August 4th: "Prison Religion: Holistic Life in an Unequal World"
Through respect for the interdependent web of all existence, we acknowledge connections between all things, including "religion" and "prisons". The rise of "religion" (understood as separate from "politics" or "secular") coincided with the rise of modern prison systems. Whatever we believe about "religion" not only connects to our beliefs about prison but may also imprison us and separate us from holistic life. Together we take gradual steps to unravel the ties that blind us.
Anthony T. Fiscella, currently a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, has worked with social justice issues, underground music and formal research. He now finds himself in the process of transitioning back to Virginia from Sweden and back to activism from academia. This process has begun with the founding of EarthBond U, an organization dedicated to holistic sustainability and grassroots education.
August 11th: "No, You Can't Believe Whatever You Want"
Religion is not merely about belief — it's more about behavior and belonging — but belief matters to the extent that it determines how we behave and to whom we belong, whether we recognize that or not. Unitarian Universalism upholds freedom of belief, not as passive "tolerance" but by actively helping us to understand and express what we already believe.
August 18th: "Life's Too Short to Sing the Melody"
We have a strong musical tradition, and ours is a singing congregation, too! Let’s consider some of the more familiar hymns in our repertoire and learn to sing their harmonies, so that we’ll be able to enrich our time together as a congregation the next time we sing them!
We’ll be accompanied by members of the UUFP Winds!
August 25th: "Erring on the Side of Love"
Nobody’s perfect, and we all make mistakes. Recognizing that, we both accept the imperfections of others by assuming their good intentions and hold ourselves accountable for the outcomes of our own actions. The good news is, we know there will always be room to improve ourselves!