Upcoming Sunday Services

Services for August, 2018

There are no monthly themes for July and August

August 5

That Which Does Not Kill You: A Survival Story
Chris Johns
Worship Associate: Taylor Johns

Director of Religious Education Chris Johns will share her own survival story with us, and the lessons she learned from the experience.  This service will also feature a homily from Taylor Johns, which she created while participating in the Summer Seminary for Unitarian Universalist Youth at the Meadville-Lombard Theological School.

August 12

A Few of My Favorite Things: A Personal Journey with Voluntary Simplicity
Rev. Jeff Jones
Worship Associate: Miriam Liss

The first part of this sermon was given in 2003 at UUFF when Jeff was the minister of the Fellowship.  He could not have imagined how the story would evolve over time and would eventually lead to significant changes in his life.  He looks forward to sharing more of his journey.  Jeff served the UUFF as minister from 2000-2009, and the Emerson UU Congregation in Marietta, Georgia, from 2010-2017.  He then left full-time parish ministry to begin serving as a mostly volunteer UU Community Minister, offering introductory classes in Compassionate or Nonviolent Communication.  He and his wife, Carol Buffum, now live in Asheville, North Carolina.

August 19

The Opiate Epidemic
Dr. Patrick Neustatter
Worship Associate: Bill Johnson-Miles

Patrick will talk about the opiate epidemic, including how, encouraged by the pharmaceutical industry, overprescribing has given doctors a bad name.  But he will also address the problems faced by doctors to adequately treat people who have legitimate pain.  Patrick worked as a family physician at the Pratt Medical Center in Garrisonville for 24 years until retiring in 2010.  Since then, he has been the volunteer medical director of the Moss Free Clinic.  He is the author of Managing Your Doctor: A Smart Patient’s Guide to Getting Effective Affordable Healthcare.

August 26

Mindful Listening
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Andy Cameron

Deep and active listening is a spiritual practice that any of us can do, but it requires us to be fully present to all the ways that the other person is communicating.  Rather than processing their words, mindful listening creates a space to fully receive what they are saying.