With Lee Reinert, Work that Reconnects Facilitator. If you need somewhere to be on Inauguration Day, the sanctuary will open at 1 p.m. for silent reflection. At 1:30, trained facilitator Lee Reinert will lead us in The Spiral of the Work that Reconnects. Based on the work of Buddhist activist Joanna Macy, the Spiral invites us […]
Marie Oakberg, Worship Associate. We honor the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by examining his words and teachings to discern his real message. Over the years since his assassination, his boldest and most challenging work has often been glossed over in favor of a sanitized version of his dream. This year, more than […]
Join us for a holiday breakfast of potato pancakes. We will eat together and sing together. Since this is both Christmas Day and the first night of Hanukkah, the music will come from both traditions. Rev. Roberta will tell the Hanukkah story with a little help from the rest of us.
Come early for a pre-service concert at 9:45 p.m. Then, join us for a traditional Christmas Eve service with a contemporary Unitarian Universalist theology. Readings, music and commentaries will be drawn from both ancient and modern sources. Order of Service: 12-24-16 OOS – 10pm.pdf
The Explorers are leading the worship service and sharing the story Trees of the Dancing Goats based on the book by Patricia Polacco. The Cherubs Choir and Youth Ensemble will sing at the service as well. This is a multigenerational worship service and all ages are invited to attend.
Holiday times can be difficult for those of us who have experienced losses or disappointments. The Blue Christmas service allows us to acknowledge those feelings of sadness and emptiness, and to experience some healing. The Pastoral Associates will be present offering hand-knitted comfort cloaks to all wish to take one for themselves or for a […]
The theme of the month of December is presence. Rev. Roberta will reflect on what it means to be a community of presence. How are we present to each other in friendship and fellowship? In encouraging mutual spiritual growth? How are we present to the larger community in radical hospitality? Order of Service: 12-04-16 OOS.pdf […]
9/4 “Farewell to Summer” Scott Ward, Honorary Minister of Music Our Chamber Choir, accompanied by violin, cello and pianist Linda Henderson, will present a Mostly Mozart service, with poetry and readings celebrating the changing season, and a fond farewell to summer. Order of Service: 9-04-16 OOS-NewCoverFinal.pdf Sermon audio: Three End of Summer Stories.mp3 Farewell to […]
8/28 “Should We Stay or Should We Go? Fighting Back When the Waters Rise” Ms. Marie Reed, President of the Southbridge Civic Association Ms. Reed will tell the story of how Southridge chose resiliency instead of evacuation in facing down rising flood waters caused by climate change. What can we learn from their experience? Singer-songwriter […]
8/21 “A Universalist with a Small ‘u’” Rev. Roberta Finkelstein Before there was a religion called Universalism, there was a heretical idea called universal salvation. We will explore the history of that idea in the service. Additionally Paul Pinson will be talking during the Stewardship Moment and will reference an impressive sermon given by Nancy […]
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