Sunday Service, May 22 – “Annual Meeting”

  In lieu of our normal Sunday Service, on May 22, 2022, we held our Annual Congregational Meeting. The agenda included passing a church budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and electing new leaders to the board of trustees and the nominating committee.

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Sunday Service, May 15, “Bring Your Questions” Rev. Rachel

It is a day for questions at People’s Church (but isn’t every day a day for questions?) Bring your questions about meaning, ethics, integrity, and Unitarian Universalism.

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Sunday Service, May 8 – “Music Service”

Come, sing a song with us! Join People’s musicians at our Spring music service!

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Sunday Service, May 1, “Creeds and Covenants” Rev. Rachel

Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal faith. We are bound together by our promises to each other – our covenants – rather than our beliefs. Yet, some pieces of our covenants, like the UU principles, come very close to statements of belief. In this service, Rev. Rachel explores history and current practices of covenants and creeds.

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Sunday Service, April 24, “Navigating Conflict” Rev. Rachel and the Dismantling Racism Steering Team

Doing challenging work that matters, whether that is dismantling racism or something else, often leads to conflict and moments of ‘creative friction.’ How do we live with integrity in these moments? In this service, Rev. Rachel, the Dismantling Racism Steering Team, and other People’s people shared some of what they have learned about navigating conflict.

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Sunday Service, April 17, “Love Letters to the Earth” Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Diane Melvin, Director of Religious Education

We celebrated Earth Day with an intergenerational service inspired by Love Letters to the Earth by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. This service included letters of love and advocacy, meditation, and activities on the church grounds.

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Sunday Service, April 10, “Radical Belonging” Rev. Jill McAllister, People’s Church minister emerita

In this service we’ll consider “radical belonging”, in which radical means getting to the root or the foundation, and belonging means an emotional experience of being connected and accepted, at the very least.

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Sunday Service, April 3, “A Declaration of Interdependence” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Rev. Rachel Lonberg will preach on the interdependent web of all existence.

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Sunday Service, March 27, “Woven in a Single Garment of Destiny” Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray preaches on the reality of interdependence.

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Sunday Service, March 20 – 10:45 a.m., “The History and Future of Housing in Kalamazoo” Social Justice Coordinating Committee and Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Rev. Rachel preaches on the history and current status of housing in Kalamazoo.

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Sunday Service, March 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Weaving Us Together: The Stewardship Service” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Rev. Rachel will preach on how church is like weaving, and on the beauty and goodness we have created this year.

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Sunday Service, March 6 – 10:45 a.m., “The Faith of Theists” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We conclude our series on ‘The Four Faiths’ with a service devoted to the faith of theists.

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Congregational Meeting, February 27 – 10:45 a.m., The Board of Trustees

During the service time, we hold a special congregational meeting to affirm the votes of the last three congregational meetings, and adopt new bylaws.

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Sunday Service, February 20 – 10:45 a.m., “The Faith of Naturalists” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We will devote this service to the Faith of religious naturalists.

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Sunday Service, February 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Building a New Way” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What does it mean to be a church community now, nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic?

Sunday Service, February 6 – 10:45 a.m., “Remember the Sabbath Day” Rabbi Simone Shicker

In this service, Rabbi Simone takes us on a deep dive into both the tradition of remembering, honoring, and observing the Sabbath day.

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Sunday Service, January 30 – 10:45 a.m., “Cultivating Embodied Resilience in Trying Times” E Simon Wolff

During this service, E will facilitate an accessible somatic (body-based) practice to help resource our bodies, minds, and spirits.

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Sunday Service, January 23 – 10:45 a.m., “The Faith of Mystics” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this service we celebrate mysticism and the gifts—and challenges—that it provides us all as we seek to live with integrity.

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Sunday Service, January 16 – 10:45 a.m., “Remembering Bayard Rustin” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, we remember the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin.

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Sunday Service, January 9 – 10:45 a.m., “The Faith of Humanists” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this service, we celebrate humanism and the gifts—and challenges—it provides us all as we seek to live with integrity.

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Sunday Service, January 2 – 10:45 a.m., “Fire Service” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this intergenerational service, we mark the end of 2021.

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Sunday Service, December 26 – 10:45 a.m., “Christmas Favorites” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What if you opened a Christmas present and what you found inside was a hymn, a story, or a joys and sorrows ritual?

