Sunday Services: 10:30 am
Child Care Available
Sunday Services: 10:30 am
In the summers from mid-June to the beginning of September we here at UUAC create switch gears to a more relaxed worship and fellowship. In June and July we gather together for lay-led services; we re-connect with the inspired voice within each of us as members of our congregation create beautiful and inspiring worship. August brings a return of minister led services. We are pleased to welcome back Rev. Laura Randall, our Affiliate Community Minister, to lead one of our services along with Gary Strichartz, UUAC member and seminary graduate, and Ministerial Candidate, Mandy Beal.
Please enter the building from the side entrances. This is a great way to connect with individual people in our amazing congregation! These gatherings are in the Sanctuary on Sundays at 10:30am. Childcare is available. Summer 2017 Schedule will be updated throughout the summer as details become available.
June 18: Will be led by Anne Lafleur – “No, I want to give to you!” – Humility and the art of receiving
June 25: Will be led by Julien Lafleur – “Failure – The Gift of Growth”
July 2: No Service – Enjoy the 4th of July Weekend!
July 9: Will be led by the Lucia Frenkel and Cindy Levine of the Immigration Justice Team – “Sanctuary and Freedom” – Early July is a time for joyous Independence Day celebrations for US citizens. Some of our families have been here for generations and sometimes we may take the status we enjoy as Americans for granted. Immigrants come here looking for a place to be safe from violence and to provide for their families- a sanctuary. However, the freedom for them to live safely in this country is being threatened. Please join us in exploring the meaning of sanctuary and freedom through readings, reflection and music.
July 16: Will be led by Becky Sheble-Hall, Ministerial Candidate – “Listening to Each Other”
Pastoral theologian David Augsburger writes: “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable”.
This service will include stories from my ministry of listening to people experiencing homelessness, and opportunities to tune up our own listening skills.
July 23: Will be led by Rev. Polly Leland Mayer – “Bits of Wisdom and Reflection” – from the writing of colleagues and living a life.
July 30: Tim Roper – “Music and Spirituality” – This service will involve listening to, singing and performing music, as well as hearing about and discussing the connection between music and spirituality.
August 6: Rev. Laura Randall – “Seeking the Antidote”- In a society that’s poisoned by greed, violence, and racism, where to do we look for the antidote?
August 13: Gary Stricharz – “Who is Chosen, Who Chooses?”
Unitarian Universalism promotes its members as people who make a thoughtful choice about their beliefs and practices, and so choose to be UUs. Yet our religion has evolved from a Judeo-Christian tradition that carries an origin myth of a “Chosen People”. How many of the choices we make about how to live and what to believe are based on thoughtful considerations, reflections about the ways in which our lives reflect the seven Principles of our denomination, and how many are adopted because of familiarity, comfort and expectation? In this service we will ask about some of the values that may have sparked the original beliefs, and how our understanding of the Universe, ourselves as one species on one of its planets, and our ability to become engaged with “the other” might be the critical choice in our individual and specie’s salvation.
August 20: Rev. Laura Randall– “Yes, and…” – Can the guidelines of improv theater change our lives and the world?
August 27: Mandy Beal, Ministerial Candidate – “Joy as an Act of Resistance” – We live in a time of deep anxiety and fear. Perhaps the most radical thing we can do is step out of those powerful cultural trends. How might we cultivate joy as a daily spiritual practice and as an act of resistance?
Mandy Beal is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School (’16) and candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry. Mandy just completed a ministerial internship at the First Parish in Lincoln (MA) and will serve at the Youth and Membership Ministry Assistant at First Unitarian Church in Worcester starting in the fall.
To find out more about summer worship services or to lead one, please contact Alex Businger, Worship Associates Chair.
UUAC at First Parish
11 Washington St.
PO Box 158
Sherborn MA 01770