a Transition," we have recorded it and posted it on the website.
Family Service: What does it mean to be a people of Possibility?
Remembering & Imagining - Rev. Carmen Emerson and Denise Graves remember important people who died in 2018 (from GNUUC and also from the world), and what we might learn from them as we move forward into a new year.
December 2: Family Service: What does it mean to be a people of MYSTERY? This Sunday we explore how to find the mysterious in the ordinary. We’ve all experienced it: the mystery of an ordinary moment that suddenly unfolds and offers deep meaning. The everyday becomes luminous. Think of moments you’ve experienced when life suddenly and mysteriously lit up and reminded you of the marvel and preciousness of being alive. You will have a special opportunity to share your experience during the service.
Bitterness and contempt play a large and growing part in our society’s public dialogue. Mystics, both theistic and non-theistic, tell a different story altogether: one of unity, a connectedness that runs through all beings and all things. What can we learn from these visions of unity?
Rev. Carmen Emerson, Remembering the Good Old Days
November 4: Family Service: What does it mean to be a people of MEMORY?
This Sunday we explore how memory helps us to always remember those who have come before us. We remember loved ones who have passed away, people in history whose lives have influenced us, and special pets who have loved us unconditionally.
Be thinking about a memory of a loved one that has passed away that has taught you a lesson in how to live your life today.
How does that memory give you joy today? How does that memory provide you strength today? How does that memory foster humor in you today? How does does that memory generate love in you today?
Five Wishes, Four Things - Rev. Carmen Emerson & Mary Early-Zald, Intern Minister
Renewing the Welcoming Congregation
September 2, 11 AM. October 7 - Sunday @ 11am - We start the month of October with a Family Worship Service focused on our the October theme, of Sanctuary. How do you find your inner sanctuary? Do you meditate? Commune with nature? Create art? Make music? Read poetry? Listen to music? Do social justice? Volunteer? Sunday we are going to create a mosaic out of fabric that represents our collective inner sanctuary. Please bring a 2 inch x 2 inch piece of fabric that represents your inner sanctuary. We have extra pieces for you to choose from if you forget. Remember, first Sundays lunches are potluck.
GNUUC Ministerial Intern, Mary Early-Zald, Ph.D., MDiv joins us on Sunday, September 30, 2018.
“When we don’t know” - At times, life presents us with questions for which we have no clear answer but choices must be made. How do we move forward with our task of decision making and emerge confident that the answer was our best?
“What Will You Do With Your Gifts?”