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Sunday Service, December 19 – 11:00 a.m., “Honoring the Solstice; Entering the Quiet Darkness of Winter” Rev. Colleen Squires

Rev. Colleen Squires leads this service.

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Sunday Service, December 12 – 10:45 a.m., “Music Service” People’s Singers & Musicians

Our winter music service.

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Sunday Service, December 5 – 10:45 a.m., “Healthy Conflict” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How do we coexist with people with whom we share differences that can’t be reconciled?

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Sunday Service, November 28 – 10:45 a.m., “Worthy Now”

We will explore what it means to live out our commitment to ‘the inherent worth and dignity of every person’.

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Sunday Service, November 21 – 10:45 a.m., “A Celebration of Cozy” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

This worship will be devoted to all things cozy and comforting.

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Sunday Service, November 14 – 10:45 a.m., “Paying Attention” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We reflect on how to cultivate a practice of attention.

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Sunday Service, October 31 – 10:45 a.m., “The Masks We Wear” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How do we hide our true selves from each other?

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Sunday Service, October 24 – 10:30 a.m., “Who Am I, Really?” Thomas Raffel

We will join BUC over Zoom at an earlier time for this Sunday service.

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Sunday Service, October 17 – 10:45 a.m., “A Church that Survives and Thrives” Laura MacLellan, Rev. Rachel Lonberg, and others

What are some of the challenges People’s Church has faced?

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Sunday Service, October 10 – 10:45 a.m., “The Flaming Chalice: A History” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How did the flaming chalice become the symbol of Unitarian Universalism?

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Sunday Service, October 3 – 7:00 p.m., “Animal Blessing Service” Diane Melvin & Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Today’s in-person service is cancelled due to weather. Please join us tonight over Zoom.

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Sunday Service, September 26 – 10:45 a.m. & 7:00 p.m., “(Re)Connections” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this service, we explore ways to connect and reconnect with each other.

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Sunday Service, September 19 – 10:45 a.m. & 7:00 p.m., “Moving through Hard Emotions” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this service, we will see the gifts of hard emotions and explore ways to move through them.

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Sunday Service, September 12 – 10:45 a.m. & 7:00 p.m., “Peace Like a River: Water Service” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We will gather our waters and selves together—physically and virtually—for the beginning of our program year.

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Sunday Service, September 5 – 10:45 a.m., “Adjusting to the Pandemic: The Friendship Village Experience” Martha Beverly, Joann Dodson, & Jean Bright

People’s people share their reflections on how COVID has impacted them, and what brings them hope.

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Sunday Service, August 29 – 10:45 a.m., “ Pandemic Story Playlist” Laura Bultman

Children’s librarian, Laura Bultman shares stories that have given her joy in this anxious time.

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Sunday Service, August 22 – 10:45 a.m., “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Hope”  Donna McClurkan

Donna McClurkan helps us explore the spaces in between hope and despair.

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Sunday Service, August 15 – 10:45 a.m., ‘“Right Speech” and Having Nothing to Say’ Megan Reynolds

Megan Reynolds speaks about equanimity and about the choices we make when we speak.

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Sunday Service, August 8 – 10:45 a.m., “Cultivating a Kinder Quality of Attention” Gwen Abney-Cunningham

Gwen Abney-Cunningham speaks about loving kindness and leads the congregation in a loving kindness practice.

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Sunday Service, August 1 – 10:45 a.m., “Wisdom from Unlikely Sources” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this service, Rev. Rachel will share some truths she has learned from some unlikely sources.

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Sunday Service, July 25 – 10:45 a.m., “How an Archaeologist Found Balance at People’s Church” Michael Nassaney

Michael Nassaney shares how People’s Church helped him to find more balance in his life.

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Sunday Service, July 18 – 10:45 a.m., “The Future of Relationships” Rebekah Sharp

OB-GYN Rebekah Sharp addresses COVID from the perspective of relationships and the biology of connection.

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Sunday Service, July 11 – 10:45 a.m., “Choose to Lead a Life That Matters” Julia Kirkwood

Julia Kirkwood speaks about what it means to lead a life that matters.

