Speaker: Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Summer Service

This year the broad theme for summer services is “Living Our Values.” People’s People will speak on this theme in a variety of ways. Each service will include a ten-minute reflection from a speaker followed by group discussion. Summer services will be multiplatform, taking place both in the Commons and over Zoom. Services begin at … Continue reading Summer Service

Milestones Service

This Sunday, we will mark the milestones, transitions, and learnings in our community this year. We will welcome the newest members of People’s Church. We will honor our children and youth who completed Our Whole Lives (OWL) comprehensive sexuality education this year. We will celebrate our youth who are bridging to adulthood. We will also … Continue reading Milestones Service

Memorial Day Service

In our annual Memorial Day weekend service of remembrance, we will remember those who have died in war and military service. We will also honor church members and others who have died in the past year and the griefs that so many of us carry. (If you would like a photo of someone you love … Continue reading Memorial Day Service

Coming of Age Service

Over this church year, participants in our coming of age for youth and adults: discerning values and beliefs class have been exploring their beliefs, values, and ethics. In this service, they will share some of their learning with the congregation. You can access the order of service HERE! This service will be followed by a … Continue reading Coming of Age Service

What’s Next?

What happens when we die? While our Universalist ancestors had a very certain idea about this, modern Unitarian Universalists have a variety of beliefs about the afterlife (or lack of one). Rev. Rachel will explore some of the ideas commonly held among us. This service will also feature a child dedication ritual and end with … Continue reading What’s Next?

The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Black Liberation Theology Easter

In this Easter service, Rev. Rachel will explore Black Liberation Theology’s understanding of the death of Jesus. Drawing of the work of Dr. James Cone, the pioneer of Black Liberation Theology and one of Rev. Rachel’s seminary professors, she will explore how this theological tradition might help us all find meaning in the midst of … Continue reading The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Black Liberation Theology Easter

Reverse Service

After a four-year hiatus, we are bringing back our reverse service. This is a special day where our younger children stay in The Commons for the whole service while we sing out the adults (both in person and on Zoom) to participate in their own specialty classes, such as art, movement, discussion, and more. You … Continue reading Reverse Service

Living the Questions

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, People’s Church, Unitarian Universalism and more (but please no math problems). Rev. Rachel will do her best to answer as many of them as she can during the service – and all … Continue reading Living the Questions

Love at the Center

Our Unitarian Universalist Association is in the process of revising Article II of the bylaws, which includes the principles and sources. In this service, Rev. Rachel will explore the proposed changes, which will be voted on at the General Assembly this June. If you want to learn more about this process than will be included … Continue reading Love at the Center

The Misuse of Science

Following up on the previous Sunday’s celebration of Charles Darwin and evolution, we will grapple with how the scientific ideas Darwin developed have been misused in racist, ableist, and imperialist ways. The modern eugenics movement (founded by Charles Darwin’s cousin) promoted social policies designed to “improve” human populations. Many of the early proponents were Unitarians. … Continue reading The Misuse of Science

Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin!

On the weekend marking the 215th anniversary of the birth of naturalist Charles Darwin, who developed the theory of evolution and who was raised as a Unitarian. We will celebrate his life and legacy of inquiry, science, and trying to make sense of the world around us. You can access the order of service HERE!

Lessons in Leadership

One of the oldest and most important practices in the Unitarian Universalist tradition is congregational self-governance. This practice requires us to call out from among our congregation leaders who serve for a period of time on our nominating committee, our board, and in other leadership roles, serving the mission of the church and helping us … Continue reading Lessons in Leadership

Remembering Whitney Young

UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS NO RECORDING OF THIS SERVICE AVAILABLE. On Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, we will remember civil rights leader and Unitarian Universalist Whitney Young. As President of the National Urban League (one of the ‘Big Five’ organizations of the Civil Rights Movement) from 1961-1971, he cultivated relationships within white power structures in ways … Continue reading Remembering Whitney Young

Burning the Old Year: An All Ages for Service

In this service, we will mark the end of 2023 with rituals to let go of what we do not want to take with us into the coming year (by dramatically burning it up using magicians’ flash paper!) and to set our intentions for the year ahead. You can access the order of service HERE.