Memory Lane

“Make the Circle Bigger” written and performed by Taizan Alford
Reflection by David Velguth
Message by Marti Wheeler and Terry Dawson

From the beginning the Fellowship’s mission has included “welcoming.” Over the years we’ve used good process to strive to be welcoming to all who enter our doors. We’ll take a look at our history and how it shapes who we are and informs where we’re going. Marti Wheeler, Terry Dawson, Theresa Hannah and Merry Schoenfeld spent time last winter reviewing and cleaning Fellowship archive records and will share some information about the Fellowship’s history.

Question Box 2018

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Do you have a question for Rev. Christina? Something small, or grand, or in between? Come submit your questions and she will do her best to answer as many as possible this morning, or your question might find its way into a future sermon!

Deep Sustainability: An EcoTheistic View of Big History

by Rev. Michael Dowd

A deep-time big picture is vital for staying sane and sober in confusing and contracting times. Such an evidence-based “sacred realism” can help us accept what is inevitable, avoid what is futile, and be a blessing to friends, family, and neighbors in a difficult and uncertain world. This sermon by renowned eco-theologian and TEDx speaker, Michael Dowd, bridges the gap between head and heart and celebrates the convergence of science, inspiration, and sustainability.

Mind the Gap

by Andy Mast, Fellowship Member

Any visitor to London will instantly recognize this as the safety message regularly heard at tube stops as well as the iconic image that goes along with it. In addition to being valuable safety advice, the phrase also suggests rich meanings about space, time and repose: the gaps in both our internal and external worlds. How do we maintain awareness of, create and manage these spaces in our lives? “Minding the gap” has many rich and varied meanings to examine, and you won’t even need a passport to enjoy this journey!

Finding Common Ground

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Last week we talked about why honoring our differences is such an important part of our faith. But it’s also good to remember how we are the same, and seek to find commonalities even when they might not be obvious.

Melting Pots and Salad Bowls: Celebrating our Differences

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Have you ever wondered where the term “Melting Pot” came from, to describe our society here in the United States? In the spirit of 4th of July, and with all that has been happening with our nation’s immigration policies, come learn why we are in need of a better, more healing metaphor to celebrate our differences.

Exploring Empathy

by Rev. Karon Sandberg

How do we “be” with folks that we love when they are going through difficult times? So often words do not feel like enough. Many of us offer sympathy but have no clue how to offer empathy. Many of us want to fix the unfixable and feel helpless causing us to withdraw from our loved ones during the very time they may need us most. Join us as we explore empathy and its powerful gift of love and grace when offered with a genuine heart.

Leap of Faith

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Rev. Christina will share with us the sermon that she preached when the Ministerial Search Committee first interviewed her over a year ago. Learn how a single flying trapeze class informed her understanding of our Unitarian Universalist faith and ministry.

Broad Arch Above; Our Annual Bridging Service

with Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

Bridging Youth Speakers: Grace Neudek, Katie Dobbs, Mariah Hagen

We will honor the Fellowship’s graduating high school seniors with a bridging ceremony as they move from being part of our children’s and youth community to joining the adult community. We’ll hear from our bridging youth about their plans for the future, as well as where they are in their spiritual journeys. A ceremony of child dedication will welcome and celebrate new life into our midst. Religious education volunteers will be recognized. Be sure to stay after for a reception in honor of our high school graduates!

Flower Communion 2018

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
with Kim Hartman, Director of Religious Education

Bring a flower (or several) to share, as we celebrate our annual Unitarian Universalist tradition of Flower Communion, and learn more about the powerful history of this festival of diversity.