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Sunday Service, July 4 – 10:45 a.m., “A Review of the Church Year and Future Plans” Steve Ferguson

Outgoing Board President, Steve Ferguson gives a recap on the past church year, and asks about the future.

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Sunday Service, June 27 – 10:45 a.m., “Love Your Enemies?!!” David Isaacson

David Isaacson shares thoughts on the difficulty of loving one’s enemies.

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Sunday Service, June 20 – 10:45 a.m., “Decolonizing Conservation” Hilary Hunt

What would decolonization look like in your life?

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Sunday Service, June 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Each of Us as an Artist: A Virtual Flower Service” Chris Measzros

In this service, Chris Measzros encourages us to find our inner artist.

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Sunday Service, June 6 – 10:45 a.m., “Youth Bridging Service”

Join us as we honor this rite of passage in the lives of our high school seniors.

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Sunday Service, May 30 – 10:45 a.m., “Becoming Love” Rev. Barrett Lee

Rev. Barrett Lee will lead this Memorial Day service.

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Sunday Service, May 23 – 10:45 a.m., “The Building of the Beloved Community” Charlae Davis

Charlae Davis speaks about the importance of Building the Beloved Community.

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Sunday Service, May 16 – 10:45 a.m., “A Journalist’s Lifelong Search for Truth” Julie Mack

Journalist Julie Mack will speak about searching for truth.

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Sunday Service, May 9 – 10:45 a.m., “Praise for Mother Earth” People’s Singers

People’s musicians and singers celebrate the earth in song.

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Sunday Service, May 2 – 10:45 a.m., “Life as Pilgrimage: A View from Celtic Spirituality” David Moffett-Moore

David Moffett-Moore will share characteristics of Celtic spirituality with a focus on pilgrimage.

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Sunday Service, April 25 – 10:45 a.m., “Bal Tashchit: Do Not Destroy” Rabbi Simone Schicker

Rabbi Schicker will share stories and thoughts about humans’ relationship to the earth.

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Sunday Service, April 18 – 10:45 a.m., “Nature as Refuge: Pilgrimage to Our Own Backyards”

We will reflect on the ways that nature has helped us get through the pandemic year.

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Sunday Service, April 11 – 10:45 a.m., “Happiness, etc.” Don Miller

Don Miller will share his thoughts on happiness.

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Sunday Service, April 4 – 10:45 a.m., “People’s Poetry Service”

The Equinox is this year’s theme for People’s Poetry service.

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Sunday Service, March 28 – 10:45 a.m., “A New Normal” Dr. Randy Partain

We welcome UU minister Dr. Randy Pertain.

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Sunday Service, March 21 – 10:45 a.m., “Daily Practice: Reflections on Turning” Rev. Jill McAllister

Minister Emerita of People’s Church, Rev. Jill McAllister will join us.

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Sunday Service, March 14 – 10:45 a.m., “Glimpsing the Sacred” Rev. Alex Jensen

We’ll explore Beloved Community and the glimpses we have in the here and now of the world we dream to create together.

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Sunday Service, March 7 – 10:45 a.m., “Stewardship Sunday” Rev. Dennis McCarty

What’s antidisistablishmentarianism and why should we care?

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Sunday Service, February 28 – 10:45 a.m., “Building Beloved Community for Collective Liberation” Rev. Shelly Thompson

Rev. Thompson will speak on Building the Beloved Community.

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Sunday Service, February 21 – 10:45 a.m., “Hope is Our Superpower” Social Justice Coordinating Committee

Members of the social justice coordinating committee share music, poetry, and reflections about what keeps them motivated to do the work of justice.

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Sunday Service, February 14 – 10:45 a.m., “Goodbye (for now)” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In her final service before sabbatical, Rev. Rachel shares her (modest) plans for her time away.

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Sunday Service, February 7 – 10:45 a.m., “11 Months In…” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What have we learned in these last 11 months since the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives?

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Sunday Service, January 31 – 10:45 a.m., “On Hospitality and Microaggressions” Rev. Rachel Lonberg and the Dismantling Racism Team

How can we be more welcoming to people of all identities in our church and in our lives?

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Sunday Service, January 24 – 10:45 a.m., “Physics is Good Theology” J. Barrett Lee

Do things happen for a reason or not?

