By Scott Kasmire
Have you ever been disappointed that you missed one of UUFP’s Sunday Services? Or perhaps you attended, but wished the officiant had worded something slightly differently, or that something might have been left out. Or maybe the topic was something so close to your experiences, you felt you needed to spend more time with it in a Unitarian Universalist setting. Or on the other hand, maybe it was so out of the realm of your experience that you wanted more time to explore it. Unitarian Universalist Sunday services often leave people thoughtful, or in the mood for action -- and wanting to talk about them more.
UUFP is offering a follow-up discussion group to meet just these kinds of needs. We’re calling it “Reflect Back,” and it will happen on our Beloved Community Wednesdays at 7:00 PM (just after the community meal that is from 6:30 to 7:00). The inaugural session will be this Wednesday, October 17th, reflecting on the Rev. Andrew Millard’s recent service entitled “Patriotic Correctness.”
Unitarian Universalism has a long tradition of encouraging individuals to rely on their own experience and discernment. In the past, many congregations provided time during the Sunday worship service itself, after a minister's sermon, for members to "talk back" to the pulpit. While the tradition has fallen out of favor in most larger congregations, there remains a strong impulse to apprehend, reflect, criticize, deconstruct, reconstruct, and internalize a message, making it one's own — and strengthening our bonds of fellowship in the process. Our “Reflect Back” program aims to meet those needs.
Join us, then, for reflection! And if you missed the Sunday service, all the more reason to come — it will be a good way to catch up!