Upcoming Sunday Services

Services for October, 2022

Monthly Theme: Courage

In addition to the heroic acts that alter history, there are also the daily choices that prevent history from altering us!  Bending the arc of the universe toward justice deserves praise, but so does the ordinary work of integrity and not allowing yourself to be bent. We need to make room on the path for these common acts of courage. The bravery of embracing your beauty even when it doesn’t fit the air-brushed images surrounding us. The courage of calling out microaggressions that occur daily for many of us. And what about resisting the persistent seduction of status and stuff? Simply put, the list is long: Turning down that drink one day at a time. Making yourself get out of bed when the depression tells you to stay there. Make no mistake, there are dozens of ordinary acts of bravery we embody every day!

Or maybe we should say there are dozens of ordinary acts of bravery we help each other embody every day. This we need to remember as well. Courage is not only noble; it’s contagious. The bravery that makes it into the history books may save the world, but our ordinary courage keeps each other going. Watching someone else make it through another day helps us endure. Witnessing someone else confront bigotry allows us to bravely be more open about who we are. They say that courage is found by digging deep, but most often it is passed on.

So don’t worry so much if you haven’t changed the world yet. Our work rests less in looking up to heroes and sheroes, and more in looking over at each other. And in remembering that others are looking over at and needing strength from us.

~ from Soul Matters

October 2

Radical Hope: Courage or Folly?
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Carmela Southers
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

In turbulent times, radical hope is not the belief in better days to come but the courage to accept what lies ahead. Radical hope requires us to embrace the unknown and live with full awareness to what is becoming and to what we are becoming. To show up even when nothing is guaranteed.

 

October 9

A Multiracial Tapestry of Accountability
roddy biggs
Worship Associate: Shari Pastore
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to be the weavers of a Multiracial Tapestry of Accountability. To be such weavers takes courage. Join us as we explore how being the weavers of such a tapestry might transform our faith, community, and ourselves. Where might we still need some work, and where might we find the courage to continue the work?

 

October 16

Why Can’t We Be Satisfied?
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Kristen Tuxbury
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

We are taught that to stand still is to fall back. We must keep striving for more and never be satisfied in order to grow. And isn’t growth the holy grail? But what if the secret to satisfaction is not to increase what we have? What if it is to manage our wants even if that means wanting less? Getting off the treadmill of constant growth can lead to a happier, more satisfied life.

 

October 23

Courage in Numbers
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: roddy biggs
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

The conventional thinking is that humans, like birds, seek safety in numbers and that real courage comes when we strike out on our own. But power shared is power multiplied. It takes courage to trust in the power of the community. Not to hide, but to face insurmountable odds with the power of love.

 

October 30

Exploring the Veil Between
Christi Bayha
Worship Associate: Carmela Southers
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Throughout history, late summer and fall are associated with the dead. In Japan they celebrate Obon…  in the west, Halloween, All Soul’s, and Day of the Dead. Come explore the spiritual value of these world traditions for us today.