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APRIL
Sunday Services
Renewal and Resurrection

Sunday, April 2 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service:  “Building Us Up”
“Since ancient times, shamans, priests, and elders blessed sacred spaces as well as the communities that gathered in them. And so we, too, gather to bless this space and to bless those who will use it now and in the years to come.” – Sandra Fees. Join us for the rededication of our space as a place of renewal and rebirth.

Sunday, April 9 – Rabbi Chava Bahle and Sarah Montgomery-Richards, Director of Lifespan Experience
10:30 AM Service:  “Passover: Passing from One Place to Another”
“For holy days on which we recall the old stories, we light the flame.  For Passover which reminds us of the courage and strength of those seeking freedom in the past, we light the flame. For gathering today in this sacred space, we light the flame. For the opportunity to be together as a community, to remember the past, to plan for our future, to be alive in our present.” – Dillan Sorrells.
Join us as we light the flame of Passover! On this day we will also honor Sarah Montgomery-Richards’ graduation from Clarmont Lincoln University with her Master of Arts degree. Sarah will give our teaching, Rabbi Chava will offer a reflection.

Sunday, April 16 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service:  “Easter Morning – All Congregation Service”
“Dear God:  Good Friday is gone – a dark day on the calendar, a time of suffering – with more losses than gains, and more pain than we thought we could bear.  We are tired of crying, we are tired of burying, we are tired of mourning.  But Easter is here – and we who survived are prepared for the turning of the year – not to escape the past, but to provide a witness for a brighter future.  We are ready for joy, we are ready for love, we are ready for new beginnings.  Amen!” – Rev. David O.
Rankin

Sunday, April 23 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service:  “Lilat ahl-Miraj / The Night Journey”
Join us for a special journey of personal stories honoring the anniversary of a sacred night in Islam: The Night Journey.  The Qur’an says:
In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful. Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust in God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things. And the servants of God, Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility, and when we address them, we say “PEACE.” –  Based on the Koran, 49:13, 8:61

Sunday, April 30 – Sarah Montgomery-Richards, Director of Lifespan Experience
10:30 AM Service:  “Seasons of Love” 

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles
In laughter, in strife

In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure a year in the life?  –  “Seasons of Love” from the musical RENT

Join us as we conclude our month of considering themes of renewal and look to this ‘Season of Love’ as a time to remember that life is not an exercise, but rather a joyful dance, rich in all the beauty it can afford.  This service will be preceded by our annual May Day Celebration (weather permitting) in which we will ceremonially remove last year’s ribbons from our May Pole (lamppost near the rear entrance of the building), and wind new ribbons as part of this year’s dance.  The ancient observance of Beltane provides the roots of modern May Day celebrations, a time in which love and joy were honored.  Please gather at 9:45am on this day if you are interested in participating.

 

MAY
Sunday Services
Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Healing

Sunday, May 7  –  Lay-Led Service
10:30 AM Service:  TBD 

Sunday, May 14  –  Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service:  “Forgiveness Part 1:  The Science of Forgiveness” 
In 1997, the Campaign for Forgiveness Research, a funding initiative, was launched for scientists in multiple disciplines who were interested in taking forgiveness out of the purview of religion and using rigorous scientific protocol to determine its effects on the body and mind.  The results have enriched our understanding of forgiveness, demonstrating that what was traditionally seen as a religious ideal is actually an important skill for anyone, whether atheist, agnostic, or believer, who seeks to live a healthy, happy life.”  –  from Salon http://bit.ly/1FlndPA

Sunday, May 21  –  Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service:  “Forgiveness Part 2:  How Do We Forgive?”
Dr. Robert Enright, a developmental psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shaped a 4 part process for forgiveness:  “uncovering anger; deciding to forgive; working on forgiveness; and discovery and release from emotional prison.”  How does this relate to our UU principles and how does it work in community?

Sunday, May 28  –  Lay-Led Service
10:30 AM Service:  TBD