Services for June, 2020
Monthly Theme: Compassion
“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others.” -Andrew Boyd
Compassion’s defining characteristic is distinguished by doing. To feel the pain of another, well, the word “empathy” has that covered. But compassion takes it a step further. Compassion calls us to do something about that pain. In other words, compassion calls us to change things! It’s not just about comforting others; it’s about our comfort getting disturbed. It’s about connecting with another’s pain and struggle so deeply that we can’t rest until they rest. When we feel compassion – real compassion – we don’t just understand another’s pain, we want it to stop. And then we do what’s needed to make it stop. It makes one wonder: Maybe the true test of compassion is justice. And if that’s close to the mark, then maybe compassion’s question for us this month isn’t what we thought it was. Instead of asking us, “Are you able to feel?” maybe it’s asking, “What are you prepared to do?”
Milestones of Compassion
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Yuki Cameron
George Washington Carver once said, “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. Join us as we celebrate those in our Fellowship who have moved through significant milestones of life. We will dedicate our young children; recognize our teenagers who bridge to adulthood; honor our adults who have recently retired; and memorialize any of our congregants and close family and friends who died this year.
The Embodied Breath
Rev. Doug McCusker & Michele Nierle
Worship Associate: Austin McNichols
Breathing is our interface with the world. We depend on air to survive but usually we take it for granted because it is invisible and everywhere. And that is the extraordinary quality of air; it is shared with everyone on this planet. For our second annual Air Communion service, we will explore how the energy of air, the breath moving through us, connects us to ourselves, each other, and our world.
Fear, Faith, and Forecasting
Worship Associate: Shari Pastore
Fear, faith, and forecasting: the process of all human development. In the face of fear, especially of the unknown, we develop beliefs to allay our fear. But we then use reason and logic to understand what we fear and vanquish it. This process of dreading, believing, and finally understanding is our human legacy, our evolution. Today we’ll explore how it works in our everyday lives, how it can inform our journey as UUs, and how it continues to enlighten our understanding of the universe and our place in it.
June 28 — 10:00 a.m. (Please note earlier start time)
Rooted, Inspired, and Ready
UUA General Assembly Worship Service
Worship Associate: n/a
Join us and UU’s from all over the world for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. This powerful, communal worship experience will stream on uua.org/ga at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Everyone is welcome to view the service. Rev. Mykal O’Neil Slack, Community Minister for Black Lives of UU will be the worship leader. Rev. Joan Javier-Duval, Minister of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT will offer the sermon. Music will be provided by talented musicians and the GA Virtual Choir. The worship service will include a collection for the Tomaquag Museum, an indigenous museum featuring an extensive collection and archive of Southern New England tribal communities. Note: UUFF will not be hosting a separate service.