Towson
  Unitarian
  Universalist
Church
Minister: Rev. Clare L. Petersberger
A Welcoming Congregation

Upcoming Services

 Spiritual Theme:  Courage

October 1

9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Vulnerability and Courage

Rev. Clare Petersberger

The spiritual theme for September was "What does it mean to be a people of welcome?"  The spiritual theme for October is "What does it mean to be a people of courage?" The Jewish High Holy Days just offered a perfect illustration of how, in order to welcome new beginnings, it takes courage to face our human fallability and vulnerability.  Joyce Duncan will share a traditional story told that illustrates the relationship between vulnerability and courage. 

October 8

9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Courageous Conversations

Rev. Clare Petersberger, The TUUC Puppet Thing, and members of the TUUC ADORE Action Task Force

In the winter of 2016, following courageous conversations with ourselves and each other about our experiences with white privilege and systemic racism, participants in a dialogue on racial justice turned to conversing with members and friends of TUUC about installing banners reading "Black Lives Matter".  A year ago, this weekend, with the support of members of A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity (ADORE) from First Church Baltimore we dedicated these banners.  In the past year, these banners have been vandalized seven times:  torn, defaced, or simply removed.  The repeated installation of our banners followed by acts of vandalism against them is a kind of dialogue -- though not a particularly productive one.  Today, we rededicate ourselves to the message of the banners and the courageous conversations we need to have with ourselves and the wider community in order to share our congregation's vision for racial justice in America. 


 

October 15

9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

The Bullied, The Bully, And The Bystander

Rev. Clare Petersberger

A few years ago, a colleague tweeted, "the person who bullied me in elementary school's birthday was on my (Facebook) timeline today. Amazing how seeing her name STILL hurts."  I imagine this colleague is not alone.  Yet we don't talk, often, of our personal experiences of being bullied, or of bullying another, or of being a bystander to bullying.  As people of courage, today we reflect on all three.  For as Barbara Coloros has written, "Bullying is a learned behavior.  The bullied, the bully, and the bystander are three characters in a tragic play and the scripts can be rewritten, the plot changed."

 

October 22

9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

 

The Courage To Be

Rev. Clare Petersberger

 October 31st will mark the five hundredth anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the castle door in Wittenberg, Germany, launching what we now know as the Protestant Reformation.  It seems fitting to mark this anniversary which influenced our own faith tradition with a reflection on what we Unitarian Universalists might choose as theses to nail to the doors of our congregation in 2017.  My thinking has been influenced by Paul Tillich who wrote about the courage to be when confronted with the abyss of death, anxiety, and meaningless. 

 



 October 29

9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

To Be Announced