Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
August 6th: “A Thousand Congregations in Search of a Mission”
Having identified the “transcendent” values that define us as a faith community, we are now trying on a new statement of our Fellowship’s mission: grow in wonder; connect in love; engage in service; inspire generosity. But what does it mean to “try on” this mission? And how will it help us articulate a vision that gets us from where we are to where we want to be?
We’ll also recognize our Hospitality Teams that have served on Sunday mornings for the last four years: Web, Bee and Chalice!
August 13th: “Are You Missing a Mission? Some Thoughts on Burning for Causes, Bridging Causeways, and the Causality of Being”
The Seven Principles provide a broad base for a wide diversity of people, but the work of finding meaning and mission is on each individual and congregation. We may acknowledge ourselves as part of the “interdependent web” of life or even Zen-like Oneness, yet how do we locate our immediate mission, especially when that “web” and social circumstances are in constant movement? How do we flow with the flux? What might “Zen activism” look like?
Anthony Fiscella, born and raised in Newport News and also a frequent visitor of the UUFP, currently lives in Sweden and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
August 20th: “Less Ego, More Love”
We’ve long known of IQ, the cognitive intelligence related to verbal and mathematical ability. In recent years, we’ve learned about emotional intelligence or EQ, relating to interpersonal skills. Gaining acceptance now is SQ, or spiritual intelligence, defined as “the ability to behave with wisdom and compassion, while maintaining inner and outer peace, regardless of circumstances.” Given this worthy goal, how do we develop SQ? And how do we measure our progress?
The choice of topic for this service was won in last Fall’s Auction by Alice Smith.
August 27th: “What Will You Do on Your Sabbatical? and Other Questions”
One of our hymns reminds us that even to question is an answer. It’s important to ask good questions, but sometimes it’s nice to have answers, too! So send Rev. Andrew your questions — by e-mail, on Facebook, by telephone, in person, via pony express — and he’ll devote his last sermon before going on sabbatical to offering some answers! (Your mileage may vary.)
We’ll also help our students of all ages prepare for the new school year with a Blessing of the Backpacks!