Current Month Service Information
May Theme: The Transcendentalists
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
- Henry David Thoreau
During the month of May, our Sunday Services will offer an in-depth look at the transcendentalist movement of the 18th and early 19th century.
Who were they?
What were they trying to transcend?
There is a great deal of overlap between the Unitarians and the Transcendentalists.
Come and see!
Sunday, May 6 - Sarah Montgomery-Richards, MA, DLE, Andi Kramer
No 9:00 AM Discussion this week
10:30 AM Service: “The Interconnected Web” - All Congregation Service
Join Director of Lifespan Experience, Sarah Montgomery-Richards for a rich and wonderful introduction to a central tenet of the Transcendentalist Movement: our Seventh Principal in Unitarian Universalism. Celebrating the interconnected web of life, the Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS) invites us to join in decorating the Maypole following the service.
This promises to be a rich and enjoyable morning. Please join us.
Sunday, May 13 - Rabbi Chava Bahle, Margaret Wozniak
9:00 AM: Program Council
10:30 AM Service: “Women Transcendentalists and Celebrating Mother's Day”
Our discussion of the Transcendentalists would not be complete without the voices of the amazing and brave women who were welcomed as part of this movement. Some of their names are known to us, some lesser-known, but there are powerful lessons to be drawn from the teachings of these women. Rabbi Chava will explore "From Suffrage to #MeToo" to look at the trajectory from the 19th century until today.
We will also be blessed with beautiful music for this Mother's Day service.
Sunday, May 20 - Rabbi Chava, Andi Kramer
9:00 AM: Congregational Budget Review & Introduction to the Candidates
A review of the 2018-19 Budget and introduction of Candidates for the 2018 Board and Leadership Development Committee. This is an important opportunity to meet those who will be shaping the governance of our Congregation in the coming fiscal year.
10:30 AM Service: “Emerson, Thoreau and the Heart of Transcendentalism”
The two best known of the Transcendentalists, Emerson and Thoreau, shaped much of what we know of both their Transcendentalists Circle and some of the early writings of American Unitarianism. Come and meet them on their own terms. It is possible that Emerson himself might make an appearance on this day. Come, take a walk with us around Walden Pond and step into the world of Emerson and Thoreau.
Sunday, May 27 - Rabbi Chava Bahle (Memorial Weekend)
No 9:00 AM Discussion this week
10:30 AM Service: “The Poets“
In addition to the richness of the intellect, the beauty of nature and the passion for social justice, the Transcendentalist Movement was also celebrated in the poetry of Goethe, Coleridge, Whitman and Wordsworth.
On this Memorial Day weekend we will go deep into the rich imagery of these poets who captured the heart of the Transcendentalist stance. We are delighted to welcome Max Old-Bear to share a selection from Walt Whitman.
Sunday, June 3 - Rabbi Chava Bahle & Friends
10:30 AM Service: “A Transcendentalist Roundtable”
UUCGT Annual Meeting following the Service
Prior to our Annual Meeting, we invite you to step into Emerson’s study with the full cast of characters from the Transcendentalist Movement as they enter into spirited conversation about the issues of their day and ours. The setting will be a beautiful replica of Emerson's study and the Transcendentalists will be with us in their full splendor! This brief service will enable us to put the finishing touches on this month-long study of the deep and rich intellectual tradition woven into the life of Unitarian Universalism.
Sunday, June 10 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: TBA
Sunday, June 17 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “Father's Day and Flower Communion” - All Congregation Service
Join us on Father's Day for a beloved UU tradition of the Flower Communion. Bring a flower to share and then during the service we will choose one to take home. The Flower Communion was originally created in 1923 in the Czechoslovakian Unitarian Church and brought to the United States in the 1940s. People were asked to bring a flower to share, the vases represent the United Fellowship of the congregation, and the receiving of a flower represents all of the gifts we receive from being with one another. What a wonderful day to celebrate Father's Day!
Sunday, June 24 - Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:00 AM (this week only) Service: “Celebrate with UUA General Assembly”
Friends, with great thanks to our Facilities Team, we have the opportunity to use our fabulous new big screen TV to join in the worship of the closing day of the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. The service from Kansas City will be live-streamed and we will participate along with thousands of Unitarian Universalists the world over.
What an adventure this will be! Watch for more details.