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Tension or Temper

Sunday, November 3, 2018 Led by Cal Frye What is the purpose of the church? Is our task to heal ourselves, or society? How do we balance our desire for social justice with our need for the social hour between first and second service? And can we find the balance while still maintaining harmony and compassion within these walls? Courage, my friends! In the tension is our strength. Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with nursery care available during both services.


Safely Kept in the Heart

Sunday, October 28, 2018 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee "So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them." The words of this Reformed Jewish prayer remind us that our loved ones live on in our hearts as long as we remember them. In keeping with the many spiritual traditions of remembrance during this time of the year, we will once again remember and honor our beloved dead with rituals and songs, love and tears....


The Promise and the Practice

Sunday, October 20, 2018 Led by Melissa Jeter and Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign is our opportunity to take the lead as a faith denomination in addressing our history of upholding white supremacy. Together, we can collectively work to dismantle it and amend a long broken promise to the Black Lives within our Association. Click here for more information on the Promise and the Practice Campaign for Black Lives Unitarian Universalist...


The Promise and Possibilities of Shared Ministry

Sunday, October 14, 2018 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee Rev. Gordon McKeeman writes: "Ministry is a quality of relationship between and among human beings that beckons forth hidden possibilities." Ministry, once thought to be the work of ordained ministers, is the way we serve one another and the world. This service will invite us to reflect on shared ministry as a promise all of us make to live out our values as Unitarian Universalists for the benefit of the...


From Seed to Fruit

Sunday, October 7, 2018 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel Martin Luther once said that even if he knew the world were going to end, he would still plant an apple tree. Today as we gather as a community of all ages to celebrate apple communion, we will give thanks for life's many gifts, be reminded that apples are a symbol of spiritual gifts, including abundance, love, gratitude and generosity, and find inspiration in the way an apple tree begins as a small seed....


Beyond Diversity: Rethinking Race and Our Congregations

Sunday, September 30, 2018 Led by Scott Piepho and Worship Associate Lori Fatchet-McGee The conversation among Unitarian Universalists about our churches and people of color tends to center on the advantages that racial diversity offers to our congregations. That frame tracks the general conversation in our society about issues like civil rights and immigration. The more important conversation is how we guarantee equal access to institutions, including UU churches, as a matter of...


You’re Uni-What?

Sunday, September 23, 2018 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns Unitarian Universalism is one of America's best kept secrets. Even those who have heard of us don't know much about our religion. After a light hearted look at some of the common images and stereotypes people have of UUism, we'll explore the "elevator speech" to discover ways we can tell people about our faith and invite them to join us. Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with nursery...


Wake Now, Our Vision

Sunday, September 16, 2018 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Eric van Baars Humankind once believed that the equator defined the end of the world. Once this myth was proven untrue as navigators sailed beyond the equator, human progress occurred at an astonishing rate. What is possible when we challenge our myths as human beings and a congregation and invite our vision to awaken and guide toward who we can be? As part of the morning's worship time, we'll also commission and...


Many Streams Make One River

Ingathering Sunday, September 9, 2018 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Colleen Thoele with Worship Associate Elaine Bowen As many streams come together to make a river, we come together to make a community. As we return from our summer adventures bringing water and stories to share, this festive multi-generational service of water communion and ingathering invites us to once again blend our lives together and renew our connections with each other. Please bring a small amount of water for...


An Injury to One is an Injury to All

Sunday, September 2, 2018 Led by Cal Frye and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer Step by step, the longest march can be won, and by union what we will can be accomplished still. Beyond the workplace, the message of collective labor calls us to join together, all of us, to accomplish what we will. From the Wobblies to the Welcoming Congregation, we are called to come together, for we are stronger, better together. Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with nursery care available...


A House of Memory and Hope

Sunday, August 26, 2018 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman On August 23, 1868, our church building was dedicated in the spirit of the Universalist message of love and to unite the community in justice, peace and compassion. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the building, tell stories from our history, and look to the promise of the future we begin together, we will reflect on what it means to be as, Rev. Kathleen McTigue says in reading #435 in Singing the Living Tradition, a "house of...


Thus Do We Covenant — Sunday, August 19, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer In the absence of a creed, dogma or doctrine, we bind ourselves to this community and to one another in service to our shared life and work through covenant, a promise to walk together towards the life we seek to lead. This service will explore the history of covenant in Unitarian Universalism, look at covenant as the heart of our UU theology, and invite us to reflect together on what it means to be a community of...


Blessings for the Journey — Sunday, August 12, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel As our adventure together begins, a new chapter in the long history of this congregation, who are we as kindred souls traveling together? As we prepare for the journey ahead of us, what will we put in our spiritual backpacks? What can we leave behind? During this service we will also bless backpacks and other bags for students of all ages to affirm that we are with you in the spirit of love and care as a new school year begins....


The Space Between — Sunday, August 5, 2018

Led by Rev. Kristina Spaude We live in a highly divided world, one where we are separated by politics, fear, the news media, and many other ways. It's hard to remember to look for points of connection and common experience sometimes. What if, in our interactions with others and ourselves, we focused on the relationship, thinking that it is in the relationship that the holy lives? Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with nursery care available during all services for children...


Saved by Unitarian Universalism — Sunday, July 29, 2018

Led by Kathy Kerns and Worship Associate Eric van Baars Salvation is an old and important idea in Universalism, but does it have relevance today for our faith? This service is an opportunity to explore the meaning of salvation and to hear stories from people who were saved by Unitarian Universalism. Sunday service is offered 10 AM with nursery care available for children Pre-school age and younger.


Patching Chindis: On Brokenness — Sunday, July 22, 2018

Led by Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, Interim Minister, UU Church of Meadville (PA) with Worship Associate Lisa Thiel Among the multitude of Hindu deities, there is a goddess named “Akhilandeshvari” - the “Never Not Broken Goddess.” She is anything but frail, though – she carries a trident and rides in on a crocodile! As humans, we are also “never-not-broken,” yet how do you relate to our brokenness? Do we despise it? Embrace it? Feel empathy for it? Want to soothe it? Experience its intense...


All Are Called: Bringing General Assembly Home – Sunday, July 15, 2018

Led by Elaine Bowen and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns On this Sunday, leaders will share their reflections of General Assembly. Sunday's service is offered at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.


Secrets and Elephants — Sunday, July 8, 2018

Led by Rev. Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer Secrets can be defined as those experiences, thoughts, sometimes feelings that we choose to keep from view or to talk about. There are some secrets that are by their very nature contain information whose authorized disclosure could endanger lives or security. But then there are those secrets that become “elephants in the room.” These can be questions, problems, solutions or issues that many people if not all know about but...


Hope in Unity – Sunday, July 1, 2018

Led by Lori Fatchet-McGee with Worship Associate Elaine Bowen This Sunday we will use poetry to focus on unity, peace, freedom, and hope; Independence Day; and democracy. One service will be offered at 10 AM with nursery care available.


The Challenge of Change – Sunday, June 24, 2018

Led by Lisa Thiel and Friends Let’s face it, change can be hard, and yet it is an absolutely unavoidable part of our existence. How can we deal with the upheavals in our lives with the most grace we can muster? In this special service, we will shake things up a bit in order to feel change, as well as hear personal stories of transformation from members and friends. Special guests include musician and author Margot Milcetich, classical cellist Kris Paggett, Saunis Parsons, Lori Fatchet-McGee,...