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

Upcoming Services

 Summer Series Theme:  Driving Passions

August 6

One Service at 10:30 a.m.

 The Heat of the Moment:  A Storytelling Service

 Andrew Hager, Lay Worship Associate

Not every decision is made after careful, somber relection.  In our annual storytelling service, TUUC members and friends share pesonal stories of times in their lives when they were driven by passion, not logic.  

August 13

One Service at 10:30 a.m.

5 Minutes to Live

Tara McIntyre, Lay Worship Associate

Our service takes its name from a sermon delivered by Rabbi Kenneth Berger more than 30 years ago, on Yom Kippur, September 16, 1986, a few months after the Challenger disaster.  The accident investigation suggested that in all likelihood, the Challenger astronauts were conscious and aware as their capsule plummeted to Earth, a fall that probably took about five minutes. What could possibly have gone through their hearts and minds in what they knew were their last moments?  Rabbi Berger likened the astronauts to Jews called by the High Holy Days to engage in a soul searching process called "heshbon ha-nefesh" (Hebrew for taking stock of one's soul). 
Not quite three years later, Rabbi Berger was on a flight to Chicago from a family vacation in Denver with his wife and three of his four children when the plane's tail engine exploded and crippled the controls, and for forty minutes the passengers prepared for a crash landing.  The plane burst into flames as it hit the ground in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 people including the Rabbi and his wife, both in their early forties.
We'll explore the tragic coincidence, and through Rabbi Berger's insights and the words of John O'Donohue, Walt Whitman, and others, the questions and answers they might hold for all of us in taking stock of our lives, while still looking with hope toward the future.
Music by The Katydids.  We hope you'll join us!


 

August 20

One Service at 10:30 a.m.

Finding the Line, a Lesson in Mindfulness

Kat Moseng, Lay Worship Associate

Some say it is described "as paying attention in a particular way:  on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."  Some say it's about embracing the beauty of monotasking.  Still others say that it is awareness and experiential inquiry.  However you define it, studies have shown that mindfulness or concentrating on what you're doing will make you happier than daydreaming, even if you're daydreaming about something pleasant.  Also it is a way of helping you cope with stress, anxiety, pain and illness.  And it happens to me most clearly when I am out in the woods, finding the line.

August 27

One Service at 10:30 a.m.

Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Rev. Clare Petersberger

Our worship services this summer have focused on the theme of "Driving Passions."  A decade ago, the Unitarian Universalist Randy Pausch gave a talk about driving passions and specifically about realizing childhood dreams.  I had the opportunity to reflect on his wisdom while riding the Sizzler in an amusement park in the Highlands of Scotland with my four-year-old nephew.  Which of your childhood dreams did you achieve.  What did you learn?  Which of your childhood dreams are still worth achieving?