Services for May, 2019
Theme for May: Curiosity
UU minister Victoria Safford speaks of curiosity using the metaphor of perception and sight. She writes, “To see, with only our eyes, simply to look, is an ethical act and intentional choice; to see, with an open heart, is a spiritual practice and thus a risk, for it can open you to ways of knowing the world and loving it that will lead to inevitable consequences. The awakened eye is a conscious eye, a willful eye, and brave, because to see things as they are, each in its own truth, will make you very vulnerable.” There is a type of curiosity that is about enjoyment and adventure. It invites us to experience life as a playground. But there is another type of curiosity that leads to consequences, that changes us. It’s the kind that drives us past enjoyment and comfort. It’s not about enriching oneself; it’s about altering oneself. Just think of how we talk about our dances with curiosity. We don’t just tell stories about barraging our poor Sunday School teachers with “Why?!” and “Who says?!”; We tell stories of doing it until we were kicked out of the class. We don’t just talk about being open-minded; we talk about how our open-mindedness led us to leave home and family and walk a lonelier path than we wanted. And lately, many of us have leaned into the hard work of being curious about our role in upholding institutional racism and structures of white supremacy, none of which is just about “learning interesting new things.” The point of all these stories is that, as hard as these curious paths are, we are grateful for them. We don’t want curiosity to just be fun or interesting. We want it to make us anew. ~ Rev. Scott Tayler, Soul Matters Team Lead
Blessed Are the Curious, for They Shall Have Adventures
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Andy Cameron
UUth Choir Performs
Curiosity is that impulse that draws us toward the mysterious and the unknown like a moth to a flame. Sometimes it overrides our other impulse to play it safe and be satisfied with what we already know. It can get us in trouble, and it can open us up to new experiences. It’s an essential ingredient of our humanity.
Be Careful About What You Ask
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Bill Johnson-Miles
Adult Choir Performs
Sometimes I think the UU symbol ought to be a question mark rather than a chalice. The last line of the hymn We Laugh, We Cry has always intrigued me: “…even to question, truly is an answer.” Join us as we explore the holy act of questioning. Why do we do it and where does it lead us?
DRE Chris Johns & the UUFF Youth
Worship Associate: The UUFF Youth
All year long, the UUFF youth have been exploring their UU powers! The power of UU Tools, the power of UU Magic, the power found in UU History. Join us at this year’s RE service and feel the power for yourself!
My Religion Is You: A Humanist Perspective
Worship Associate: Elizabeth Cameron
Humanism is an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems. The history of the Unitarian Universalist church parallels the modern history of Humanism, and many of the UU principles can be attributed to the humanist movement. This talk will explore the history f Humanism and the relationship between Humanism and religion.