How can we find ways to build and sustain courage and commitment in these politically charged times?
Sunday Service, March 19 – 10:45 a.m., “Beyond Good Intentions: The Role that White People Must Play in the Work of Racial Justice” with Dr. Melanie Morrison
How can white people participate in movements led by people of color?
What has People’s Church done to advance pure and practical religion in the community? What lies ahead?
How might The Book of Esther in the Hebrew Scriptures inspire us to act with courage today?
Rev. Rachel will share the story of how the modern Gay Pride movement began.
On this Sunday, Rev. Rachel will answer your submitted questions.
Rev. Rachel will reflect on Sabbath practices, how holy rest is different than sloth, and what she has learned from her own Sabbath practice.
What wisdom does the virtue of ‘Prudence’ hold for us today?
We will explore the cause and effect relationship between life and its varied, mysterious, healing and poetic expression.
Rev. Rachel will explore the topic of envy.
On this Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend we will look back at the tidal wave of justice of the Civil Rights Movement.
What is life calling People’s Church to be?
At this service, there will be dancing, music, and ritual to rid ourselves of what we don’t want to carry with us into 2017.
Join us for a simple, intergenerational service where we will celebrate and share the joys of the holidays in story and music.
“Miss Jayne” is a one act play about how we might honor someone who has made a profound difference in our life.
In this intergenerational service, members and friends of our community will be acting out the fictional story of Duke Dwayne’s attempts to outlaw jellybeans (and other things).
Sunday Service, December 4 – 10:45 a.m., “The Time That Santa Slapped a Unitarian” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
At the First Council of Nicaea, Saint Nicholas slapped a Unitarian Christian priest. What might this story teach us today?
Rev. Dennis McCarty will explore with us “A Kinder, Gentler Atheism.”
Rev. Rachel will explore the sin of gluttony and the complicated relationships we have with our food.
With the election over, how do we look forward? Who is the world calling us to be?
As UUs, how do we show our commitment to respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person, no matter what, no exceptions?
How could we become as comfortable talking about money as we are talking about sex?
Rev. Rachel, members of the People’s Church Social Justice Coordinating Committee, and other church members will explore the virtue of justice.
Sunday Service, October 16 – 10:45 a.m., “Singing for Life: Singing of Lives” with Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout
The church can change a life with its one voice. Will we let it?
Sunday Service, October 9 – 10:45 a.m., “Institutions, Innocence, and Complicity” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
As we mark Indigenous People’s Day, Rev. Rachel will tell the story of a little-known piece of our denominational history.
Sunday Service, October 2 – 10:45 a.m., “The Care of Magical Creatures” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Diane Melvin
Let us celebrate and bless the animals in our lives and in our world! Please bring your well-behaved pets, pictures of beloved animals (living or dead), and/or your favorite stuffed animals.
Anger can eat us alive or fuel us to do good and important work in the world. How do we harness this powerful force?
As Unitarian Universalists, how do we hold answers lightly and live a faith without certainty?
Sunday Service, September 11 – 10:45 a.m., “Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
At this service we will dwell in that tension between saving and savoring this world. Please bring a small container of water from somewhere that is meaningful to you.
Church member, Dyrk Hamilton will offer information about a significant way in which he lives an aspect of his faith.
On this Sunday, we welcome those who attended this year’s General Assembly to talk about what it means to be a part of our wider UU tradition.
Tim Bartik will offer information about a significant way in which he lives an aspect of his faith.
Rev. Rachel will offer information about a significant way in which she lives an aspect of her faith.
Church member, Don Miller will offer information about a significant way in which he lives an aspect of his faith.
Rev. Rachel will offer information about a significant way in which she lives an aspect of her faith, and then open the floor for personal sharing about the topic.
Our presenter Lynetta Carnes will offer information about a significant way in which she lives an aspect of her faith, and then open the floor for personal sharing about the topic.
Presenter Ally Pye will offer information about a significant way in which she lives an aspect of her faith.
Faith Curtis will offer information about a significant way in which she lives an aspect of her faith.
Cybelle Shattuck will offer information about a significant way in which she lives an aspect of her faith.
For this year’s summer services our presenters will offer information about a significant way in which they live an aspect of their faith.
Sunday Service, June 19 – 10:45 a.m., “From Emptiness to Ecstasy: Fatherhood in Poems” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
To kick off our summer services, Rev. Rachel will lead us in lectio divina, a spiritual practice from the Benedictine tradition.
Sunday Service, June 12 – 10:45 a.m., “Flowers Have Come: A Flower Ceremony Service” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
At this intergenerational service, we will celebrate the beauty and impermanence of flowers—and each of us. Please bring a flower to share.
At this service incoming freshman will be bridged into the youth group while seniors will share some reflections on their experiences growing up at People’s Church.
On this Memorial Day Weekend, we remember those we have lost—in war and not in war, in our congregation and in the wider world.
We’ll explore how we might imbue our everyday tasks with spiritual grounding.
Come enjoy the sound of People’s own voices as we share heartfelt poetry together.
Sunday Service, May 8 – 10:45 a.m., “Our Whole Lives” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and O.W.L. Program Participants
Why does our church include comprehensive sexuality as a core part of religious education?
