Upcoming Worship Services

Spiritual question:  What Does It Mean To Be A People Of Sanctuary?

October 7 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM

Rev. Clare Petersberger, Lora Powell-Haney: A Tale of Two Journeys

Our spiritual question, this month, is “What does it mean to be a people of sanctuary?”  Often, we think of sanctuary in terms of a safe place. Today we explore different journeys of people who left home and what they were seeking.  For what would we leave our home?  What would we hope to find?

October 14 -9:30 AM and 11:15 AM

Rev. Clare Petersberger, Angela Castillo-Epps, Duane Epps, Jr.: Sanctuary, Not Just Shelter

A poem by Robert Williams reminds us of the inequities that people of color still face. One is access to affordable, safe housing and access to the supports needed to sustain housing. Often when we hear the word sanctuary we think of a safe space like “home.” What might sanctuary mean to individuals and families without a home?  When we encounter the universal human need for sanctuary, not just for shelter, how do we practice our first Unitarian Universalist principle affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every person?

October 21 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM

Emily Tarsell, Rev. Clare Petersberger: The Wound Is Where The Light Enters You

A decade ago, Emily Tarsell’s daughter, Christina, who was a beloved member of the TUUC Youth Group, died unexpectedly and mysteriously while at Bard College.  Emily feels that the deep wounds of her loss and her ensuing enlightenment are aptly expressed in Rumi’s quote, “The wound is where the light enters you.” In a mission to understand what happened to Chris, Emily began a journey which led to unexpected, life-changing discoveries. This morning, she will share highlights from her journey and her subsequent pursuit of justice for Christina in Vaccine Court (which ended in a ruling that Gardasil was the cause of Chris’s death); and her ongoing advocacy to protect others through the medical ethics principle of informed consent. 

October 28 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM

Andrew Hager, Lay Pastoral Associates: Sometimes You Find People in That Darkness

Stephen King once noted, “Alone. Yes, that’s the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue.” Small wonder, then, that many of his most famous works feature individuals from the fringes of society banding together for protection or joining forces to change the world. This Sunday, Lay Worship Associate Andrew Hager considers Sanctuary as a facet of stewardship. Join us as we explore the ways we can and should provide sanctuary to each other, delivered with some Halloween flavor!