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.
Speaker: TPUUF Members and Friends
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.
Join us as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our Building. The service will honor those people who served on the Fellowship’s original building committee as well as our leadership at the time. Share in the recollections of the original committee members. A brief history of the project will be presented. The service will be followed by a special brunch featuring past ministers of the fellowship. Special projects designed to enhance the building and to carry us into the future will be presented.
In a piece commemorating Father’s Day decades ago, the late syndicated columnist and renowned humorist Erma Bombeck wrote, “Fathers used to be a lot like a kitchen clock. They had a familiar face, were always in the same spot, kept pretty good time, and were never missed or appreciated until the day they stopped ticking.” Obviously, the roles, identities and traits of fathers have changed much over the past six decades and continue to evolve. Father’s Day 2019 affords an opportunity to reflect on what our own fathers have meant to us. Several of us will share memories of our fathers and what we learned from them, for better or worse, about the experience of fathering in these changing, and often confusing, times.
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. Our annual recognition of their talents and contributions is especially timely this year, as May 3, 2019 marks the centennial of the birth of Pete Seeger who was, arguably, the most notable and influential UU troubadour of the past several generations. Expect reflection on how and why their lives and music nourish and inspire us and, of course, expect lots of singing!
Has an armed services veteran significantly influenced your life? Is there a veteran whose memory you especially hold dear? We’ll commemorate Memorial Day this year by providing an opportunity for all present at our worship service to share a thought and/or memory of a veteran in their life. Several members and friends will offer more extended remarks from the pulpit about a special veteran in their life and memory.
Following a format our Congregation has found “gratifying” in the past few years, several TPUUF members and friends will share the pulpit this Thanksgiving weekend to reflect on the spiritual roots and rewards of thankfulness and to share what cultivates in them an attitude of gratitude.