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Sun. 24 Sep, 2017 - Sat. 30 Sep, 2017

Sun. 24 Sep, 2017

"Keeping Covenant" (Sun. 24 Sep, 2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

This month, we’re exploring the promises we make, especially within the Unitarian framework of “covenant.” My colleague Victoria Safford beautifully describes what we, as Unitarians, mean when using this concept:

A covenant is not a contract. It is not made and signed and sealed once and for all, sent to the attorneys for safekeeping or guarded under glass in a museum. A covenant is not a static artifact and it is not a sworn oath: Whereas, whereas, whereas. . . . Therefore, I will do this, or I’ll die, so help me God. A covenant is a living, breathing aspiration, made new every day. It can’t be enforced by consequences but it may be reinforced by forgiveness and by grace, when we stumble, when we forget, when we mess up.

This Sunday, I’ll build on the sermons Lynn Harrison and I have preached this month to delve into what it means for us to find life-giving ways to live in covenant with ourselves, each other, and the wider world.

A reminder that we will gather at 3pm on Sunday to celebrate the life of Mark Jorgensen, who for many years filled our sanctuary and our hearts with song and with joy. For those unable to attend in person, the memorial service will be live-streamed (please see the notice in First Light about the updated link and password for accessing our live-stream).

With all good wishes as we turn toward autumn.

In faith and love,
Shawn

View the Order of Service.

Amnesty International (Sun. 24 Sep, 2017 11:30 am - 12:30 pm)

During coffee hour we will write to El Salvador requesting the decriminalization of abortion when pregnancy poses a risk to life and health.

We will also write to Colombia calling for the protection of Indigenous peoples threatened by armed groups and requesting provision of urgent humanitarian relief.

Issues & Ideas: Covenant (Sun. 24 Sep, 2017 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm)

Our open discussion circle will meet in the Library, with reports on two books:

  • Peter Hughes on Walking Together by Conrad Wright
  • Gerta Moray on Turning Point: Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism by Frederic Muir (ed.)
  • Come and share your reactions and ideas.

    Mon. 25 Sep, 2017

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    Tue. 26 Sep, 2017

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    Wed. 27 Sep, 2017

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    Thu. 28 Sep, 2017

    Elements of Magic (Thu. 28 Sep, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

    This new course, co-sponsored by Our Pagan Grove and Womynspirit, is facilitatated by Michael Franklin & Sandra Willow Lang. It is an introduction to the basic principles of the Reclaiming magical community, with a focus on the elements of magic with which we work – air, fire, water, earth and spirit.

    In the Reclaiming tradition, magic is “changing consciousness at will”. We will learn foundational arts and practices, using tools such as trance/guided meditation, chant, silence, movement, divination and discussion.

    Delve into the Earth-based roots of Paganism and Unitarianism. Experience a deepening of meditation and awareness of mystery.

    The program is for you whether you are new to earth-based spiritual practice and learning ritual skills for the first time or experienced and seeking to deepen your connection with community and the elements.

    Cost: $20 for materials (or pay what you can).

    All are welcome. Register by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Fri. 29 Sep, 2017

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    Sat. 30 Sep, 2017

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