Upcoming Services
Sundays at 10:00 AM

Rev. Hannah Petrie

September 2
Rev. Hannah Petrie

Labor of Love 

Most ministers take Labor Day Sunday off as the last chill Sunday of the summer, but I love preaching on Labor Day themes!  This year we'll hear about a new book called Bull___ Jobs by David Graeber, and what it means when so many of us are under-employed, unhappily employed, or just plain un-employed.  We'll also learn about national UU efforts to partner with the Poor People's Campaign, led by the Rev. William Barber.

September 9
Rev. Hannah Petrie

Welcome Back Sunday!

The Worship Theme of the Month is VISION.  During today's service there will be a Gathering of the Waters ritual to welcome us coming back together after our summer travels.  Bring water from a source you visited this summer, or "proxy water" that represents it.  We will also have water available in the sanctuary. This year, in honor of our 75th Anniversary, we will be exploring identity and strengthening connections, both within and beyond our congregation.

September 16
Rev. Hannah Petrie, Rabbi Haim Beliak, and Cantor Andrew Henry

Days of Awe:  "The Choice" of Edith Eger

The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance. This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the transgressions of the previous year, and repent before Yom Kippur.

This year we mark this holy time with a service co-led by Rev. Hannah and Rabbi Haim of Beth Ohr, with the added talents of Cantorial Soloist Andrew Henry.  Over the summer, Rabbi Haim and Rev. Hannah both read the truly remarkable book "The Choice" by Edith Eger, and agreed that it is one of the best Holocaust survival memoirs ever written.  The service will weave the author's priceless wisdom with the seasonal messages of repentance, free will, forgiveness, and the soaring of the spirit.

September 23
Rev. Hannah Petrie

Sermon Series - Kindred Spirits, Part 1: 

James Baldwin's Exile & Truth-telling

I'm pleased to be sharing a series of sermons with member and Social Justice Chair Antoinette Scully.  Continuing with the monthly worship theme, we are looking at the VISION of two revolutionary black authors.  My sermon is a spiritual meditation about James Baldwin and what it takes to tell the truth as a black person.  My source material includes the film, "I Am Not Your Negro," and the books "The Fire Next Time,"  "The Fire This Time" (young black writers today responding to his work), and Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me."

September 30
Anoinette Scully

Sermon Series - Kindred Spirits, Part 2: 
Octavia Butler's Afro-futurism and Beyond

What does the future hold? Can we enact change if we don’t know what it looks like? Yes. Or at least, we can build upon it. "Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time" (Octavia's Brood, AK Press, March 2015). Where James Baldwin and others looked to our current state, authors like Octavia Butler and Nnedi Okorafor look to what we can be. Science fiction may seem out of this world, but activist Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha think that it holds the key to making real change.