Pulpit Preview (all services start at 10:30am unless otherwise noted)
September 3 ~ “Something to Believe In” by Rev. Cathy Harrington
Embarking on the spiritual journey is like getting into a very small boat and setting out on the ocean to search for unknown lands. – Pema Chodron For my first sermon to you, I will begin at the beginning to help you know me and understand how my “small boat” led me to become a Unitarian Universalist minister. Following the service, you are invited to remain in the sanctuary to learn more about the interim process and about your important roles in the interim work as we embark on this new journey together.
September 10 ~ Ingathering Water Ceremony
A Unitarian Universalist tradition that began in Lansing Michigan in 1980 that marks the beginning of our new church year and is a celebration of reconnection. We bring water from the places of our lives, and the combined water is symbolic of our shared faith and diversity. Bring a small vial of water from a place (real or symbolic) that holds meaning to you so that we might mingle the waters of memories and hope in a communion ritual of solidarity and peace.
September 17 ~ “Walking Together” by Rev. Cathy Harrington
Walking Together is the title of a historical book on Unitarian polity written by Conrad Wright in which he poses the question from the Book of Amos: “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” Unitarian Universalists congregations do not cite a doctrine or a creed; what binds us together is our Covenant. Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith, and yes indeed, we can walk together in peace and love even when we don’t agree. Covenant is Latin for “come together” and it means promise or agreement. Covenant are used to set guidelines for creating a beloved community that is safe, caring, hopeful, loving and respectful of differing views. This sermon will introduce a process for creating a covenant together that will be more meaningful because of your participation.
September 24 ~ “Holy Heresy” by Rev. Cathy Harrington
We UU’s are proud of our heretical faith. Ours is a heretical faith, it is a free faith, and the ground on which we stand was made holy by our forbearers. This sermon explores our rich and inspiring heritage with humor, gratitude, and deep reverence. UU minister, Richard Gilbert, author The Prophetic Imperative asks the question, “Do we merit the wind we inherit?” For decades we have been defined by what we don’t believe in. Now more than ever is the time to find ways to spread the good news our life-giving, life-saving faith.