Sunday, March 26, 2017, 10:10 a.m., Pema Antoniotti, "The Life of Milarepa"
Milarepa was one of Tibet's most famous Yogi's and Poets. In an extraordinary effort, he rose above the tragedies in his early life, to become one of the most influential spiritual teachers of his time. Full of compassion, drama and intrigue, his life story serves as inspiration to us in dealing with life's trials and tribulations.
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 10:10 a.m., the Rev. Sandra Ingham will present, "We've Come a Long Way Baby".
Oh, Really! How much progress have women actually made since that 19th amendment gave them the right to vote? This morning we will honor Women's History Month by considering that question. Misogyny runs rampant in this country, perhaps more so than racism; it is certainly not challenged in the ways that racism is. Misogyny is an accepted part of the culture in the United States. As "New York Times" editor Susan Chira says, "A man whose behavior toward women is a throwback to pre-feminist days is now setting the tone for the country.What's a feminist UU to do?!
Second and Fourth Sundays at the Free Congregation
Second and Fourth Sunday programs begin at 10:10 am with our ‘gathering’ music.
All Second and Fourth Sundays include a Unitarian Universalist order of service. A description follows.
Gathering. At 10:10 am, our musician will play J.S. Bach’s “Prelude in C major” to announce the start of the program.
Announcements. A member of the congregation, usually the President of the Board, will provide brief news and describe upcoming events. New visitors are invited to say a little about themselves if they wish.
Music. The congregation sings two hymns, generally from the UU hymnal. Our musician may also sing and play a variety of other music: classical and Broadway musicals are favorites! UU Sundays always begin with a musical prelude and end with a postlude.
Joys and Concerns. Sharing the joys and concerns in our lives strengthens our community and provides an opportunity to give and to receive comfort, support, and companionship. Guests and members are welcome to share. We do not have one particular ritual associated with this sharing: we might light candles, we might place a pebble in water…
Readings. These are poems or short selections of texts that connect in some way to the theme of the program.
Reflection. A reflection generally takes about 15-20 minutes; the subject matter is drawn from a variety of religious topics. The goal of the Reflection is to spark thinking, feeling, and discussion about the topic. Topics have included freedom, forgiveness, play, and relationships.
Congregational Dialogue. Religion is something to explore with others. Our congregation believes that this part of the program is especially important; many of our guest ministers and speakers, unaccustomed to “talkbacks” as part of a Sunday “church” program, find it particularly exciting. Attendees are invited to respond to the Reflection or, more generally, to the theme of the program. Discussions get lively!
Please join us; you are always welcome!