Sunday Service, October 25 – 10:45 a.m., “Loving through a Pandemic: Stories from the AIDS Crisis” Tim Kieffer & Rev. Rachel Lonberg
Rev. Rachel and People’s people will share powerful stories about living, loving, and dying with integrity from the AIDS crisis years.
Rev. Dr. Florence Buck heard her call to ministry at People’s Church in the 1890s. How are her messages relevant for us today?
Sunday Service, October 11 – 10:45 a.m., “Animal Blessing Service” Diane Melvin, Rev. Rachel Lonberg
Please send photos of your pets to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the names of all people and animals in the photo.
What do UU principles have to teach us about policing and public safety in this moment?
What is spiritual resilience and what benefits can it offer us in difficult times?
On this Sunday closest to the Fall Equinox, we will will reflect on the lessons of nature and our ancestors for the season ahead.
As our program year begins, how might we be a refuge and source of strength for each other in these challenging times? Be sure to drop off your water at church this week!
In our final service in the summer format, we will explore various expressions of our connection with Creation and the Cosmos.
In this service, Rev. Rachel will share some of the tools and strategies she is using to manage and move through the difficult emotions of this time.
Laura MacLellan and Mary Spradling will discuss their relationships to social justice.
Savannah will lead this Sunday’s service.
Elizabeth Warner will lead this Sunday’s discussion by talking about “Hope in Today’s World.”
Send your questions about life or UUism to Rev. Rachel this week.
Hilary Hunt leads this Sunday discussion by talking about resilience.
In the age of climate change, what changes are needed for our neighborhoods to thrive?
For the first of our Summer Sunday Services on the theme of “We’re all in this together,” Gay Walker will present reflections on the five senses.
Sunday Service, June 14 – 10:45 a.m., “Seeds of Hope: A (modified) Flower Service” Rev. Rachel Lonberg
Join us for a unique version of our Flower Service.
Sunday Service, March 8 – 10:45 a.m., “Accepting Ourselves and Each Other” People’s Youth with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
How can we better achieve acceptance of one another and encourage spiritual growth in our congregations?
Sunday Service, March 1 – 10:45 a.m., “Growing Beloved Community: Stewardship Sunday” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
Rev. Rachel will tell the story of an unlikely birthday gift that has led her to think about generosity in a new way.
Sunday Service, February 23 – 10:45 a.m., “The Inter-dependent Web: Our Connection to Self, Life & Others Through Poetry”
Our annual Poetry Service will explore themes of connection and the human experience.
How are we called to confront the powers and structures of evil with love today?
What does it mean to be the beloved community?
What does it mean for the joyous to be shielded?
We will explore author Bryan Stevenson’s 4 Steps to making change.
What spiritual sayings have meaning for you?
Sunday Service, December 1 – 10:45 a.m., “Lessons Learned from The Losers’ Club” with Rev. Kevin DeBeck
How does the plot in the movie “It: Chapter 2” relate to what’s happening in our society today?
How can Unitarian Universalism help us connect spiritually with what we have learned intellectually?
Sunday Service, November 17 – 10:45 a.m., “Our Power, Our Future” Rev. Rachel Lonberg & People’s People
How are we both as individuals and a faith community called to respond to the reality of climate change?
Sunday Service, November 10 – 10:45 a.m., “Belonging to Self, Belonging to All – Living a Life of Integrity” Revs. Seth and Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd
What does it mean to belong to yourself?
How much forward progress is enough?
How do we reconcile our affirmation of everyone’s inherent worth with the reality of human cruelty?
Sunday Service, October 20 – 10:45 a.m., “Animal Blessing Service” Diane Melvin & Rev. Rachel Lonberg
In this intergenerational service, we will celebrate the joy that animals bring to our lives.
How do we reconcile our religious beliefs with the demands of the economy?
How do we make peace with the risks of life?
What do UU teachings say about abortion, sexuality, justice, and autonomy?
Sunday Service, September 22 – 10:45 a.m., “When Despair for the World Grows in Me…” Rev. Rachel Lonberg
How do we cope when we’re overwhelmed by a feeling of existential dread?
How do we live our deepest values and be our most authentic selves?
Sunday Service, September 8 – 10:45 a.m., “Joining of Waters Ingathering Service” Rev. Rachel Lonberg
Please bring a small container of water from somewhere important to you to pour into our collective bowl.
On this final service of the program year, we will participate in the flower ritual created by Rev. Norbert Čapek.
Our young people will share ‘senior statements’ about their journey and what this church has meant to them.
At this annual service, we will remember those who have died in war and military service and other loved ones we have lost.
What significance does the Pentecost have for Unitarian Universalists?
Bring your voice and join the chorus at our upcoming service dedicated to music!
This Sunday, bring your most powerful, challenging questions about life, truth, ethics, integrity, and Unitarian Universalism.
Sunday Service, April 28 – 10:45 a.m., “How Might We Live and Love in the Anthropocene?” with Donna McClurkan and Rev. Rachel Lonberg
How do we navigate the spiritual and tactical challenges of climate change?
Sunday Service, April 21 – 10:45 a.m., “Love Your Neighbor: An Intergenerational Service” with Diane Melvin and Rev. Rachel Lonberg
We’ll explore the wisdom of two prophets—Jesus and Mr. Rogers.
What are the downsides of innocence?
Come experience the poetry written by People’s people.
Sunday Service, March 31 – 10:45 a.m., “How Perfect Can We Get?” with Rev. John Marsh and Rev. Rachel Lonberg
Why is William Ellery Channing’s Baltimore sermon worth remembering?
