Current Month Service Information
January Theme: Intention
“Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.”
― Mary Anne Radmacher
Sunday, January 7 - Rabbi Chava Bahle, Andi Kramer
10:30 AM Service: “Honoring Kwanzaa: 7 Symbolic Principles”
Although Kwanzaa has ended, we have an absolutely marvelous service to kick off the New Year! Join us to learn about the 7 Principles that are celebrated on this joyous holiday. Rabbi Chava's message will explore what it means to be self-determined and to shape culture intentionally.
Sunday, January 14 - Rabbi Chava Bahle, Betsy Emdin
10:30 AM Service: “Torda450: Celebrating Unitarian History and Heritage”
On January 13, 1568, in the city of Torda, a gathering of religious leaders and politicians presided over by Unitarian King John Sigismund proclaimed religious freedom in the Edict of Torda. Through this act, Unitarianism was officially recognized for the first time in the history of the world. It also signals the beginning of the UU legacy to be a spiritual tradition that resists hatred, oppression, and the narrow view that there is only one way to be faithful, to be religious, to be free. We will also honor the writings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on religious resistance to oppression.
Sunday, January 21 - Rev. Karen Welch (formerly Mars)
10:30 AM Service: “The Power of Intention - Part 1”
Sunday, January 28 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “The Power of Intention - Part 2: Opening the Heart”
Continuing the theme of exploring the power of intention, join Rabbi Chava in a meditative service on opening the heart. As author and teacher, Pema Chodron writes, “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
A new member orientation will follow the service at 11:45 AM.
February Theme: Perseverance
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.
In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are,
what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou
Sunday, February 4 - Amanda Mangiardi
10:30 AM Service: TBA
Sunday, February 11 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “Setsubun: Believe that Spring Will Come”
One year ago, we celebrated the Shinto holiday of Setsubun, in which the congregation is blessed by receiving beans that are thrown in blessing. We are still finding joyful remnants of this event in the sanctuary, so let’s do it again!
Setsubun is a joyous celebration of remembering that Spring will come. As we celebrate persistence this month, Setsubun has come again.
Sunday, February 18 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “Persisting Against Injustice: A Blessing for Community Justice Makers”
On this date in 1608, Quakers conducted the first formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pennsylvania. To honor their persistence, we will honor some of the great local leaders in the fight for justice in the current political climate.
Quaker hymns and reflections will grace the service, and we will leave ready to continue the work of repairing the world.
Sunday, February 25 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “The Issues are Momentous”: Sen. Hiram Rhodes Revels’ Birthday
This date is the birthday of Senator (Rev.) Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first African American to be elected to Congress. A powerful speaker because of his preaching background, Sen. Revels, who was born and lived as a free man, is a social and racial justice hero. Come and hear his words, still so relevant today, as we reflect on the state of racial justice in America.
A New Member Welcome will also be included in the service.