We’ll reflect upon reverence and where and how we come to know our highest values.
We will mark the holidays of Earth Day and Passover while we reflect on the idea of ‘promised land.’
Sunday Service, April 17 – 10:45 a.m., “Strong Is What We Make Each Other: An Intergenerational Service
This Sunday, we will explore the importance of living together in community through story, song—and a dance party.
This political primary season has brought into view a variety of prejudices that persist in our culture. As UUs, how are we called to respond?
Sunday Service, April 3 – 10:45 a.m., “The Nature of Truth: Then and Now” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Mr. Edwin Palmer
This Sunday we will hold a conversation between Rev. Rachel and Mr. Palmer on the nature of truth by using excerpts from a sermon made 61 years ago.
How might we practice resurrection?
What has People’s Church accomplished, and what lies ahead?
Can Unitarian Universalists believe anything?
Why do we need superheroes?
What opportunities does grief offer us?
Sunday Service, February 21 – 10:45 a.m., “Transformation Through Antiracism” with Dr. Charlae Davis and the ARAOMC Committee
What steps can People’s Church take to become an antiracist organization?
On this Valentine’s Day, how might we learn to love better and bring more love to our relationships and our world?
What can an 18th century religious revival teach us about the Super Bowl?
How do you heal a broken heart?
Sunday Service, January 24 – 10:45 a.m., “Finding Our Way Home: A Covenant of Risk for Today” with Nic Cable
We will explore a vision of our shared covenant today, a vision that faces the risk, the fear, the uncertainty of life, and offers a path for all of us to return home.
We will explore how Unitarian Universalists have been allies for racial justice in the Civil Rights era of the 1960s and the #BlackLivesMatter movement of today.
We will trace the history of the flaming chalice from its origins in the radical reformation through today as the official logo of our faith.
Sunday Service, January 3 – 10:45 a.m., “The Transient and Permanent in Unitarian Universalism” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
How might Unitarian Universalism need to change in order to serve our changing country?
We will hold a brief Sunday service, followed by a service project. Please bring in any old computers to donate to computer literacy training.
Christmas Eve Service, Thursday, December 24 – 6:00 p.m., with Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Rev. Duffy Peet
We will host our co-religionists from the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Southwest Michigan, to remember the stories of a 1914 truce and the stories of the first Christmas.
During this contemplative service we will mark the longest night of the year.
Sunday Service, December 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins: An Intergenerational Service”
Join us for this all-ages intergenerational service.
Come, enjoy a special service filled with seasonal songs and old favorites.
We will gather to ponder family and charity.
Sunday Service, November 22 – 10:45 a.m., “Finding Grace in a Broken World” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
How might we be receivers and creators of grace in this world?
Why do we tell the stories we tell and how might we harness the power of our stories to create a more promising future?
We will hear the story of New Jersey farmer, Thomas Potter in what has been called a Unitarian Universalist miracle story.
How do we live in times of impending crisis, without being in despair or in denial?
What does the declaration of “the end of religion” mean for spiritual communities in the 21st century?
Submit questions to Rev. Rachel, who will answer as many as she can during the time usually set aside for the sermon.
We will explore our obligations to the children within our community and in the the wider world.
Why do bad things happen to good people, particularly us?
Rev. Rachel will share a story about her time in Syria, and reflect on how we might engage the spiritual practice of hospitality in our lives and in our congregation.
We’ll explore an address Ralph Waldo Emerson made to Harvard Divinity School in 1838 and what challenge it might hold for contemporary Unitarian Universalists.
Sunday Service, September 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Joining of Waters; Joining Together” with Rev. Rachel Lonberg
All are invited to bring water from a special place. We’ll join our waters together in a common bowl, as we all join together to form this church community.
What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
What does it mean for us, as Unitarian Universalists, when our heroes reveal their flaws? Rev. Rachel will be with us to discuss.
Lynetta Carnes will help us explore the way choices, perceptions and relationships may be changed or better understood by using intuition to “feel” into situations rather than simply “analyzing” them.
Rev. Rachel will share a vision for worship at People’s Church.
With our heads already so full of thoughts, how is “mindfulness” going to help?
How do we keep our balance in difficult times?
Gay Walker will share slides of her art therapy works made though grieving the loss of her parents.
Guest speaker, Jane Vernon, will guide us through the ways of the labyrinth.
How can we both live in right relations, and yet achieve what is needed in individual and collective economic success?
Being honest doesn’t always mean telling the truth. What makes the difference?
What motivates human beings to want new experiences?
Our first Summer Service will begin with special recognition of Father’s Day.
With Rev. Dave Johnson
On Rev. Dave’s final Sunday in the pulpit at People’s Church, he’ll offer a personal spin on salvation. Please bring a flower.
With Diane Melvin, Ben Miller and Religious Education Youth
This service, planned and led by our youth, is designed to honor and acknowledge important transitions.
With Rev. Dave Johnson
The spandrels of the San Marco cathedral (in Venice) will serve as the iconography for some reflections on waste, and grace.
With the Green Sanctuary Committee
The Green Sanctuary Committee will describe projects that have been undertaken to help the church be more environmentally sustainable.
With Diane Melvin and Religious Education Youth
Join us as we affirm and celebrate our youth and their annual rite of passage.