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Services for September, 2020

Monthly Theme: Renewal

September is a season of homecoming for us UUs. And renewal is central to that. We renew our energy for another year of journeying together. It’s also a time of renewing our renewal questions. You see, one of the less noticed roles of religion is its sneaky way of changing our lives by asking us to change the questions we ask. In our culture, the questions we ask about renewal focus mainly on health: “Are you drinking enough water? Are you getting enough sleep?” and work/life balance: “Are you making enough time for family, play and rest?” Those are fine questions, but they don’t take us very deep or push us very far. And so along comes religion and it says, “Hey, look over here. There’s a box with an entirely different set of renewal questions that nobody’s opened yet.” Questions like:

“Are you sure it’s your body that’s tired, or could it be your soul?” Or,
“Is it time to renew your responsibility to those who will come after you?” Or,
Is it time to renew your commitment to carry on the work of those who came before us? Or,
“What if you saw your daily living and loving as an opportunity (even a calling) to renew others’ faith in humanity?” Or,
“Could it be that continual self-improvement is not the path to renewal but instead compassionate acceptance of who you already are, warts and all?”

So, friends, this month let’s dig in together. Let’s renew and refresh the renewal questions we ask. Let’s remind ourselves that, indeed, we change our lives by changing the questions we ask

 

September 6

Renewal of Our Relationship with Nature
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Yuki Cameron
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Homo Sapiens are the Earth’s branch of evolution toward self-awareness. Other beings on this planet have continued to evolve their consciousness in different ways. But somewhere along these interdependent paths, humanity saw itself as superior, separate and all alone. This has led to a catastrophic rupture in our relationship with the totality of life. A renewal of our existential bond with Nature is the key to our next stage of evolution together.

September 13

Renewal through Liberation
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Michele Nierle
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

The Movement for Black lives and the spring/summer protests against police violence have provided us with a renewed sense of urgency about moving into a new and more just future. But to cause real institutional change we must liberate together from the deeply seated caste system called racism and white supremacy culture. Unitarian Universalism has embarked on this journey. Progress depends on each one of us as individuals, as a Fellowship, and as a religious movement to widen the circle of influence and embrace the power of Beloved Community.

September 20

Àse: The Power to Make Change!
Rev. Joshua Cole
Worship Associate: Ed Rodriguez
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

In the West African Yoruba tradition, Àse is a philosophical idea by which we conceive the power and then act to make change. What are we doing in society today to enact change with the injustices and problems all around us every day? Join Delegate Joshua Cole as he offers us ways to apply Àse for the vital work of social justice and transformational change.

September 27

The Life Sandwich
Michele Nierle
Worship Associate: Shari Pastore
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Our seventh principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part” is undergoing a process of reorientation for many of us. While on a cosmic level, interdependence has always existed, perhaps our human understanding of it is shifting to include restoration. Our collective healing requires that we return to our history, allow it to reveal its living inside us now, and be inspired towards a vision only possible in the looking back.