Upcoming Services

November 15 – “Practicing Patience”

By , November 12, 2015
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Wouldn’t you suddenly want to become a more patient person? What a great gift you could give yourself. Yes, that’s right “Give yourself the gift of patience.” Today’s sermon will look at patience not as something that you have or don’t have but as something you do and something you can develop more of with practice.

November 8 – “Income Inequality: Everyone Can Make a Difference”

By , November 2, 2015
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Next week is “Peace and Justice Sunday” with guest speaker Marlene Pollock. In the spirit of social justice fostered by former UUSF Minister Ann Fox, Peace and Justice Sunday will recognize Marlene Pollock and the Coalition for Social Justice for the important work they do. The theme for the service is Escalating Inequality, chosen by the June 2014 UUA General Assembly as a Congregational Study and Action Issue. Please plan to attend, and please invite others to do so as well.

 

October 25 – Living Our Way Beyond

By , October 22, 2015
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This service will offer an opportunity to consider how we, as Unitarian Universalists, embody our principles during times of transition and how we let go of barriers in opening our doors to the world.   Our lives are full of stories and these stories are the foundations of our beliefs about ourselves and others. Charles Curran calls these the “normative perspectives from which all others are seen.” How do you want to be seen and how do you want to see?

 

October 25 – Living Our Way Beyond

This service will offer an opportunity to consider how we, as Unitarian Universalists, embody our principles during times of transition and how we let go of barriers in opening our doors to the world.   Our lives are full of stories and these stories are the foundations of our beliefs about ourselves and others. Charles Curran calls these the “normative perspectives from which all others are seen.” How do you want to be seen and how do you want to see? 

 

October 11th – “Wrestling with God”

By , October 6, 2015
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Sunday, October 11th, we welcome Sam Teitel, a Unitarian Universalist poet, educator, and punk rocker. He is currently studying at Andover Newton Theological School with a focus on interfaith leadership. After his projected graduation from Andover Newton Theological School in May of 2016 he plans to pursue ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister. He is currently serving as the ministerial intern at First Church in Boston. He believes in creating a worship environment that is lively, joyful, and thought-provoking.

His sermon is based on a famous story in the book of Genesis about Jacob having a literal wrestling match with God. As Unitarian Universalists it can seem like we as a spiritual community are wrestling with the idea of God all the time, or else wrestling with each other over the idea of God. In this service we will be exploring what it means to wrestle God, both on a physical an on a spiritual level.

 

October 4th – “The Free Church”

By , September 28, 2015
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Today’s sermon will look at what we Unitarian Universalists have in common. As members of a free liberal religious tradition each of us carry the burden of this freedom. I will attempt to answer the questions: To what and to whom are we responsible? This would be a good sermon to bring a friend!          

“Houston…we have lift-off”

By , September 10, 2015
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Sunday, September 20th – Guest Speaker, Laura Graham, one of the Ministerial Settlement Representatives for the New England Region of our UUA. She is a Family Mediator and a member of the First Parish in Concord. As a Ministerial Settlement Representative, Laura acts as a consultant to our Region’s congregations and their search committees to help them implement the recommended process for choosing their next settled minister. Laura’s after-service informational session is for all who are interested in better understanding how the search year unfolds, what to expect from the governing board, what to expect from the search committee, and what to expect from the congregation. Everyone has a part to play in moving UUSF into its next chapter. Becoming better informed about the process and your role in it will go a long way toward supporting the good people who have volunteered to serve on your search committee and ensuring a successful search experience for all. Laura will present a short overview of the year ahead; then take questions from the floor.

 

Sunday, September 13th – “A Place of One’s Own”

By , September 8, 2015
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Welcome back! This Sunday is our Intergenerational Ingathering. You are invited to bring any object of personal or spiritual significance from your home or your travels to place upon our altar. Perhaps you have collected sea glass or shells or read an inspiring book or took a photograph of a place or person you visited. You may of course bring a small amount of water to place in our communal bowl. Today’s message will examine the sacred in the ordinary and ask the question from where do you receive fragments of holiness, glimpses of eternity, brief moments of insight and connection?

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