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Sunday Services
Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Healing

Sunday, May 7  –  Lay-led Service with Margaret Wozniak
10:30 AM Service:   “White Privilege and Power – Our Unrecognized Inheritance”
A look at how the actions of our U.S. ancestors continue to benefit those of us with white skin.

Sunday, May 14  –  Rabbi Chava Bahle and Andi Kramer
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
We will also honor Mothers on this Mother’s Day.

Sunday, May 21  –  Rabbi Chava Bahle and Donna Stein Harris
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 this work in community?

Sunday, May 28  –  Lay-led Service with Karen Mars
10:30 AM Service:  “Forgiveness Part 3:  Forgiving Ourselves”
Forgiving ourselves is one of the most difficult things to do, but not doing so can damage us emotionally, spiritually and even physically.  Is there ever a time when we should not forgive ourselves for something committed or omitted?  You are invited to a time of introspection and healing.  On this Sunday, we will also recognize Memorial Day and Ramadan.

Sunday Services
Honoring the Earth and the Interdependent Web

Sunday, June 4  –  Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service:  “What Will You Bring to the Feast?  A Water Communion” – Based on a Service by Rev. Erika Hewitt
Join us for a joyous, creative (and brief) worship service prior to the Annual Meeting!

How does our garden grow, this community of love?
We each plant seeds that blossom forth, and harvest the fruits thereof.
How does our garden grow?  With stewardship and care:
Our hearts and spirits take their strength from our gifts freely shared.

Sunday, June 11  –  Lay-led Service with Betsy Emdin
10:30 AM Service:  “Poetry of the Earth:  A Service in Song and Word”
Through poetry, story and song we celebrate the coming of Summer.  We will honor the beloved tradition of the Flower Communion.  Please bring a flower to share at the service and we will each have an opportunity to choose a different one that speaks to us to take home.

Sunday, June 18  –  Rabbi Chava Bahle and Margaret Wozniak
10:30 AM Service:  “Grandfather Sky”
Today is First Nations Day in Canada, and also Father’s Day.  Let’s gather and honor the spirit of our Native neighbors and fathers.

The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe.
The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother.
She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us.
– Big Thunder (Bedagi) – Wabanaki Algonquin

Sunday, June 25  –  Rabbi Chava Bahle, Hal Gurian and Kathy Booker-Graham
10:30 AM Service:  “The Loving Heart”
How do we cultivate an open, loving heart?  It is risky to live vulnerably, but as UUs we are encouraged to live boldly,  bravely:  this means the risk of an open heart.  In the well known words of Jay Abernathy Jr.:

We affirm that love is our greatest purpose.
Accepting one another is the truest form of faithful living.
The search for truth is our constant star.
We pledge our hearts, minds, and hands:
To challenge injustice with courage;
To find hope in times of fear;
And to live out our Unitarian Universalist values every day as a beloved community.
Thus do we covenant with each other and with all that is sacred in life.