Upcoming Worship Services

SOUL MATTERS QUESTION FOR NOVEMBER:

What does it mean to be a people of attention?

November 3 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM - Rev. Clare L. Petersberger: Listening For Your Word

Our spiritual question for November is, “What does it mean to be a people of attention?”  In many religious traditions, a spiritual practice to focus attention is “prayer.”  Unitarian Universalists have a pamphlet on prayer.  It includes the theologian, Reinhold Neibuhr’s observation: “Prayer does not change things; prayer changes people,  and people change things…. Prayer is not hearing voices, prayer is acquiring a voice.”  Today we explore different Unitarian Universalist understandings of prayer. 

November 10 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM - Rev. Clare L. Petersberger: How To Grow The Good In Your Brain

In the 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping, we are becoming.”  In the 21st century, research on experience-dependent neuroplasticity is confirming Emerson’s observation that our experiences and “what dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives.”  What implications does this have for our spiritual lives?

November 17 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM - Rev. Clare L. Petersberger: Paying Attention

Lisel Mueller begins one of her poems, “Bertolt Brecht lamented that he lived in an age when it was almost a crime to talk about trees, because that meant being silent about so much evil.”  How do we balance the need to talk about both trees AND evil?  How do we stay present to what’s happening in the world AND cultivate hope?

November 24 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM - Karyn Marsh, Lay Worship Associate: What will be your legacy?

The turning of the seasons always demands our attention, and autumn in particular seems to invite reflection not only upon the past year, but also mortality, perhaps because we know we will all be ancestors someday in the ever turning wheel of life. Yom Kippur, Halloween, Thanksgiving Day, and since 1999, Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 are just a few examples of cultural attention to death and remembrance at this time of year. In today’s service, seminarian and Lay Worship Associate Karyn Marsh will explore the question of collective and individual legacy while leading a ritual of remembrance of our physical and spiritual ancestors and their legacies. Please feel free to bring items to commemorate your loved ones.

December 1 - ONE SERVICE @ 10:30 AM - Rev. Clare L. Petersberger and Music by Spice Kleinmann: The Subject Worth Our Attention

The poet, Mary Oliver, said there was only one subject worth her attention.  On this Sunday following Thanksgiving, as we conclude our exploration of what it means to be a people of attention and turn toward what it means to be a people of awe, we celebrate the one subject Mary Oliver found worth her attention.  Perhaps it will be the one subject worth your own attention.