Speaker: TPUUF Members and Friends
Continuing in our Thanksgiving weekend tradition of extolling the spiritual practice of gratitude, this year we’ll extend special thanks to people who’ve been a healing presence in our lives. Members and friends of our faith community are invited to submit the name of a person … read more.
Join us for an interactive celebration of our pets and the joy they bring to our lives. Many churches in the United States celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4 each year. The feast commemorates the life of St. Francis, who was … read more.
Individuals share the impact of quarantine on their lives, be it reflective, artistic, a project, or a spiritual/political expression. This period disrupted daily routine; many lives were devastated emotionally and/or economically; and a police-killing ignited the built-up stress of the injustices suffered by African American … read more.
Earlier this year, soon after the COVID-19 lockdown began, Reverend Larry Peers facilitated a series of workshop sessions on conscious aging. Participants will share their experiences based on workshop themes, several of which are universal in nature, such as self-compassion, transformative points in one’s life, … read more.
“You learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” This provocative quote, widely misattributed to the great Greek philosopher, Plato, can lead us this Father’s Day to think about what we learned about or from a father … read more.
Join us for a lively, uplifting tribute to Unitarian Universalist troubadours—singer/songwriters who help make the essence of our liberal religious faith more accessible to all and who call us to greater heights of spiritual awakening, compassion and social action. Expect reflection on how and why … read more.
We Unitarian Universalists should be gratified and motivated by our heritage of leadership in social, economic, cultural and political reform. Speaking truth to power and challenging inequality and injustice is in our DNA, a core feature of our liberal religious faith and spiritual practice. This essential feature of our identity manifested itself widely and deeply in the struggle for universal suffrage, a struggle culminating in the passage in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States that accorded women in the United States the right to vote. On this first Sunday of Women’s History Month, in this the centennial year of the Amendment’s ratification, we’ll honor some prominent UU women leaders of the Suffrage Movement, among them Mary Wollstonecraft, Judith Sargent, Margaret Fuller, Lucy Stone, Mary Livermore, Julia Ward Howe, and Rev. Olympia Brown. Their work on behalf of human rights in general, and women’s rights in particular, was firmly grounded in a faith which held, as its highest ideal, the liberation of the human spirit from narrow thought, lifeless creed, and social codes that fail to serve human needs, including the deeply experienced need for self-determination and spiritual fulfillment.
Also known as the Festival of Lights, the Jewish festival of Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the 167-160 BCE Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 22, and we will take the opportunity to acknowledge an element of our Judeo-Christian heritage and consider the meaning of this celebration as it relates to our Unitarian Universalist faith. We will also hear from members and friends of our Congregation who identified spiritually and/or culturally as Jewish about their memories of Hanukkah growing up, and how their experience of it or, perhaps, their lack of experience of it, figured into their faith development and how they now regard and/or observe Hanukkah.
We will also, of course, light the Menorah, the iconic symbol of Hanukkah.
Following the path we’ve taken the past few years, this year’s Thanksgiving weekend service provides a forum for reflection on the spiritual roots and rewards of thankfulness and for cultivation of an attitude of gratitude. This year, we’ll also consider the disconnect between the … read more.