Upcoming Worship Services

Spiritual question: 

What Does It Mean To Be People Of Creativity?

May 6 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM

“People Soup” and Our Creative Faith

Rev. Clare Petersberger, Joyce Duncan

What does it mean to be a people of creativity?   Sixty-five years ago some youth risked forming relationships with youth from another denomination.   They brainstormed a journal called “People Soup” which they would write and publish themselves.  As a result, eight years later, the Unitarians and the Universalists formally consolidated on May 12, 1961.  Today, we remember the creativity of these youth and reflect on how their example might shape the next 50 years of our creative faith. 

May 13 - 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM

Spiritual Motherhood

Rev. Clare Petersberger, Rich Madaleno, 11:15 service

Julia Ward Howe was a creative 19th century Unitarian.  She awoke after a visit to see the Union troops to write the six verses to “The Battle Hymn Of the Republic.”  Twelve years later, however, she penned a Mother’s Day proclamation for peace---inviting an international gathering of women on June 2 to bring qualities of motherhood:  compassion, patience, caring for one’s family, active citizenship.  She had a vision of spiritual motherhood that involved citizens “exerting influence and watchfulness in all the walks of life….(giving every person) a noble part to perform in the great drama of the world.”  Her goal was world peace.  On this Mother’s Day, we celebrate spiritual motherhood past and present.  Senator Rich Madaleno will speak on creativity, compassion, and citizenship in our second service.


Creativity and the Senses

Tracy Hall, The TUUC Choir

We often think of the arts when we think of creativity.  But it’s a complex and layered phenomenon that displays itself in a variety of fields and experiences. Sometimes it seems elusive; sometimes it stems from need and fuels an amazing resourcefulness; sometimes it is therapeutic and provides endless beauty.  It can be especially enjoyable when it arises in a state of openness, freedom and spontaneity.  What is your relationship with creativity?  Come explore this question through some special music, through some activities, and through connecting with your fellow TUUCers.  If you play any type of musical instrument, please bring yours today and help us engage in some on-the-spot creativity during the service.

May 27 - ONE SERVICE - 10:30 AM

For Aid and Comfort Through All the Relations and Passages of Life and Death

Rev. Clare Petersberger

This weekend marks the 225th anniversary of the birth of the Unitarian minister and American author, Ralph Waldo Emerson.  On the night Emerson’s five-year-old son died of scarlet fever, he wrote four letters to relatives describing his son and began to compose his poem, “Threnody.”  Richard Higgins writes “Anybody who says that Emerson didn’t suffer, that he didn’t have an adequate sense of the awful things that happen in life, that he was just a feel-good optimist, simply doesn’t know the man. Emerson’s optimism is so strong because it was fired in his grief.”  On this Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, we look at the relationship of grief and creativity.

What does it mean to be a people of blessing?


To Give a Blessing is to Say "Yes" to a Person's Belovedness

Rev. Clare Petersberger

The spiritual question for June is, “What does it mean to be a people of blessing?”  To answer this question in a way that speaks to theists, atheists, agnostics, and humanists alike, Henri Nouwen defined a blessing as an affirmation of another’s Belovedness.  He was not alone.  Dr. Norbert Capek created the Flower Ceremony for his congregation in Prague as a form of communion in which all could partake.  At the end of the formal church year, he invited members to bring a flower, from their garden, symbolic of themselves.  At the end of the ceremony, each member took home a flower brought by another.  In this way, through this ritual of blessing, the congregation affirmed the belovedness of every person. Today, we will explore the question, “What does it mean to be a people of blessing?” by welcoming new members who have joined us since January and by celebrating Dr. Capek’s Flower Ceremony.  Please bring a flower representing yourself.  You will take home a flower brought by another.