Upcoming Worship Services
What does it mean to be a people of expectation?
September 1 - Water Communion - 10:30 AM - Rev. Clare L. Petersberger: Lie Back And The Sea Will Hold You
The first lesson the poet Philip Booth taught his daughter was instructions he gave her in water. He encouraged her to lie back, allow his hands to cup her head, and promised that he would hold her. Were you taught this as a first lesson? Did someone model for you letting go of assumptions and fears and opening yourself to new experiences with the expectation that something or someone would hold you? Or were you taught to expect the seas of life to be stormy and to always carry your own life preserver? Or did you see others letting life’s currents carry them with the expectation that, ultimately, all would be well? Today you are invited to bring water symbolizing the first lessons you were taught. In this intergenerational worship service, we will pool our waters as we reflect on some first lessons for the church year.
September 8 - 10:30 AM - Rev. Clare L. Petersberger: The Tide Is Rising And So Are We
At the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in June, The Rev. Lindi Ramsden preached the sermon in the Service of The Living Tradition. She showed a clip of 15-year-old Greta Thunberg telling the United Nations: “ Adults keep saying: ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope.’ But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act like your house is on fire because it is.” Rev. Lindi then went on to lift up ways we could take action. One action is coming up in 12 days. It is a global climate strike. And it’s being organized by youth from around the world. This intergenerational service will reflect their expectations and our own.
September 15 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM - Rev. Clare L. Petersberger: After The Good News
In her recent book, After The Good News, The Reverend Nancy McDonald Ladd contrasts the expectation of liberal religion in the 20th century---that we humans would continue to progress in our calling to create heaven on earth---with the reality liberal religion faces in the 21st century: systemic racism, mass shooting after mass shooting in the United States, a return to a time when abortion and birth control were unavailable to women, rolling back protections for civil rights and voting rights, the climate crisis….What does liberal religion authentically offer when our expectations are dashed and hope is hard to find?
September 22 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM - Social Action Committee: SOCIAL ACTION SUNDAY: Plant a Seed and Expect….
If you want happiness for an hour—take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day—go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month—get married.
If you want happiness for a year—inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime—help others.
Today, TUUC Social Action Committee members will share stories of their experiences volunteering, many in programs supported by us at TUUC. See if there's anything that might bring you happiness.
We will be available in the lobby to answer questions after the service.
September 29 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM - Rev. Clare L. Petersberger: Expectations of Faith
Tonight, in Judaism, Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, is being celebrated. In ten days, Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement will be celebrated. There are expectations of the faithful during the next ten days. What does our Unitarian Universalist faith tradition expect of us?