Sunday March 26, 2017 – 10:30 AM

Resilience, Rev. Bev Waring preaching.
Our history, the stories of Unitarians and Universalists, show us to be people of resiliency. Come Sunday and explore together what this means for the times we now face.
This is a Sanctuary Start for RE.

Sunday March 19, 2017 – 10:30 AM

Stop the Elevator; A Moment of Sabbath, Rev. Bev Waring preaching.
In an essay from her book, A Small Heaven, Rev. Jane Rzepka writes about a 48-floor ride in a glass elevator and teaches us about moments of Sabbath that can occur in that elevator. These first few months of 2017 have been fraught with anxiety, angst, tension, grief and personal as well as societal stress. We owe it to ourselves, our families, and our wider communities to take care of ourselves, to find ways to observe Sabbath moments. Join us as we explore ways to do just that this Sunday.
This is a Sanctuary Start for RE.

Sunday March 12, 2014 – 10:30 AM

Income Inequality: A Challenge to Our UU Principles, Program Sunday.
Income inequality may be the most important current issue that we as UUs need to pay attention to. This service will help us understand why this is and what we can do about it. The service is a collaboration between the Northborough and Westborough Social Justice Committees.
Ths is a Sanctuary Start for RE.

Sunday March 5, 2017 – 10:30 AM

 

If You Want to Get Religion, You Gotta Go in The Wilderness, Rev. Bev Waring and Guest David Miller Kohlmeier, preaching.

Rev Bev is sharing the pulpit this week with David Miller Kohlmeier, ministerial intern at First Parish Church in Weston, MA.  About the sermon, David writes, March 5th is the first Sunday in Lent: a time in the Christian tradition of self-examination in preparation for Easter.  One of the primary symbols of Lent is the wilderness.  One African-American spiritual went so far as to say “If you want to get religion, you gotta go in the wilderness.”  We’ll be reflecting on the spiritual meaning and importance of “the wilderness,” with a focus on insights from the African-American tradition, and looking at what this imagery might offer us in both personal and national times of crisis.

This is a Sanctuary Start for RE.

Sunday February 26, 2017 – 10:30 AM

A Faith Worth Supporting, Rev. Bev Waring preaching. What is there about this faith tradition that makes it important to you that congregations like UUCSW exist? Why do you come to this particular Unitarian Universalist Congregation? This Sunday is a great time to consider those questions and then answer them with your completed pledge card. Prior to this service you will receive stewardship information and will have opportunities to ask questions and answer in your heart if this is indeed a faith worth supporting.
This is a Sanctuary Start for RE.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 10:30 AM

Program Sunday – Challenges Faced by Refugees in Worcester, Noreen Johnson Smith speaking.
For a number of years, Worcester has been one of the state’s top destinations for refugees. Most come from the near east, south Asia, and Africa. In general, they have experienced trauma and loss. Before being allowed to enter the U.S., they are screened extensively. On February 19th, Noreen Johnson Smith, from Family Health Center in Worcester will speak about the diverse people served by their Refugee Health Program. Most need help with basic needs as they regain their health, and learn how to live in this country.

This is Sanctuary Start for RE.

Sunday February 12, 2017 – 10:30 AM

 

Standing on the Side of Love, Rev. Bev Waring and Jenna Kyes, Director of Religious Education, preaching.

Whether you are standing on the side of love with our planet, or against discrimination, or in pursuit of justice, everyone of any age or ability can make a difference.  Join us for this interactive service while we explore the different ways all generations can stand on the side of love.  This service will also include a song by a combined intergenerational choir.  Even if you have never sung with the adult or youth choir before, this is a great opportunity to give it a try!

This is a Sanctuary Start for RE.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 – 10:30 AM

Being and Becoming,Rev. Bev Waring preaching.
A colleague of mine says that after finding Unitarian Universalism as an adult he told his home congregation that what made him love them and Unitarian Universalism was that “they accepted me for who I was, but also loved me into becoming a better and fuller person.” What does it mean to be with someone “as they are” as well as through the process of “finding one’s best self?” Can congregations as a whole feel good about who they are while still aspiring to become something different? Come Sunday and explore these questions.
This is a Sanctuary Start for RE.

Sunday January 29, 2017 – 10:30 AM

Waking Up to the Power of Unitarian Universalism, Rev. Bev Waring, preaching.

Last weekend had a profound impact on my understanding of the power we have as Unitarian Universalists in the current social and political climate. Between the inauguration and the hundreds of marches around the world, I really woke up and felt the need for this faith at this time.  Join me (Rev Bev) as we explore together how we might use our theology and our faith communities to wake up and stay awake during these times that feel frightening and threatening to much that we value and hold dear.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 – 10:30 AM

What does friendship mean to you?, Program Sunday, Kathie Metzger, speaking.

New tools increase the number of friends we can have, but how many can we really nurture and support? When you consider someone to be your friend do you have a responsibility to stay in touch? Are you available to help and support them when they need it? Can your friends count on you? Do you expect the same of them? Maybe we have tiers of friendship kind of like a fancy layer cake with a small cake at the top with larger layers on the bottom.

Bring your thoughts to share and consider bringing a friend to church as well.