Services for January, 2019
Theme for September: Possibility
Of all our topics this year, Possibility is arguably most central to our faith. It has distinguished Unitarian Universalists from the start. Historically, when others saw depravity and sin at the core of human identity, we saw potential–sometimes with hardly any boundaries. When many were preaching that this world was fallen, and we should look instead to the hope of an afterlife, we found ourselves falling in love with the possibility of heaven on earth. Theologically, you might say that we were the people that believed that God hadn’t given up on any of us and so we shouldn’t give up on each other or this world. Psychologically, it’s led to us being a people of “why not?” Why not give people another chance? Why not fight what seems a losing battle? Why not risk a little failure? After all, to us the possible has always seemed more likely than not!
So that’s our religion. But what about us personally? How open have you been recently to “Why not?” How’s your faith in possibility doing? As we honor our religion’s trust in what’s possible, we need to allow space for the reality that trusting possibility isn’t so easy. Maybe being a people of possibility has more to do with being a people of vulnerability and courage than we’ve thought. The work isn’t just about believing in possibility. It’s about being willing to endure a few wounds along the way. It can hurt to be hopeful. Especially with all that is going on in our world and society right now, we need to make room for that. So maybe the question this month isn’t “Are you ready to lean into possibility?” but “Who’s beside you and who are you bringing along?” “Who have you gathered to patch and pick you up when the path gets bumpy?” After all, no one makes it down the road of possibility alone. And perhaps that’s the real secret: remembering that “Why not?” is something we all have to say together. ~ excerpt from Soul Matters
The Art of Possibility
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Ralph Bush-Resko
UUth Choir Performs
In the Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander, the basic premise is that much of life is invented, so you might as well invent, and step into, a universe of possibility. The world of measurement is our default operating system, and in that narrower place we find chronic shortages and competition. They counter with a different world: “Let us suppose that a universe of possibility stretches beyond the world of measurement to include all worlds: infinite, generative, and abundant.” Yet even in struggle, how we approach our living, and our dying, shifts both what we perceive and the overall quality of our lives. Join us for the Fire Communion ceremony to mark the new year and symbolically let go of things from last year that we want to leave behind.
Our Universalist DNA
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Kristen Tuxbury
The old saying “You are what you eat” applies to Unitarian Universalism. When the smaller Universalist denomination consolidated with the larger Unitarians in 1961 the fear was that Unitarians would swallow the Universalists. Well, that happened! But rather than go away, the Universalist tradition has slowly transformed Unitarianism. The Universalist messages of “God is Love”; inherent worth and dDignity of all persons; radical acceptance; and spiritual exploration have become hallmarks of present-day Unitarian Universalism. Come learn what else we owe to our Universalist DNA.
We the People, Not I the Person
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Miriam Liss
Adult Choir Performs
Something very subtle has been growing within our society for quite some time until it seems to have metastasized. The opening words of the United States Constitution are “We the People”. But in many respects, it is being interpreted in the way people live as “I the Person.” The blind pursuit of individuality is fraying our communal and collective fabric. This may have serious consequences for the future of our civic and spiritual future, not to mention the fate of habitable life on our planet. On this Sunday when we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us contemplate the possibilities for finding our way back to our democratic roots.
Worship Associate: Shari Pastore
Drumming is a powerful tool for expression, connection, and healing. Ken is a local musician who has been building community through drumming for many years, and he returns to offer us a group music-making experience. He brings along drums and rhythm instruments of all kinds for everyone to try.