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Sunday, April 8, 10:30 A.M.
Recreating the Community
Rev. Michael Brown
Today is Fellowship Sunday. Everyone is invited to a special Fellowship Lunch after the service. Each spring we plan for a new church year and then come together to make our plan become reality. How does this special kind of creativity happen? Our fellow church members will share their insights and we will ponder together the miracle of recreating the church each year for 175 years and moving into the future.

Sunday, April 1, 10:30 A.M.
Celebrate in Joyful Song: Spring and the Rebirth of Hope
Rev. Lynnda White
We have seen so much trouble and upset in the world that we often forget how important celebration is as a healthy, vital part of a balanced life. There is much to celebrate as we move through the festival of Spring and the rebirth of hope. On April 1, we will celebrate through familiar, joyful hymns. Instead of a sermon, there will be some narration as a guide, and the congregation will reply with some of our most beloved hymns

Sunday, March 18, 10:30 A.M.
The Gathering Wave
Rev. Michael Brown
This service is about the gathering wave of women entering politics and other forms of public life. According to all reports the numbers are significant. What does this shift mean for our society? An ally offers some reflections.

Sunday, March 11, 10:30 A.M.
Hope Springs Eternal
Rev. Michael Brown
What is the role of hope in our lives? Is it a kind of necessary illusion or maybe something we eventually outgrow? Springtime is often experienced as a time of hope. In these times of stress and division, what can we hope for?

Sunday, March 4, 10:30 A.M.
...And a Little Child Shall Lead Them
Rev. Lynnda White
In this topsy-turvy world where some people are having trouble telling right from wrong, truth from fiction, it seems that children are coming to the front lines battling for justice. This time it was a tragedy in Florida that brought them to the forefront, but there have been other moments in history when children have been the wise ones and led their elders with their wisdom, courage, and perseverance. What can we learn from our children?

Sunday, February 25, 10:30 A.M.
W.E.B. DuBois and Unitarian Universalism
Rev. Michael Brown
W.E.B. DuBois was a prominent sociologist, activist, and writer who was born just after the civil war ended and who died one year before the Voting Rights Act was signed. Among his most well-known books is "The Souls of Black Folk." He was one of the founders of the NAACP. W.E.B. DuBois was a guest speaker at our church's Sunday Evening Lecture Series on February 16, 1936. How did his cutting-edge thinking compare with Unitarian Universalism at that time and even now?

Sunday, February 18, 10:30 A.M.
Will Democracy Survive in America?
Rev. Michael Brown
A number of contemporary thinkers believe that the United States is on a slippery slope toward losing our standing as democratic form of government. Could this possibly be true? Our UU Principles and Purposes affirm democratic process as one of our most important principles. What could we do that would strenghten democracy in our country and save it from possible collapse?

Sunday, February 11, 10:30 A.M.
Community as Transcendence
Rev. Michael Brown
What is the effect of being connected in community? Does it change our life in any important ways? What happens when we commit ourselves to being an inclusive community? These are questions that may help us understand the struggles going on in our world.

Sunday, February 4, 10:30 A.M.
Good versus Evil: How Do We Take Sides
Rev. Lynnda White
That onerous old hymn Once to Every Soul* and Nation tells us that a moment will come when we must each decide our fate, that we must take the side of good or evil. Perhaps it isn’t as easy as we think to make those determinations. How does Unitarian Universalism help us decide?

Sunday, January 21, 10:30 A.M.
Legacy Sunday
Rev. Michael Brown
As part of our 175th anniversary celebration, today we will honor those who have been members of our church for 35 years or more. They are quite a group. Please come and meet these pillars of the church and appreciate their contriutions to our community. I hope those of you who have joined more recently will find this an opportunity to know your church home with more depth.

Sunday, January 14, 10:30 A.M.
Beloved Conversations
Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen
Rev. Rhonda Brown (from Florida) will also participate in this service. They are both facilitators for the Beloved Conversations retreat Friday and Saturday prior to the service. Rev. Homblette wrote, “When I have preached before on a Sunday following a BC retreat, I’ve talked generally about the work of racial justice and against white supremacy and how our religious communities are suited to do that work together.” We look forward to having them as part of our worship.

Sunday, January 7, 10:30 A.M.
A Reason to Hope
Rev. Lynnda White
We have come out of a year that has held more than its share of difficulties. We dream of change in ourselves and in the wider community. What makes us hopeful that we will embrace a new year with renewed energy and a reason to hope?

Sunday, December 31, 10:30 A.M.
The Gift of a Year
Rev. Michael Brown
What shall we do with the gift of a year, the most precious of holiday gifts? We may have personal goals that call to us, perhaps things that we have wanted to do for many years. At the same time trends in our broader world also challenge us to be healers of unhealthy patterns that seem to be all around us. What shall we do with this year? What is the best use of our time?

Sunday, December 3, 10:30 A.M.
Creativity as a Source of Meaning
Rev. Michael Brown
Where does creativity come from and what role does it play in our search for meaning? In a season full of elves, angels, guiding stars, magic candle oil and a flying saint who gives gifts to children we decorate our houses inside and out. What is all this creative display about and why do we do it every year? What does it mean to us?

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