By Sandy Burkes Campbell, UUFP Planning Committee
Save The Date!
Saturday, November, 16th
We have an exciting opportunity to hear from our sister congregations in Williamsburg and Virginia Beach about how they addressed their space needs by either expanding their existing facilities or moving to a larger location.
Members of the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists and the Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists have kindly agreed to tell us about their experiences. On Saturday, November 16, 2019, presentations will begin in the UUFP Sancturary at 10:30 a.m., and the discussion will continue over a light lunch.
Let us know that you plan to attend, as well as letting us know of any dietary preferences or restrictions, by contacting Marcy Stutzman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any member of the Policy Board or the Planning Committee, or click on the following link: Sign up Now.
This year, we are taking our monthly themes from “Soul Matters”, a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same themes for the purpose of sharing worship, music, religious education and small group resources.
Unless otherwise noted, services include sermons preached by the Rev. Andrew Clive Millard and take place at 9:30am and 11:15am on Sundays.
November 3rd: “Beyond the Pond”
Small Fry and the other fish only knew what life was like in their pond, all of them swimming together around and around. Frog would tell her about a whole world beyond the pond, but Small Fry had a hard time believing any of Frog’s stories until the day that Eagle took her to see that world with her own eyes. How would Small Fry explain it to the other fish, though?
November 10th: “Saints by Calling”
Our faith is built on the importance of relationships — with one another, with our world, with the stranger, with ourselves, and with all that we consider holy — and our centuries-old tradition is centered on the relationships both between members and between congregations. What can we learn from our sister congregations in Williamsburg and Virginia Beach as we move forward?
November 17th: “Does the Earth Have a Soul? The Ecological Crisis Is a Spiritual Crisis”
Technology and modern life have interrupted our emotional, spiritual and mythic relationship with Nature. We will explore the damage such a breach has caused to the human soul. I believe we must seek a spiritual response to the ecological crisis if “we are to help bring the world as a living whole back into balance.” (Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth)
Dr. Susan Moseley is contract Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock in White Stone. She received her Doctorate of Educational Ministries from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2012 and her certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Haden Institute in 2017.
With our Share-the-Basket partner Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, we are participating in Climate in the Pulpit 2019.
November 24th: “Joyful Thanksgiving”
Gratitude is good for you! As we look forward to this year’s national holiday of giving thanks, let’s consider how a practice of gratitude can make a difference. For what are you grateful in your own life? What would it mean to give thanks not only for the joys but also for the challenges? How can we embody gratitude, not only individually but also collectively as a congregation?
Special music will be provided by the fabulous ChorUUs!