Upcoming Sunday Services

Services for March, 2021

Monthly Theme: Commitment

Huge payoffs come when we keep our commitments. Maintaining loyalty to healthy habits not only lengthens our lives but enriches them. Faithfully following through on our relationship commitments allows us to fully realize ourselves as the interdependent creatures we are, as well as increases just about every metric of happiness, meaning and success out there. Add it all up and what we get is a picture of commitment that looks a lot like climbing a mountain. The path is long and littered with challenges, but there’s definitely a beautiful view waiting for us at the top. All of us certainly need a few of these successful journeys to feel fulfilled. But what about those we notice along the way? What about those we see sitting on the side of the trail, bruised and tending to their wounds? What about those who have stopped half-way up and are now traveling back down the path?

The path of commitment is often more like trudging through a thick forest where all sorts of paths complicate our journey. Not every path of commitment is clear and long, with a reward waiting at the end. Some just lead to dead ends. And almost always there’s that fork in the road. We want to travel both, but we are forced to choose. So, commitment to one necessarily means traveling with regret and “What ifs.” In such woods, our backpacks need to be filled with more than just endurance, focus and grit. Self-forgiveness, acceptance, and the ability to let go or admit “I was wrong” need to be tucked in there too. We need to remember that for every person wanting to hear “push through the pain,” there are two needing someone to say, “It’s ok to tell me about your pain.” Sometimes the best advice is “break it down to one step at a time”; Other times the wisest words we can offer are “It’s ok to stop trying.” Less pushing grit and more encouragement to forgive themselves.  ~ from Soul Matters

 

March 7

The Shared Commitments of a Living Faith
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Kristen Tuxbury
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

The Cambridge Platform of 1648 established the polity of congregational autonomy and covenant making that we still practice today as Unitarian Universalists. But lesser know portions of the Platform established the equally important imperative for congregations to support one another and hold each other accountable. It was a balancing act of independence and interdependence. As a covenantal faith, we must recommit to our mutual trust and support among our congregations for the health of the whole.

 

March 14

Choosing Blessing
Michele Nierle
Worship Associate: Ed Rodriguez/Karen Kallay
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Rebecca Parker says, “Choose to bless the world.” Some days, this does not feel like an easy choice, especially if we are not feeling so blessed ourselves. What does it mean to commit to blessing the world? How do we clarify and return to this commitment in our daily lives, in our relationships, in beloved community?

 

March 21

The 8th Principle: A Call to Action
Rev. Doug McCusker, Jason Michael, and UUFF Jazz Ensemble
Worship Associate: Shari Pastore
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

In these divided, polarized, and segregated times, Jazz as a musical expression that spans differences can serve as a spiritual bridge to open harmonic dialog in our bodies and souls. Join us for our annual Jazz service as we reflect on the connecting qualities of Jazz while listening to some really good music!

 

March 28

Breathing Together
Members of the Common Read Class
Worship Associate: Kristen Tuxbury
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Each year, the UUA chooses one book as the Common Read, meant to inspire, transform, and deepen discussions among readers. This morning, participants from UUFF’s Common Read Discussion Group will offer reflections of their learning from this year’s book by Imani Perry, Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, as well as from Widening The Circle of Concern: The UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change Report. As part of UUFF’s Adult Religious Education programming, the Common Read group will extend their inspired discoveries to you.