Services for November, 2018
Theme for September: Memory
“What is it that takes you back, and where does it take you?” These may be our most important questions this month. “What takes you back?” invites us to see memory as having its own volition. Not a skill we manipulate, but a sacred energy that “wants” something from us, or “hopes” something for us. And “Where does it take you?” Well, that’s a big question too. The space of memory is elusive. Mysterious. Seemingly beyond our grasp. Who can really say “where” it is? But here’s what we do know: it is in the space of memory that we are somehow held together, and re-assembled. As we remember, we are re-membered. In that space, memories become these self-animated threads that weave the pieces and parts of us into this more complete thing we call “me” and “you.” The past is not a place that traps us; it’s more like soil that clings tightly to our roots in order to nourish and stabilize us. If memory had a voice, it wouldn’t sing “remember me.” It would call out, “don’t forget who you are. ~ excerpt from Soul Matters
Healing Our Ancestral Grief
Worship Associate: Miriam Liss
UUth Choir Performs
Ancestral Grief occurs when our family or community are unable to process shared grief, which can result in sorrows being passed to the next generation, both consciously and unconsciously. Unprocessed grief can affect our health and our ability to share our unique gifts. Join us as we explore the process of healing ancestral grief. After the service the whole congregation will join in a communal ritual to call our ancestors to help us heal the trauma on the land under 25 Chalice Circle, which was once worked by enslaved people at the Chatham plantation. Bring photographs of your ancestors.
Re-membering War and Peace
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Andy Cameron
On this Veteran’s Day, we will honor those who served in our armed forces by remembering the armistice of World War II at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, 100 years ago. Things are different now than in 1917 when the U.S. entered the war. Back then it was against the law to speak out against U.S. involvement in the war. We will remember the historic debate at the Unitarian Association’s General Conference between Rev. John Haynes Holmes, a pacifist minister and former President William Howard Taft who was the Moderator of the Unitarian Association. We will explore the ethical dilemma of “just war.”.
Grateful for Nature’s Bounty
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Shari Pastore
Adult Choir Performs
Even though our Earth Mother must feed over 7.4 billion people and all the animals and insects, she is able to do it through her extremely generous abundance. And yet, everyday millions of people go hungry and animals starve. Wouldn’t it be better if we showed our appreciation for Nature’s bounty by sharing instead of hoarding? Join us for our multi-generational Thanksgiving service and feast as we give thanks for Earth’s plenty by sharing stories, food and good cheer.
The 2018 Midterm Election
Dr. Stephen Farnsworth
Worship Associate: Elizabeth Cameron
Join us as Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, Professor at the University of Mary Washington and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, returns for his annual discussion of the results of the November election.