Sunday Service, March 24 – 10:45 a.m., “The Confusion of Empathy with Ethics” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
How can we all live with the tension between empathy and ethics in our lives?
On this Stewardship Sunday, we will celebrate all the ways we have expanded the circle of love and care.
Sunday Service, March 3 – 10:45 a.m., “The Difference Between Fairness and Justice” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
We will discuss “The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.”
Sunday Service, February 10 – 10:45 a.m., “Trans Identity and Being Better Allies” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Cylise Snow
In this service, Cylise Snow will share parts of their story of being trans and nonbinary.
People’s people will share reflections on how to live a life with justice at its center.
What practices can help us cope when life feels too fast, too hard or too much?
What does it mean to be a beloved community?
We will explore why it might be worthwhile for UUs to turn or return to the Bible as a source of wisdom.
We will hold our annual flower service. Please bring a flower to church.
Our high school seniors will share their reflections on what growing up at People’s Church has meant to them.
Our 8th and 9th grade Coming of Age class will be leading this Sunday service.
Kevin DeBeck will show some of Dr. Seuss’s work to illustrate why the term “America First” is as dangerous today as it was 70 years ago.
We will explore why Unitarian Universalism may be more needed now than ever.
Sunday Service, April 22 – 10:45 a.m., “Gluscabi and the Animals” Earth Day Intergenerational Service
Enjoy the story of Gluscabi as he and grandmother muskrat demonstrate how to live in balance and harmony with our mother earth.
Bring your ears and your voice to our interactive spring music service.
We will explore how the heartbreak calls us into community and into action.
On this Easter Sunday, we will celebrate new life and resurrection through readings and song.
Our annual Poetry Service will explore the bond of human experience through spoken and written word.
Sunday Service, March 18 – 10:45 a.m., “Keep on Moving Forward” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and People’s people
Rev. Rachel and People’s people will reflect on the great things happening at People’s Church.
In this service, we will explore Persian Muslim mystic poets and the mystic approach to religious knowing.
Sunday Service, March 4 – 10:45 a.m., “Submission and Surrender as Spiritual Practices” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
The word ‘Islam’ literally means ‘submission’ or ‘surrender.’ What might we learn from engaging with these ideas?
Sunday Service, February 25 – 10:45 a.m., “Stay Woke” with the Social Justice Coordinating Committee and Rev. Rachel Lonberg
People’s people will share what they do to stay woke, stay present, and stay engaged.
How can men join the #MeToo conversation as allies?
Sunday Service, February 11 – 10:45 a.m., “The Pleasures of a Fish and Other Stories” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
We will explore stories from The Zhuangzi, one of the core texts of Taoism.
We’ll explore how we might incorporate the wisdom of water, spontaneity, and flow into our lives.
Bring you questions and Rev. Rachel will do her best to answer them on-the-spot during the service.
Sunday Service, January 21 – 10:45 a.m., “Is There Laughter on the Other Side of the Mountain?” with Rev. Fred Campbell
Rev. Fred Campbell will share a sermon based on Isaac’s trip to the sacred mountain.
This Sunday, we will celebrate this edict, which granted religious freedom to Catholics, Lutherans, Calvinists and Unitarians.
At this turning of the year, we will explore how we might move forward into a brighter year.
Sunday Service, December 31 – 10:45 a.m., “Burning the Old Year: An Intergenerational Service” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
We will gather together to reflect on our learnings from the year.
We will mark the winter solstice with song, story, ritual, and reflection.
We will discuss Jesus’s parable about The Good Samaritan.
Music selections will include holiday favorites and other pieces that capture the aspirations of the season.
Sunday Service, December 3 – 10:45 a.m., “The Trees of the Dancing Goats: An Intergenerational Service”
For this service, all are invited to be in The Commons for the whole service.
Korea is the most Confucian culture in the world. How has its history manifested in its current approach to world affairs?
What can Confucianism teach us about relationships?
Sunday Service, November 12 – 10:45 a.m., “Learning as a Spiritual Practice” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
How can the emphasis of learning found in Confucianism spur on moral development?
If you could design a worship service from scratch, what might it look like?
Sunday Service, October 29 – 10:45 a.m., “Living Into Different Ways of Being” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Members of the ARAOMC Committee
How might we better live into our values of love, justice, and respect for the inherent worth of all people?
How do we distinguish between what is true and the experiences, language, teachers, and texts that help us learn what is true?
Rev. Dannison is the Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church and is a fierce advocate of social justice and benevolent localism.
Director of Religious Education Diane Melvin will share how the daily religious practice of meditation and Lojong has been transformative in her life.
Sunday Service, October 1 – 10:45 a.m., Blessing of the Animals with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Diane Melvin
Let us celebrate and bless the animals in our lives and in our world.
Rev. Rachel will share the story of Arjuna from The Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Hindu text.
Sunday Service, September 17 – 10:45 a.m., “The Spiritual Adventure of Aging” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
What wisdom does Hinduism hold for us about aging?
Please bring a small container of water to join together in this intergenerational service.
Sunday Service, June 11 – 10:45 a.m., “Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way: A Flower Service” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
Please bring a flower to share at this intergenerational service.
Sunday Service, June 4 – 10:45 a.m., “Branching Out: A Youth Bridging Service” with People’s Church Youth
People’s Church youth will reflect on their spiritual journeys and what People’s Church has meant to them.
In our annual Memorial Day observance, we remember those who we have lost.
What might the practice of democracy in our congregation have to teach us about democratic process in our wider society?