Summer Service: Listen for Your Own Sake and Especially When You Don’t Feel Like It!

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 9:30 AM –

Summer Services at UUCSW continue on Sunday, June 30th at 9:30 am in the Chapel. Long time UUCSW member Charlie Wolfson will be speaking. His topic is “Listen for Your Own Sake and Especially When You Don’t Feel Like It!”

Coffee, juice and light refreshments will be available. Child care is not available this week. Please consider signing up to help with setting up refreshments. A stipend to cover the cost is available. Please contact Kathie Metzger with questions: kmetzger200@gmail.com.

There will not be a service on Sunday, July 7th due to the July 4th weekend. Services resume on Sunday, July 14th.

Worship – Ahead of the Times

SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 10:30 AM –

Nearly 100 years ago, August 18, 1920, women in this country got the right to vote. At this service, we will talk about a few of the women who worked so hard to earn this right for women in the US. We will also learn a bit about how the UUCSW was ahead of the rest of the country. Led by Kathie Metzger. Please join us immediately following service for our 2019 Annual Meeting.

Worship – Curiosity and the Beginner’s Mind

SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 10:30 AM –

What does it mean to be a people of Curiosity? This Sunday’s service leader, Lisa Shumway, will explore this question and what it means for us as individuals and as a community. In addition, we will delve into the concept of Shoshin, a word from Zen Buddhism meaning “Beginner’s Mind”. As Zen teacher Suzuki Roshi famously said “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s, there are few.” Should we strive to be beginners or experts?

Worship – Memorial Day: More than a 3-Day Weekend

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 10:30 AM –

We hope to explore the origins of Memorial Day, and to see more clearly the difference between patriotism and nationalism in a “non-political” way. We invite you to dig up and bring photos and/or stories from your own family experiences regarding those in active service as well as veterans that we honor for their service. At the end of the service we may place flowers at the graves of veterans in a nearby cemetery for those interested. Please join us the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and remember to bring your own family photos and stories to share. Service led by Kim Hall.

Worship – The Place Where Love Lives

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 10:30 AM –

What do a mustard seed, the Kingdom of God, and love have in common? Today is a lesson in metaphor from the master storyteller, himself. Never one to tip-toe around Jesus, Rev. Cindy Frado seeks to liberate the essence of his message to speak to the entire theological arc of our UU panoply of beliefs. Check your pre-conceived notions at the door. For those with eyes to see and ears to listen. This is a sanctuary start for the children and a great day to be together in worship. We will also be celebrating our graduating seniors with a Bridging Ceremony.

Worship – Noun, Verb, and Lost Luggage: Telling and re-telling truer, better stories

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 10:30 AM –

We are all story-tellers, narrators of life and tea leaf readers. All of this, often, for an audience of one. The stories we tell about ourselves and about our communities do matter but they are not written in stone. This Sunday’s service leader Amy Martellock will explore how we tell and retell the story of who we are in ways that are true, ways that keep us stuck or that move us forward.

Worship – Our Spiritual Connection with Nature

SUNDAY, MAY 5, 10:30 AM –

Scott Shumway recently hiked in the Costa Rican rainforest seven hours per day over four weeks. Part of this time he was joined by six UUCSW members and friends. This experience and others will be used to take the congregation on a spiritual journey into Nature. Scott is a biology professor and scientist by training, but turns to the words of poets like Wendell Barry, Anna Akhmatova, and Mary Oliver to describe what it is like to experience a spiritual connection with Nature. What does it mean to “come into the peace of wild things” or have “the secret of secrets inside of me again”? And have you ever been in the forest and “vanished at least a dozen times into something better”? How can you prepare yourself to receive the mysteries of Nature into that part of you which cannot be described?

Following the service at 2:00, Scott will lead a journey into Nature on a local hiking trail (TBD) and just maybe you will discover “the secret of secrets”.

Worship – How Do We Learn Right from Wrong?

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 10:30 AM –

As Unitarian Universalists, we believe morality is not merely a set of rules. We learn about right and wrong from many different sources; our sophistication increases as we get older. How our kids learn about morality matters to us and to our society. We will look at ways our kids learn about right and wrong, and explore how we as adults address questions of morality and justice. Led by Cassie Lengel and Jerry Breecher.