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The Financial Social Worker — Fred Pryor

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in Worship Services

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What Is Church For? A Dialogue. — Tom Yelton

Posted by on Jul 7, 2019 in Worship Services

What is church for? What is it not for?
What is life for? 

The service will not have a sermon or lecture. It will use the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro. Basically we will sit in a circle with a talking stick in the center. Whoever wishes to speak on the topic “What Is Church For?” will take the talking stick (or ask for it if they need help) and return it to the center when done speaking.

Bohm Dialogue is a cooperative endeavor to explore a topic. People are therefore allowed to refer to what others have said, build on it, ask questions about it, or even disagree with it, as long as it is done thoughtfully, respectfully, sticks to the topic, and is addressed to the whole group rather than to individuals. Dialogue is mostly about respectful, attentive listening.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.

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Genealogy – Voice in Your Blood — June Hopkins

Posted by on Jun 23, 2019 in Worship Services

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Fatherhood — Dave Andrews

Posted by on Jun 16, 2019 in Worship Services

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2019 Summer Services Schedule

Posted by on Jun 13, 2019 in Worship Services

For the complete schedule of summer services and who has volunteered for what, click HERE.

Date Leader Topic
June 16 Dave Andrews Fatherhood
June 23 June Hopkins Genealogy – Voice in Your Blood
June 30 NO SERVICE JUNE 30
July 7 Tom Yelton What is Church For? A Dialogue.
July 14 Fred Pryor The Financial Social Worker
July 21 Leslie Bryant My Year of No Shopping
July 28 Marion Tratnyek Summers on the Farm
August 4 Earth Centered Group Lughnasadh!
August 11 Seth Kaplan What Is It About Guns
August 18 Lane Williamson God of Dirt
August 25 All Attendees Poetry Jam

 

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Flower Ritual during Sunday Service on last day

Posted by on Jun 9, 2019 in Worship Services

Flower Ritual on June 9

Sunday, June 9 will be the last Sunday of our Program Year. As in past years, we will conclude with a flower ritual (some call it Flower Communion), introduced to Unitarian worship by Norbert Čapek of Czechoslovakia in June, 1923. Čapek built a religious movement of Unitarians that, over the course of two decades, grew to nearly 10,000 people. He ministered at what was then the largest Unitarian congregation in the world, in Prague.

The flower ritual was brought to the United States by Mája Čapek in 1940. She was raising money for her husband’s church in Prague. During her tour, World War II broke out and she was unable to return home. Her husband, still in Prague, denounced the brutality of the Nazi regime. Soon after the occupation of Czechoslovakia, Dr. Čapek was arrested. He died in a concentration camp in Germany in 1942. Mája remained in the United States, where she continued to work for international religious freedom until her death in 1956.

In the words of Mája Čapek, “No two flowers are alike, no two people are alike; yet each has a contribution to make; each would help make the world as beautiful as a colorful bouquet. By exchanging the flowers, we signify that we are willing, in the spirit of tolerance and patience, to march together in search of truth, disregarding all that usually divides people.”

On June 9, please bring a flower for each person participating in our pan-generational worship service. The helpful Landscape Committee members will help you put them in a vase when you enter, and then they will be carried into the service before the ritual. If you have any questions, contact Fran in the office.

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