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Sunday Service, January 17 – 10:45 a.m., “Of the People, By the People, for the People” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What is congregational polity?

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Sunday Service, January 10 – 10:45 a.m., “Remembrance and Reparations” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this service, we will tell the story of the 1921 Tulsa massacre – and of UUs efforts at reparations.

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Sunday Service, January 3 – 10:45 a.m., “Every Body is A Good Body” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Let’s celebrate our bodies, just as they are, in all their shapes, sizes and capabilities.

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Sunday Service, December 27 – 10:45 a.m., “Burning the Old Year” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We will mark the end of 2020 with rituals to let go of what we do not want to take with us into the coming year.

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, December 24 – 7:00 p.m.

We will explore waiting as a spiritual practice and how love is born and reborn in the unlikeliest circumstances.

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Sunday Service, December 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Hard, Brave Conversations” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How do we have difficult conversations with people we care for about politics and our values?

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Sunday Service, December 6 – 10:45 a.m., “Music Service” Savannah Ramsey

Come join People’s musicians and singers as we celebrate the Solstice in song.

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Sunday Service, November 22 – 10:45 a.m., “Honorable Harvest” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Rev. Rachel will lift up Native American wisdom about harvest, including the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address.

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Sunday Service, November 15 – 10:45 a.m., “Depression: The Flaw in Love” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We will reflect on depression and offer wisdom for navigating it as we navigate COVID.

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Sunday Service, November 8 – 10:45 a.m., “Now What?” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this post-election sermon, Rev. Rachel will reflect on the outcome of the election and on the work ahead for all of us.

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Sunday Service, November 1 – 10:45 a.m., “How to Use for Good Our Power” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How do we use our power well to create the Beloved Community?

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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.

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Sunday Service, October 18 – 10:45 a.m., “Bucking the Patriarchy” Rev. Denise Cawley

Rev. Dr. Florence Buck heard her call to ministry at People’s Church in the 1890s. How are her messages relevant for us today?

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Sunday Service, October 11 – 10:45 a.m., “Animal Blessing Service” Diane Melvin, Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Please send photos of your pets to sarahkzoo2@gmail.com. Please include the names of all people and animals in the photo.

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Sunday Service, October 4 – 10:45 a.m., “On Policing” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What do UU principles have to teach us about policing and public safety in this moment?

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Sunday Service, September 27 – 10:45 a.m., “Cultivating Spiritual Resilience” Diane Melvin

What is spiritual resilience and what benefits can it offer us in difficult times?

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Sunday Service, September 20 – 10:45 a.m., “Slowing Down and Storing Up” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

On this Sunday closest to the Fall Equinox, we will will reflect on the lessons of nature and our ancestors for the season ahead.

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Sunday Service, September 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Refuge: A Water Service” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

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!

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Sunday Service, September 6 – 10:45 a.m., “Cosmic Connection” Rev. Dr. David Moffett-Moore

In our final service in the summer format, we will explore various expressions of our connection with Creation and the Cosmos. 

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Sunday Service, August 30 – 10:45 a.m., “Anger, Anguish, Anxiety” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

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.

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Sunday Service, August 23 – 10:45 a.m., “The Fire of Commitment” Laura MacLellan & Mary Spradling

Laura MacLellan and Mary Spradling will discuss their relationships to social justice.

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Sunday Service, August 16 – 10:45 a.m., “Strength in (Virtual) Numbers” Savannah Ramsey

Savannah will lead this Sunday’s service.

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Sunday Service, August 2 – 10:45 a.m., “Hope” Elizabeth Warner, M.D.

Elizabeth Warner will lead this Sunday’s discussion by talking about “Hope in Today’s World.”

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Sunday Service, July 26 – 10:45 a.m., “Questioning (and Answering) Together” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Send your questions about life or UUism to Rev. Rachel this week.

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Sunday Service, July 19 – 10:45 a.m., “We’re All in This Together” Hilary Hunt

Hilary Hunt leads this Sunday discussion by talking about resilience.

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Sunday Service, July 5 – 10:45 a.m., “The Regenerative Neighborhood” Dan Bair

In the age of climate change, what changes are needed for our neighborhoods to thrive?

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Sunday Service, June 21 – 10:45 a.m., “Reflections on the Five Senses” Gay Walker

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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