January 2020 Worship Services

Join us each Sunday as we celebrate and worship as a community.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

“Jesus:  The Radical”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Dorothy Steinicke, Worship Associate


We celebrated the birth of this important person in our liberal religious tradition.  Now let us consider some of the radical teachings that new research into early Christianity and ancient scriptures are illuminating.  Join us as we consider the “secret teachings” of Jesus that the empire tried to destroy.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

“Thresholds to Spiritual Leadership”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Alison Kendall, Worship Associate


Our beloved community offers many opportunities to step into spiritual leadership. Join us as we express appreciation for the many volunteers who sustain and lead our community and explore the ways we minister to each other and the larger world.


Sunday, January 19, 2020

“Death Wishes”

Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
Aubrey Sassoon, Worship Associate

Many of us start the new year making plans for our futures.  We have plans and hopes and dreams for our lives — none of which is certain — but seldom do we spend as much time thinking about or preparing for our deaths…  Something that we know will happen to each of us.  What then, do you wish for yourself and your loved ones in your death and your dying?  Have you told them?  Have you written down these wishes?  Sharing the wisdom gleaned from Death Doulas, let us consider your Death Wishes during the month that more people in America die than any other in the year.

The Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins is a consultant to people and organizations in transition.  She works with non-profits and faith-based organizations around the country helping them address issues of leadership, communication and cultural competence.  Her most recent book is Fish Out of Water, and she is currently collaborating on a book about Gender Identities.  She is a member of our UUSM community. www.KikanzaNuriRobins.com

This month we also honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  UUs have a legacy of “deeds not creeds.”  Let us lift up our ongoing work for social justice and racial harmony participate in events like these:


Sunday, January 26, 2020

“Our Humanistic Faith”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching


Our Unitarian Universalist tradition has six sources which serve as the foundation of our liberal faith.  Last month we considered our 1st Source — transcending mystery and wonder — and this month we continue this series with a meditation on our 5th Source:  “Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.”



Generous Congregation Recipient:  Trans LifelineTrans Lifeline

Our collection this month will be shared with the Trans Lifeline, a peer-support crisis hotline that also provides financial support to trans people in crisis.  The hotline is the only service in the country in which all operators are transgender.  The Trans Lifeline came to recognize that the epidemic of suicide in the trans community is inextricably tied to the economic justice issues trans people face at alarming rates, and that meaningful emotional support often requires financial support as well.  In 2017, Trans Lifeline merged with the Trans Assistance Project, which became their Microgrants program.  Microgrants offers low-barrier grants to trans people for legal name changes and updated government identification documents, as well as specialized support for incarcerated and undocumented trans people.  With your support, we can help keep these vital services available to those in our community who need them most.  Thank you for your generous support of this beloved community and the Trans Lifeline.  


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