Upcoming Worship Services
SOUL MATTERS QUESTION FOR OCTOBER:
What does it mean to be a people of belonging?
October 6 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM - Rev. Clare L. Petersberger: True Belonging
When you hear the word “belonging” what comes to mind? Do you see a group: a family, a classroom, a church foyer filled with people? When you hear the word “belonging” what feelings arise in your body: warm feelings of being “a part of” a group or sad feelings of disconnection and loneliness? Today we explore what belonging means from John O’Donohue’s observation that the word “belonging” contains the ideas of “being” and “longing” to Bene Brown’s research that belonging has nothing to do with changing who you are and everything to do with being you who you are.
October 13 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM - Rev. Clare L. Petersberger and Joyce Duncan: Welcoming and Belonging
Since October is LGBTQ history month, and Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, this seems a good time to ask, “What does it mean to be a welcoming congregation in 2019?” What does it mean to be a sanctuary for our whole selves? What would it mean, in the words of Zr. Alex Kapitan, a lay community minister, “That in this space there was nothing about you that could make people reverse their welcome or reject you from the circle of belonging...?”
October 20 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM - Lay Worship Associate, Andrew Hager: I’ll Stand by You
We all go through times of struggle, times of peace, and times of joy. Our covenant to one another is that we’ll be there for each other through every phase of life’s journey. This week, Lay Worship Associate Andrew Hager discusses what it really means to stand by each other and to stand by TUUC.
October 27 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM - Rev. Clare L. Petersberger: Whose Are We?
The Quaker teacher, Douglas Steer writes, ““The ancient question, ‘Who am I?’ inevitably leads to a deeper one: ‘Whose am I?’ – because there is no identity outside of relationship. You cannot be a person by yourself. To ask “Whose am I” is to extend the question far beyond the little self-absorbed self, and wonder…With whose life is your own bound up, inextricably, in obvious or invisible ways?” This morning we ask what it means to be a people of belonging in relationship to ancestors with whom our lives are still bound up in invisible ways.